A dream became reality for North and South Carolina when they were granted an NFL expansion in 1993. Fireworks exploded over the city of Charlotte as the Panthers won their first game with a bang! Cheer alongside their mascot, Sir Purr, and find out what the Carolina Panthers are capable of in this title for beginning readers.
Since 1920, the Chicago Bears have played over 1,000 games! This resilient franchise also boasts the most players inaugurated into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. George Halas, known as “Papa Bear,” has led the team into many victories not only as a player, but as a coach and team owner, too! Learn more about the Chicago Bears in this inspiring team profile for young audiences.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were left without a single win in their first season, but they did not lose hope. In 2003, the Bucs defeated the Oakland Raiders 48-21 claiming their first Super Bowl victory! Follow the Bucs’ highs and lows in this book about underdogs for beginning readers.
On All Saints Day in 1966, the New Orleans Saints became the NFL’s sixteenth franchise. Enthusiastic fans showed their spirit by celebrating “Mardi Gras in Autumn” at their home games. After Hurricane Katrina, the Saints came back stronger than ever and revived the city’s high spirits. Discover what it takes to persevere and succeed in this title for reluctant readers.
Although the Detroit Lions haven’t had much luck in championships, they show courage and spirit on the field. They have produced some amazing star power, including Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders! An interesting fact is that the Detroit Lions have hosted a game every Thanksgiving Day since 1934, with the exception of the years during WWII. Young readers will enjoy learning more about the Detroit Lions in this fascinating title.
Peacekeepers are dedicated to creating and maintaining peace in areas previously torn apart by conflict. They provide training, and advise leaders on how best to improve the safety of their people. Though peacekeepers often work after conflicts have been resolved, danger still lurks in dark corners. Struggling readers will be fascinated to learn about the honorable work conducted in military peacekeeping missions.
Did you know the San Francisco 49ers are named after the miners from the California Gold Rush? The 49ers were home to Joe Montana for over ten years. He is considered one of the NFL’s most legendary quarterbacks. Discover the San Francisco 49ers’ rush to the top in this book for reluctant readers.
Barbie is popular enough to be recognized by her first name alone. But does Barbie have a last name? In this book, fluent readers can find the answer to that question while discovering other interesting information about Barbie. The famous doll's life story is on full display in this title.
Perhaps one of the greatest games that grew professional football fandom was between the New York Jets and the highly-favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. As the underdogs, the Jets won 16-7, shocking viewers across the country. Get the full scoop on the New York Jets in this engaging book for struggling readers.
No other football team had been as creative as the St. Louis Rams when they painted horns on their helmets in the 1940s. The horn insignia remains today along with the team’s spunk and fortitude. Pick up this engaging title and enjoy learning more about the St. Louis Rams.
A perfect season is rare, but the Miami Dolphins did just that in 1972 ending with a Super Bowl VII win! Their name comes from the courage, intelligence, and swiftness of bottlenose dolphins. The Dolphins tackle, dive, and speed down the field at privately-owned Sun Life Stadium. Take a seat and learn more about the Miami Dolphins in this title for struggling readers.
The Baltimore Ravens are a young team, but they have a lot of heart! Standing strong and blocking opponents, their defensive linesmen are known as top-notch athletes in the league. Ravens fans, called the “flock,” cheer them on. This title will show what dedication and teamwork mean to the Baltimore Ravens.
After much anticipation, the Jacksonville Jaguars became an official team in 1993. A pre-season game against the Carolina Panthers demonstrated that they were ready for the big league. Appearing in multiple conference championships, the Jaguars have been successful considering their short time on the charts. Beginning readers will understand the importance of hard work and dedication in this title!
As the company who brought you Rugrats, SpongeBob SquarePants, iCarly, and other loved shows, Nickelodeon has earned its rank as one of the top-rated cable networks in history. Originally called Pinwheel, this entertainment business has come a long way from dumping green slime on show contestants to earning an Academy Award for Rango, a feature film. Young readers will channel their minds to discovering more about Nickelodeon in this fun title.
As the oldest operating football team, the Cardinals have been around for a long time! The football franchise has city-hopped from Chicago to St. Louis, and finally, to Phoenix. No matter their hometown, the team has always sported "Cardinal red" uniforms and lasting determination. Understand how history has unfolded for the Arizona Cardinals in this book for young readers.
Packed in the stadium for opening night in 2002, Houston Texans’ fans twirled red bandanas and celebrated the win against the Dallas Cowboys. They won 19-10! That night, an expansion team had just won their first, regular season game the first time in over 40 years. Learn about the creation of the Houston Texans and their determination to make history in this high-low title.
Not shy of media attention, the Washington Redskins were the first to televise all of their games across the Southern United States. Previously, the Redskins broadcasted their games on the radio. Even though fans can watch or listen at home, the Redskins have been selling out game tickets since 1968! Tune in and discover the Washington Redskins’ traditions and history in this book for reluctant readers.
Starting with black, white, and orange uniforms, the Cincinnati Bengals resembled their division rival, the Cleveland Browns. Fortunately the Bengals' uniforms have evolved. Today they wear bold, black stripes like Bengal tigers. Read about the Cincinnati Bengals’ drive and evolution since 1968 in this title for young readers.
“The Greatest Game Ever Played” was in 1958 between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants. This match is said to have popularized professional football! With Hall of Famers Johnny Unitas, Jim Parker, Raymond Berry, and Lenny Moore, the Colts beat the Giants 23-17. Today, the Colts play at Lucas Oil Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility with a retractable roof. Readers can learn more fun facts about the Colts' history in this title packed with action.
One of the most successful franchises on and off the field, the Dallas Cowboys team is no stranger to the Super Bowl and division championships! The crowd loves cheering them on with the famous Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. Young learners will admire the Cowboys’ accomplishments and find out why they are known as “America’s Team” in this fun read.
In 2013, fans of the Seattle Seahawks cheered at the top of their lungs, recording a 137.6-decibel reading. This is louder than a jet taking off! Extreme fans became known as “12s” when Seahawks president retired the number 12 jersey from game play in recognition of diehard Seahawks fans. Get pumped by reading this high-interest title on the Seattle Seahawks!
The early days of the New York Giants helped the NFL become what it is today: America’s most popular sport. Representing New York City, the Giants boast a huge fan base. In 2008, Eli Manning led the Giants to victory in a huge Super Bowl upset against the New England Patriots. Explore the history behind one of the NFL’s most recognized teams in this title for young audiences.
With sixteen seconds left and the Titans down 15-16, many fans thought the 1999 game against Buffalo was over. Suddenly, after a short kickoff, Frank Wycheck passed the ball to Kevin Dyson who sprinted down the line and scored a 75-yard touchdown! Having taken place in Nashville, this play was coined the “Music City Miracle.” Check out the Tennessee Titans’ heart-racing games in this exciting title.
In medieval times, knights could dominate any battlefield. Armed with swords, shields, spears, and lances, they rode their horses into battle and struck fear into their enemies. Readers will discover the tactics, weapons, and tools of knight warfare and why knights remain some of historys greatest warriors.
Wealthy ancient Romans got their kicks at the arena, where convicted criminals, slaves, and prisoners of war were pitted against each other in physical combat. The contenders were called gladiators, and they fought until they found relief in victory, mercy, or death. Readers will be fascinated by the gladiators life in training and battle.