School is in session and the football season is in full bloom. As sports fans know, there is a lot of criticism and blame for losses and then a lot of high praise for those on the winning side of the ledger. But football, like life, is a struggle. It’s about drama and passion; excitement and disappointment; courage and skill; humanity and yes, certainly at times humility. But just like in football, when we experience a loss, we must look ahead to the next game. This is a lesson you want your kids and grandkids to understand. This is something stressed  by “Papa Bear” George Halas. It was one of his “winning ways.”

Papa Bear and the Chicago Bears’ Winning Ways by Patrick McCaskey tells the dramatic story of Pro Football Hall of Famer George Halas and his crucial role in professional football–all written for middle grades readers. Papa Bear’s leadership took professional football from its beginning into the modern age. In Papa Bear and the Chicago Bears’ Winning Ways, highlights of history are presented with vintage photographs. Readers are not only exposed to the story of football, but they get American history as well. Halas’s important words of wisdom, his winning ways, are also explored and are tied into Ben Franklin’s self-help methods for young people. $12, ISBN: 978-1-7345863-1-2 (Pub. 8/2020)