September 2009 Book Brawl

8:54 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Each month, we'll pit similar books against each other in the upper right hand sidebar. All month, it's up to you to vote for your favorite. (You'll find the poll in the top right sidebar) Let's keep it friendly, but in the comments section, please feel free to explain the reasons for your vote. What did you like about the book you chose as the winner? What didn't you like about the the other book(s)?

The 2009 NFL season opens tomorrow with the Titans and Steelers, so it's time to celebrate the kickoff weekend with a Book Brawl dedicated to two children's books written by two influential men in the world of football.

Little T Learns to Share (T. O.'s Time Outs)
Author: Terrell Owens
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Benbella Books (November 15, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933771208
ISBN-13: 978-1933771205

Young children will learn an important and valuable lesson about sharing through this wonderfully illustrated and fun book written by NFL star Terrell Owens. Little T is a boy who doesn't want to share his new football; he is afraid that his friends might mess it up. When he tries to play by himself, however, he realizes that football isn't any fun alone. Thanks to his mother's good advice, he wins back his friends, and learns the virtue of sharing and the importance of being fair.

You Can Do It!
Author: Tony Dungy
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Little Simon Inspirations (July 8, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416954619
ISBN-13: 978-1416954613

Tony Dungy's little brother, Linden, is a third grader who is having a bad day at school. Linden is the youngest of the Dungy family and the least motivated because he hasn't found "it." In a family where everyone seems to have found their special talent, all Linden knows is that he wants to make people happy. With encouragement from his parents, a helping hand from his older brother Tony, and inspiration from God, Linden learns that if he dreams big and has faith, he can do anything!

Ding, Ding, Ding!

Be careful because the blows come fast and furious in the Get in the Game--Read Book Brawl!
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