Minecraft Books For Beginner Readers – Minecraft has truly taken the world by storm, and there’s no better way to inspire young readers than with items they love. But if you’re looking for a book site dedicated to Minecraft fiction, your options will be a little overwhelming! So, I’ve highlighted some of the best Minecraft series we’ve ever read (and trust me, we’ve read a lot here). I’ve also included Amazon affiliate links in case you want to buy some of these yourself (you can read about my affiliate link on my disclosure page). If you liked this post, you may also want to check out my other reviews: More Minecraft Books for Kids: Diary of a Minecraft Zombie and Minecraft Comics for Kids.
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- 1 Minecraft Books For Beginner Readers
- 2 Escape From The Nether! (minecraft) By Nick Eliopulos, Paperback
- 3 Diary Of A Minecraft Creeper: Diary Of A Minecraft Creeper Book 1: Creeper Life (paperback)
- 4 The Big Blue Book Of Beginner Books P. D. Eastman
Minecraft Books For Beginner Readers
Perhaps Mojang missed the boat a bit by not jumping on the book marketing bandwagon. When my Jersey mommy’s boy developed an interest in Minecraft, I started looking for books he might enjoy to help balance the game. We found an amazing four-book series published by Scholastic (more on that below), but no storybooks, puzzles, or even coloring books (at least not the “official” ones) were found. This is where these “unofficial” books come to the rescue. The word unofficial means that they are not endorsed by Mojang, Minecraft, or any organization that goes by the Minecraft name. This made me think that their quality might be a little questionable. But nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to the Winter Morgan series!
Escape From The Nether! (minecraft) By Nick Eliopulos, Paperback
The Winter Morgan series is a collection of chapter books for young readers (various ages, but I’d say 6 and up). My son is starting to read chapter books, but we decided to share them as read alouds (i.e. I read them to him so he could enjoy them more). There are no pictures in the book, but the chapters are short and we can read them quite quickly before going to bed.
I was afraid that the book would be violent or too scary for my little one. This is also not the case. The stories we’ve read so far seem to focus on friendship while keeping the general idea of gameplay (in survival mode). My son seemed to enjoy it and took advantage of all the features the game had to offer. You’ll find the same mobs (or bad guys), the same biomes, worlds, tools and game concepts. The stories were cute and the book itself was quite well written (Winter Morgan is obviously a pen name for a legitimate author of adult and children’s literature). If your child isn’t afraid of the monsters in the game itself, then they probably won’t be afraid of the monsters mentioned here.
My son’s enthusiasm for this book is truly inspiring. I can honestly tell you that he wanted to read it as soon as I bought it. He put on his pajamas and climbed into bed without protesting because he knew we were going to read another chapter. This morning he didn’t play Minecraft at all, but instead asked to read another chapter of the book. He even asked me to read it in the car in the school line! Is it true!! I can’t guarantee that this will happen to every Minecraft reader, but hey, it’s definitely worth a try!
Minecraft Zombie Diary is by far our favorite Minecraft book series. You can read a detailed review of the entire series here. This fanfic is so popular that it was even nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award in 2016! We were also very pleased to see it featured at a school book fair that Jersey Moms School visited last fall.
Friend That Cat!: An Unofficial Minecraft Story For Early Readers By Anna Kopp
I would say this book series is good for kids ages 9 and up, primarily because it is written from the perspective of a teenage zombie boy. He talks about things like zombie girls and puberty, which many young children may not understand. But we started reading this series to my Jersey mom when he was about 7, and he loved it. If something came up that we didn’t think he would understand, we just jumped on it.
Never! Zombie is a sweet boy, just like his friends. The scariest thing you see here are the school bullies (and Zombie handles them well, trust me).
I’ve yet to meet a Minecraft-loving kid who didn’t love the series. It has all the elements kids love: short chapters, little pictures scattered throughout, and fun storylines. The characters are cute and the Minecraft theme is strong throughout. If your child really likes this, check out the Minecraft comic series or the Herobrine books, also written by the same author.
Warning! There are farts in this book series. If you don’t have a problem with that (and most kids love to fart for some reason), then this episode might be for you. Stinky Steve has an unusual superpower, and it’s his super fart! This book is difficult to read without laughing. It’s just plain old fun. In addition, author P.T. Evans, he’s a really good guy. You can also read his other book, Minecat, about a cat who gets sucked into the world of Minecraft, or his collage series that combines your favorite apps and Minecraft into one story.
Bundle Of 3 Minecraft Early Reader Books
Anyone who thinks farting is funny! These are chapter books intended for children ages 8 and up. They have silly pictures and short chapters that are great for reluctant readers (you know those kids who always tell you they hate reading?).
Never! But it’s full of farts, burps, and the usual gross body sounds. If your child is comfortable with this, then there is no problem!
I don’t know what it is about babies and farts, but they find them hysterical. Any parent or school teacher can confirm this! So there are chances, yes. If farting isn’t their thing, try P.T. Other Evans series such as Minecat or mashups. It’s just cute.
Another “unofficial” Minecraft series for young readers is the GameKnight999 series by Mark Cheverton. Mark has a website where you can read all about his books and find out what’s coming next. Mark is a Minecraft fan himself and his website is full of interesting links and places to share. Be sure to check it out!
Diary Of A Minecraft Creeper: Diary Of A Minecraft Creeper Book 1: Creeper Life (paperback)
The Gameknight999 series is aimed at children ages 9 and up, mainly because it has a lot more reading material. They are a bit thicker than the Winter Morgan series and have a lot more words per page. No pictures (hint, authors, I swear these books would be even better if you added a few pictures! Just sayin’). The stories are a little more complex: they are about a character who is “drawn” into a game of Minecraft, and the surprises he finds there. The main character of this series also starts out as a Griefer (one who deliberately ruins the game for others by stealing and destroying).
Some of the languages in this series are also aimed at older children, as characters use terms such as “Irda” and some text message languages such as LOL, which some younger children may not yet understand. Personally, I think this book is best suited for children ages 10 and up, and primarily for independent reading rather than read aloud.
As with the other series, if your child isn’t afraid of the monsters in Minecraft, they can handle the monsters in the book. There’s nothing too scary in the story, but there is the usual archery and the usual monster killing. This author talks a lot about the physical pain that creatures inflict on the character during combat, so this may upset some readers. And the author goes into great detail about how the monsters fight with “razor-sharp claws” and black eyes with hatred and death that some children may find too strong. Even his discussion of NPC villagers “screaming in pain and agony” when attacked by zombies may be too much for some Minecraft fans. If in doubt, review the book or read it yourself first to make sure it is appropriate for your child.
Scholastic, Inc., who has been a longtime friend of mine both as a teacher and as a mother, has published a series of four books, and unlike the other series I mentioned, they are Minecraft-approved. They include full photographs and descriptions of the games. All the books we bought were hardcover.
The Big Blue Book Of Beginner Books P. D. Eastman
This book series is for everyone who loves Minecraft. Since these are guides and mainly focus on gaming strategies, anyone can follow them.
No, absolutely not. These books are strategy guides with periodic gameplay.
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