Believe it or not, games like Minecraft make kids want to read more. They’re reading Minecraft forums and books to learn how to play the game, so they can play it better. There are also new stories about Minecraft adventures that kids are reading. In a WIRED article, Clive Thompson says, “Minecraft is part of a culture of literacy.” Game instructions are scarce, so new players start looking up how it works right away. How-to texts at Minecraft “wikis” and “walk-through” sites, written by gamers for gamers. The Ultimate Player’s Guide to Minecraft or the official Minecraft Redstone Handbook, for example, are printed manuals that you can look at.
You can buy a lot of great Minecraft books for your kids at the store. After going there recently, I thought I’d share a few of the best books that you can buy for your kids. (Maybe for Christmas or for other gifts?) Because it’s reading, right? A few of these books are guides, some are novels, and a few are activity books.
Favorite Minecraft Books
Minecraft: The Island (An Official Minecraft Novel Book 1) by Max Brooks
Readers love it! In this first adventure, Z is stuck on an island in Minecraft and has to figure out how to get back home.
Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 1: A Scare of a Dare by Herobrine Books (SERIES) (ages 6 – 10)
From a Minecraft zombie’s point of view, these are short sentences that will make you laugh. There is no way I could have predicted that this book would be such a good time. Nothing bad. It was fun. Especially for Minecraft fans. Because you have Kindle Unlimited, you can get these for free!
Crack in the Code (Minecraft Stonesword Saga #1) by Nick Eliopulos
Fun fonts are used all over this adventure story, which takes players into the game with a new player named Nick. They might all die because Nick likes to change the code.
Into the Game (Minecraft Woodsword Chronicles) by Nick Eliopulos
A group of five people who play Minecraft get transported inside the game and have to use all their survival and problem-solving skills to stay alive. This is the first book in one of the best Minecraft book series, and it’s a good one. Here is a BOXED SET of Books 1–4.
Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior by Cube Kid, illustrated by Saboten
In this story, Runt is a 12-year-old who has a lot going on. A typical villager has a boring life. He doesn’t want to be that kind of person. He wants to fight like Steve. His school finally agreed that the village might need warriors to fight back against the attacks at night. Whenever Steve loses everything, Runt hopes that Steve will help him train as a warrior. But Mike, who is in the village jail, helps Steve because he’s too down. It’s easy to connect with Runt, who is mostly serious, but wants a different life like most kids his age. He’s competing for a dream job. A great Minecraft book with pictures!
Escape Book The Cursed Temple (Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior) by Alain T. Puyssegur
This is a choose-your-own-adventure book. You are Runt, a villager noob who became a warrior. I can only help save the Villagetown. The cursed king is going to attack and only you can stop him. Making choices, solving riddles and puzzles, and not dying are all things that you must do in order not to die and save everyone, including your best friends, Breeze and Eeebs, who are also in the game. This is a great start to a new series because it has great illustrations, a cool design, and a lot of exciting stories.
Lost in the Nether: Tales of an 8-Bit Kitten by Cube Kid
It’s a Minecraft kitten named Eeebs who gets lost in the Nether. There, he gets supernatural powers, like the ability to talk. It’s a great story with a lot of action and character development. Eeeebs takes on the Endernova’s army and the Enderman in this action-packed adventure.
Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal by Dan TDM, illustrated by Doreen Mulryan
This is a comic book by DanTDM, a Minecraft YouTuber. When my daughter tried it, she didn’t like it. It has a lot of good reviews, so it might be worth a try. Because DanTDM and Trayaurus are finding powerful crystals that can be used for good or for evil, it’s a big problem that Denton, their archenemy, also found a piece of it!
The Invasion of the Overworld by Mark Cheverton
Gameknight999 used to love causing problems for other players in the game, which is called “greeding.” His father came up with a way to get him into the game. After getting killed in Minecraft, he doesn’t know what will happen. Will he respawn? He also learns that the creatures in the game are real, so he’ll have to work with other people to stay alive. Her favorite series of Minecraft books for kids is this one, and she thinks it’s the best one. It’s up to you.
Stampy’s Lovely Book by Stampy (Joseph Garrett)
Now there’s an official Stampy book with facts, games, jokes and activities. It also has comics. This will keep Minecraft fans busy for hours!
The Ultimate Unofficial Encyclopedia for Minecrafters by Megan Miller
Readers will learn how to play the game, how to stay alive, and how to make different mods that can make the game better. This book is a big encyclopedia of player hacks. In full color, the book makes it easy for new and experienced Minecrafters to build, fight, protect, and stay alive in their worlds.
The Minecraft Essential Handbook: An Official Mojang Book by Scholastic
You’ll learn how to find resources, build a shelter and make tools. You also learn how to protect yourself from monsters and more in this guide to Minecraft. I love this series of books because my daughter is a big fan of them!
Minecraft Redstone Handbook by Scholastic
Redstone is a very complicated area of Minecraft. You need to know how to mine, smelt, use repeaters, circuit components, and design circuits in order to work with it. Use tips from Notch to make Redstone creations that will blow your mind.
Minecraft Combat by Scholastic
If you want to learn how to fight monsters and other players, the official Minecraft combat guide will show you how to set traps for them, fight in the Nether and the End, and make weapons.