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10 Best Minecraft Books for Kids

1st April 2019

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I wonder how many of you have spent this weekend like I have, negotiating with your kids as to how much time they spend doing the things that they want to do (playing Minecraft) verses what you'd like them to be doing (reading, playing with all those untouched toys in the cupboard, spontaneously undertaking a science experiment without any adult help, baking, making a life-size rocket out of discarded household objects...), ok ok who am I kidding, I'd be happy with pretty much anything which doesn't involve screen time. 

So I can understand why it might seem counter-intuitive to be recommending children's books about Minecraft. Surely this will encourage them to play more Minecraft, right? Well, rather surprisingly, no. Not unless you can suddenly acquire extra hours in the day (in which case where do I sign up?!) then I've found that far from increasing time spent on Minecraft, getting your Minecraft fan, a book about Minecraft, seems to actually have no other effect than to increase the time they spend reading. With enthusiasm. As in, I don't even have to nag them to read. They, gulp, seem to actually WANT to read. Who knew?

Embarrassingly, it's the piece of advice I most often give to parents of reluctant readers. Find something they're interested in (in my case mostly football and unicorns) and browse books with said child (in a bookshop or in a library) until something catches their eye. So let's all of us put down our book snobbery for a moment and embrace a brand which understands that a) there's no better way for a child to learn about a subject than through a book and b) that games and books can happily coexist together. Happy parent AND happy child. Win. Win. 

If you want to give this a try, here are our favourites below (and a few new books coming out this year I've got my eye on)...

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10 Best Minecraft Books for Kids

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1. Minecraft: Beginner's Handbook

Every Minecrafter's journey should begin with the Minecraft Beginner's Handbook, your indispensable guide to conquering the Overworld. With only ten minutes of daylight you will need to find all the resources you can before darkness falls, the monsters will come looking for you. But never fear - this Handbook will teach you how to protect yourself from monsters. You'll also get practical advice on how to find resources, make a bed, and mine for rare ores. It also includes exclusive interviews with Minecraft creator Notch and developer Jens Bergensten.

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2. Minecraft Guide to Enchantments and Potions

The official Minecraft Guide to Enchantments and Potions will teach you how to improve your chances of survival. You'll learn how to enchant your tools, weapons and armour with the right effect for every dangerous situation, and discover how to brew all manner of potions to improve your performance and to weaken your opponents. And once you're an enchantments and potions expert, you'll discover how to build an impressive magic tower where you can put your newfound skills to good use.

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3. Minecraft Guide to Creative

Learn the finer points of architecture, art and other creative disciplines with Minecraft Guide to Creative, and put theory into practice to build incredible constructions in Minecraft. Find out how to combine colours and textures to create different themes, devise intricate plans for complex builds, and discover secret hacks to use blocks in clever ways.

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4. Minecraft Guide to Exploration

The official Minecraft Guide to Exploration from Mojang will help you to survive and thrive. You'll learn how to find resources, craft equipment and protect yourself from hostile mobs. Discover which biomes to avoid when starting out, how to build a mob-proof shelter and where to look for naturally-generated structures laden with loot.

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5. Minecraft Guide to The Nether and the End

Now that you've mastered the Overworld, the time has come to brave the perilous Nether and End dimensions. But survival will be even more difficult here and you'll need to up your game if you want to make it back to the Overworld in one piece.The official Minecraft Guide to the Nether and the end will help you survive as you navigate new terrain, discover new hostile mobs and attempt to collect unique materials. Learn how to kill fire-resistant mobs in the Nether and repurpose Nether fortresses, then master the art of defeating the ender dragon and explore the outer islands of the End dimension.

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6. Minecraft: The Survivors' Book of Secrets

The official Minecraft Survivors' Book of Secrets from Mojang is brimming with tips and tactics that NO other book can give you! Who better to ask for Minecraft secrets than the Survivors? These underground experts have been around since the days of Alpha. What they have to tell you will revolutionise your gameplay, introducing new strategies for crafting, combatting, and surviving.

Did you know that if you shoot your enemy with a spectral arrow they'll be outlined in a glow so you'll be able to track them?
Did you know that you can build enemy traps with sand?
Did you know that you can tame wolves to chase away skeletons?
Did you know zombies can break through wooden doors but not iron ones?

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7. Minecraft Survival Sticker Book

Take your first steps into the Overworld, and learn all about the perils that await with this official Mojang activity book, filled with survival tips, secret tricks and hundreds of stickers. Discover which hostile mobs are best avoided, learn how to build an epic base, and find out where to locate the best blocks and items by completing the exciting activities inside. With so much to do, there's enough to keep young Minecrafters busy for hours!

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8. Minecraft Guide to Enchantments and Potions

The official Minecraft Guide to Enchantments and Potions will teach you how to improve your chances of survival. You'll learn how to enchant your tools, weapons and armour with the right effect for every dangerous situation, and discover how to brew all manner of potions to improve your performance and to weaken your opponents. And once you're an enchantments and potions expert, you'll discover how to build an impressive magic tower where you can put your newfound skills to good use.

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9. Minecraft Guide to PVP Minigames

The official Minecraft Guide to PVP Minigames is full of inspiring games for you to recreate in your own world. Whether you prefer non-PVP combat games like arrow golf and elytra ace or games that let you battle other players like spleef and sky wars, there's something for everyone.

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10. The Official Minecraft Annual 2019

The official Minecraft Annual 2019 is a celebration of Minecraft's Year of Building. Inside you'll find build ideas, fun activities and a showcase of the Minecraft community's most impressive community builds. You'll also hear from expert build team Blockworks, and the Mojang team have some build challenges for you to try, too.

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