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Goodnight Football

(Sports Illustrated Kids Bedtime)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  319 ratings  ·  57 reviews
From the opening kick off to the final whistle, Goodnight Football will bring the excitement of a football game to the youngest fan. The rhyming text, vibrant illustrations, and gentle ending will capture the love of the game through a child's eyes. A celebration of football, friendship, and family. This book is sure to be a touchdown for every football fan! ...more
Published July 1st 2014 by Capstone Young Readers
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Katie Fitzgerald
A young boy attends a football game, then says goodnight to everyone and everything involved.

The pictures in this book are bold, bright, and colorful. They capture the sights and sounds of a lively football game, showing everything from cheerleaders to players on the field to fans in the stands. The characters depicted in the images are diverse in race, gender, and overall appearance. Many of the illustrations capture unique points of view. The reader is able to see the football up close, to loo
Damera Blincoe
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review of Goodnight Football by Michael Dahl
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Age Group: 4-8
Format: eGalley
Source: Netgalley

A boy spends a night under the bright lights, watching football with his family. He enjoys the roar of the crowds, the action on the field, and the overall experience. At the end, he says goodbye to all of his memories of the night. It's football season at its finest.

I loved this little book. As the mother of a football player, I felt the moments
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Five stars even though I am not wild about the illustrations.
Why? Because I am a HUGE football fan and the football references were worked in perfectly to a sing-songy, goodnight rhyme. It wasn't cheesy at all (unless you include my huge smile). And best of all, it's a very diverse cast of characters, focusing on an African American family.
I love this. I want one for my personal collection!
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture
This is probably the best explanations of this sport to young listeners and readers. The game is seen through the eyes of a young boy. Basic football terms should help young ones to understand the game.
I really wanted to like this one, but it fell flat for me.

I liked that it was a children's book incorporating sports. The illustrations were great. And I noticed right away that it portrayed people of multiple races.

But, it just didn't work. The rhyming gets tricky and rocky, and I didn't like the transition in the story. The first have is all about football and plays and then it turns into saying goodnight to a bunch of football stuff. I think it would have been better if there was just one goo
The kid LOVES this book! Football is one of her favorite things and so is the color orange and this book has both of those. It's fun to read aloud although the flow can get a little muddled sometimes but all in all, this is one that will end up on our shelves at some point. ...more
Kristi Betts
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE football! No matter if it is the middle of summer. There are only 81 days until the first kick off of the season between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos. Now, I have to admit I am excited once football seasons starts, but I am planning to enjoy my summer before the start of football. How am I going to do that you may ask? By reading...about football. No, not everything I read this summer will be about football, but it is a great way to enjoy the sport before the season starts. ...more
Natalie Lorenzi
Jul 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I think lots of kids and parents will love the concept of a picture book that combines football and bedtime. The illustrations are bright and show interesting vantage points, such as the page where the reader sees the players' faces in a huddle from inside the circle. The cast of characters is diverse, and they all show good sportsmanship at the end. The text uses several football terms that are supported by the illustrations (except for "possessions") so that young readers with background knowl ...more
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
This book is adorable and I will be passing it on to family to read with their young ones. It follows a family as they attend a football game and all the wonders that are there. The colors and pictures are bold and bright to hold the attention of youngsters and the story is cute as it follows the kids leaving the stadium saying goodnight to all of the wonderful things that make up football. Lastly, the story rhymes, making it fun and easy to read aloud.

Being a book for ages 4-8 there isn't much
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
ARC provided by NetGalley

This a cute picture book that shows a little boy's love for football and all the fun of going to watch a game with family and friends. With rhyming text and adorable illustrations, it's definitely going to be popular with young football fans and their families. The connection to the classic Goodnight Moon only comes at the end when the little boy is saying goodnight to the stadium and all his football related things before he goes to sleep but it was my favorite part. De
Diah Didi
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really really enjoyed the illustration since I know nothing about football. :D And somehow I really loved the way the author saying goodnight to everything and everyone to end the story. How peaceful it felt at last when I saw the boy sleeps hugging the ball. :)

*eARC provided by Publisher via Net Galley. Thank you so much!
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
So cute! Great lap-reading book for the upcoming football season (and to tide you over during the off-season). Simple text with only a few football terms that might have to be explained. Illustrations are great!

I received an electronic review copy from the publisher.
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a book for little boys (and sporty girls). The rhymes are good and the artwork fun. Im not a big football fan, but I would read it to my little foot ball fan.
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute for Pajama Storytime, since we had a football theme in honor of the Superbowl. Unfortunately, the kiddos were VERY active, and wouldn't sit for ANYTHING! Oh, well! Maybe another time :) ...more
very cute! great bedtime story for little football fans everywhere!
Ashtyn Cooper
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Goodnight Football is a wonderfully written spin-off of the very popular Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. This book follows that same famous rhyming scheme but instead takes us through a football game from the perspective of a child. From cheerleaders and the band, to the quarter back and the concession's stand, this book covers it all. In the process it says goodnight to all just as a child who was leaving a football game would say goodnight to all his favorite things, and most importantl ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(i don't see a kindle option again, i did read it on my kindle, just saying!!) i will say that baseball is my favorite sport if i have to pick one ...but these books if you are picking a fave from them ... "Goodnight Football" and "Goodnight Hockey" the illustrations are so much cooler in them verses the baseball one .. just saying .. maybe it is the colors used or pictures displayed and whatnot??! so amazing either way ... well done! ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
Age: elementary+
Plot: A kid goes to a football game and then says goodnight to all the parts of it as he is leaving for the night, in the style of Goodnight Moon
Length: Medium
Wordiness: high at first (football knowledge required), then low
Ed Hall
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story is a cute telling of attending a football game, the excitement and the fun. The story describes some big plays for the win and then brings the reader back down from the excitement to say goodnight and prepare the reader for bed. A good story to read to young football fans before bedtime.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fiction, sports
Adorable bed time story for any little football fan. My daughter loved it as it reminded her one of her favorite ‘almost brothers’ (her older brother’s friend). It was nice to read on a cool fall evening.
Bridgette Elston
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Goodnight moon meets football. :)
Abby Herp
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Has an enjoyable rhyme scheme and vibrant page filling illustrations.
Great book for teaching kids about football. 🏈Great illustrations!
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute bedtime story for little football fans.
Miss Sarah
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
A family attends a football game and then says goodnight to each part of the game before bed. cute. toddler and up
Jared Andrus
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great bedtime book

My 4 year old loves this book at bedtime. It is great for my little football lover. I recommend it
Lakia Predeoux
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5yr old approved

5 year old grandson loved it. I had to read it over and over. On to the next one! Thanks
James C Evans
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute book

Cute book cute but my sons really enjoyed. Siri is Siri is Siri hi Siri giggling ggg Gibbs ggggg. Ggg
Great read for football season and wonderfully illustrated.
Ethan & Isaac
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I would love to fall asleep to football every night
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Michael Dahl is the author of over 100 children's books. Some of his most popular series are Finnegan Zwake, Library of Doom, and Dragonblood. He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a haunted house.

He also writes under aliases Chris Carey, Rick Thomas, and Mark Ziegler.

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