Cool Kid Books for the Minecraft Lover: Roundup by Robin Gorman Newman
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Publisher: Sky Pony Press (February 10, 2015)
- For ages 5-13
This striking (coffee table size) paperbook, great as both a collectible and a gift, takes a totally original approach to presenting stories from the Bible. If your child is a fan of Minecraft, the uber-popular, highly addictive video game, this is a cool way to pique their curiosity and educate them about tales ranging from The Story of Creation to Mose’s Great Journey to The Birth of Jesus and lots more.
Authors Chris Miko and Garrett Romines are elementary school teachers whose goal it was to inspire young children to learn about the Bible, by presenting it in an imaginative, bold, adventurous, colorful, memorable fashion.
The pages of the book bring to life, in stunning Minecraft style, Biblical figures including Jonah, Adam and Eve, Ruth, etc. There are 29 tales in all, almost half of which depict Jesus. Each story is concise, which makes it an easy, appealing read….especially for kids with a tight attention span.
There are over 270 images, and for my 12 year old son, who is a year away from Bar Mitzvah and attends Hebrew School, this is an appealing way to inspire him to take in these classic tales. We are enjoying reading them together, and he gets wide-eyed with delight at the detailed drawings. Visit http://www.skyponypress.com/book/?GCOI=61608103455460&.
Also from Sky Pony Press is a series of Minecraft Hacks hardcover books by Megan Miller that promote imagination by teaching kids Minecraft tricks of the trade, intended for ages 7+. All of them will surely keep your thriving Minecrafter engaged for hours. And, if your child is like my son, he or she is already addicted to Minecraft, so they will love these. The titles are:
This 149 page guide features over 100 full-color screenshots of in-game footage, so readers can readily follow each tip. It offers up experitse on Mining, Farming, Battle, Magic, Railways, Food and Fishing, and more. Visit http://www.skyponypress.com/book/?GCOI=61608100194430&
This 122 page guide teaches kids how to defend their property and fight off mobs and monsters like zombies, spiders, killer bunnies, skeletons and more. Learning defense is an integral part of Minecraft. The book shares tips on how to build weapons, set traps and escape unscathed. It even offers stats that help readers identify the most ominous attackers and how to deal with them. This is a must read for Minecraft survival. Visit http://www.skyponypress.com/book/?GCOI=61608108131390&
This 118 page guide offers tips to help with finding the best locations, learning how to decorate, becoming landscaping experts, building and customizing a survival home, creating a Japanese pagoda, and more. Also with over 100 screenshots, this book is a feast for any Minecrafter’s eyes. It provides essential details to help your kids create, and step-by-step illustrations make it easy to follow along. Visit http://www.skyponypress.com/book/?GCOI=61608100555410&
With these guides, I defer to the judgement of my Minecraft-manic 12 year old son who assures me they rock! Each states on its cover Top Secret and Classified, which is enough to get any devoted Minecraft player jazzed. As a parent, I strongly encourage my son to break from electronics whenever possible, and this is a welcome way to inspire them to read, yet not feel they’re fully missing out on precious Minecraft time. For that reason alone, these books get my vote!
Note: Thanks to the publisher for providing books.