Lucy Tries Soccer

Eager to try a summer sport, Lucy and her friends meet at the soccer field for their first game of three-on-three! Thanks to Coach Nick, Lucy and the rest of Team Blue learn a few basic skills as they prepare to face Team Red.

This is the third book in the Lucy Tries Sports series, designed to encourage children to get active and participate in sports. In Lucy Tries Soccer, Lucy discovers how much fun it is to play on a team and learns why soccer is the world's most popular game.

The Lucy Tries Sports series reinforces the HIGH FIVE principles of healthy child development needed for quality programs, including the support of a caring adult, the opportunity to participate, to play, to make friends and to master skills.

Also available, Lucy Tries Luge and Lucy Tries Short Track. Watch for Lucy Tries Hockey, coming Fall 2018.

Awards, Reviews and Endorsements


"In jaunty rhyming text, Bowes captures the exhilaration of the game, building the anticipation as Lucy's team works collaboratively on the field...Emphasizing teamwork and good sportsmanship, the tale focuses on Lucy's enjoyment of the game...A positive example for young players. A "Fast Facts!" section provides further information about soccer for interested readers. The book's format includes text with various words and phrases highlighted in bold, eye-catching colors, accompanied by sunny, upbeat illustrations. Hearne's artwork captures the energetic enthusiasm of Lucy, a redheaded white girl, and her racially diverse friends. The cheery pictures of these young athletes wholeheartedly playing and learning the sport aptly convey the global appeal of soccer. With playful exuberance, Bowes' lively tale shares the fun of soccer with young readers." Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2016



"Lucy is an awesome role model for kids at any age! She demonstrates the value of getting involved in sports and how teamwork and good coaching can positively affect childhood and beyond." —Christine Sinclair, Captain of the Canadian National Soccer team and Olympic medalist

"I can't wait to share Lucy’s message of fair play and sportsmanship with my own grandchildren.  The LUCY stories help children learn about sports in a gentle encouraging fun manner." —Tony Wooster, President of Calgary Minor Soccer Association



"Appealing and friendly illustrations...A fine introductory story to read before a new team gathers to learn the game." School Library Journal, April 1, 2016

"A great story for sharing with both boys and girls...The story teaches the ins and outs of soccer, in a way that many preschoolers will relate to...Recommended for school and public libraries." Resource Links, April 1, 2016



"Lucy serves as a strong role model for young girls and boys. She teaches them about three of the most important pillars in the game: sportsmanship, hard work, and a positive attitude on and off the pitch!" —Bob Lenarduzzi, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame


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