Walker Books has acquired a children’s non-fiction series that helps children explore science, maths, politics and geography through football.
The books are written by Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton and the first, The Football Academy, will be published in hardback in September 2016.
Publisher Denise Johnstone-Burt, who acquired the world English rights to The Football Academy and a sequel from by Rebecca Carter at Janklow & Nesbit, said: “The moment I heard the idea of a book about the world explained through football I knew it was a winner. Football has never been more popular and Alex and Ben have come up with a brilliant and funny way of interesting children in the world around them. We are known for our exciting non-fiction and this series of books fits right into what we do best.”
Bellos ghostwrote Pelé’s 2006 autobiography, entitled Pelé (Simon & Shuster) and is the author of Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life, which was shortlisted for sports book of the year at the 2004 British Book Awards (Bloomsbury).
Lyttleton is a journalist and director at Soccernomics, a football consultancy that helps clubs and governing bodies improve performance and save money, and his book Twelve Yards: The Art and Psychology of the Perfect Penalty will be published by Penguin in July.