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Best Boy Books: Diary of a Minecraft Zombie

MINECRAFT. If you have a son under the age of 13 you know exactly what I am talking about. If you don’t, you may need to check it out. Minecraft is a VERY popular game with boys. It allows players to design and construct their own 3D box world which they can then explore, craft, gather, and eventually use combat methods in with other players, zombies, etc. It is so popular that it has spawned an entire merchandise line, television show, and even books.

This month we want to highlight a series of books that any Minecraft lover will want. Diary of a Minecraft Zombie. This series follows a middle school Minecraft Zombie through his daily life. It is rife with funny video game references, and will keep your little player in stitches. It gives a fun diary style insight in to the world of a 12 year old Minecraft zombie. Readers/players will be surprised how similar their life and the zombies lives actually are. It is a fun and fairly straightforward read for readers 7-12. The series features nearly 17 books and they are available in paperback, hardback, and kindle edition.

These fun a quirky books may just encourage readers that would rather play video games than read to look at a book and see what it has to offer. By adapting their favorite game and giving human emotions to the familiar characters it encourages players to take a deeper look at their game, and themselves, all while keeping the pleasantly entertained.

Books about Presidents

Our kids do a lot of learning outside of the classroom. One of the ways they learn is by reading. Reading i one of the fun ways to learn new things. Especially when you read non-fiction. Non-fiction books do not have to be boring, they can actually be really fun. When you are learning new, interesting, and fun things about someone that you already know something about you become more excited about that person, and about learning. That is why we are suggesting some fun non-fiction books this month. The President of the United States is someone new every 4 or 8 years. We know all of their names. We even know a little bit about some of the more popular ones. But do we know anything fun or personal about them? By learning something fun and personal about them we can learn more about them as individuals.

Master George’s People: George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation: This fun book about our first President, George Washington, covers a wide range of background on the man who led our country in one of its most important moments. It tells about him as he was during his Presidency, and just before his presidency, and just after it. It really opens up about his slaves, his involvement  in the war, and creating our nation. This is a book for grades 5-8th.

Teedie: The Story of Young Teddy RooseveltThis book follows Theodore Roosevelt and discusses him as a child. Follow along and learn about the great bull moose president’s early years and how they shaped him to lead a country.

Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of HopeThis book allows kids to learn more about our most recent president. President Obama was probably the first president many of our kids had experience with. Now they can learn more about him as a child, the way he grew up, and how he became the man at the helm of change.

Best Boy Books in Historical Fiction: The Great Trouble

Does your son dream in black and white? Does he look for danger and mystery in everything he sees? You may have the next great detective on your hands. If your son is interested in mystery novels then this novel is a great choice.  The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson brings together mystery and history. It is an excellent way to not only keep your kids interested in reading, but also keeping them interested in reading and learning. 

Set in London in 1854 the book follows Eel, an orphan, and a “mudlark” he searches the river Thames everyday for things to sell so he can afford food. Like most vagrants he is constantly on the watch for a quick shilling, something to eat, and to steer clear of other vagrants. Fisheye Bill Tyler is the nastiest vagrant there is, and he is after Eel. Eel must do everything he can to keep safe, which becomes increasingly harder in August when Cholera comes to Broad Street. It is spreading quick, but Dr John Snow has a theory that can help to stop it. Eel and his best friend Florrie are trying to help Dr. Snow. This fun and intriguing tale of mystery and history will keep your boys turning pages as fast as they can.

The great trouble

Now your son can learn about the past while keeping his brain thinking fast and quenching his thirst for a great mystery. Check it out now at your local library or find it in stores. You and your boys will not be disappointed.