Pick a Video Game, Get a Book Recommendation

by Bill Grace, Marketing Coordinator

Buying books for your gamer child can be a tricky endeavor. Luckily for you, I happen to spend a fair amount of time both playing video games and reading books for kids. Let me know what game your child can’t stop playing and I’ll recommend a book they won’t be able to put down!

If they like Marvel’s Spider-Man…Give them Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Sure web-slinging around New York as OG Spider-Man Peter Parker is fun, but what about the rest of the Spider Family? Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces readers to Miles Morales, a Brooklyn teen trying to balance everyday high school life with Spidey superheroics. In a world where more than one can wear the mask, anything is possible!

If they like Super Mario Party…Give them The Magic Misfits

Fantastic cast of characters! Ridiculous tricks and traps! Hijinks galore! All of those could definitely describe Nintendo’s supercharged digital board game, but they could just as easily be applied to The Magic Misfits. From award-winning actor and amateur magician Neil Patrick Harris, comes this delightful story of a young street magician and his illusionist friends who must save their hometown from a bunch of crooked carnies. (P.S. This book is also full of actual magic tricks for readers to master.)

If they like Spyro Reignited…Give them The Wizards of Once

As far as dragons with attitude go, Spyro has some serious competition in Toothless, from Cressida Cowell’s beloved How to Train Your Dragon series. Cowell’s new series The Wizards of Once continues the humor and action from her previous books and adds a whole new world of magic and adventure. Xar, son of the King of Wizards, can’t cast a single spell. And Wish, daughter of the Warrior Queen, has a banned magical object of her own. Their worlds collide in the wildwood, on the trail of a deadly witch…

If they like Pokémon Let’s Go…give them No Better Friend

The latest entry in the Pokémon series lets you adventure with your trusty companion literally by your side. While Judy, the purebred pointer at the center of No Better Friend, may not have Pikachu’s electrifying talents she makes a strong case for man’s best friend still being the dog. The only official canine prisoner of war during World War II, Judy would warn her fellow prisoners of imminent attacks and protect them from brutal beatings. Her friendship with Frank Williams, a radarman in Britain’s Royal Air Force, is one of the great recently unearthed stories of the war.

If they like NBA 2K19…give them Becoming Kareem

Sinking three-pointers as the pros from the NBA’s biggest teams can be quite a rush. But how did those pros get to where they are now? Becoming Kareem chronicles how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the icon and legend he is today, both on and off the court. At one time, Lew Alcindor was just another kid from New York City with all the usual problems: He struggled with fitting in, with pleasing a strict father, and with overcoming shyness that made him feel socially awkward. But with a talent for basketball, and an unmatched team of supporters, Lew Alcindor was able to transform and to become Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

If they like Undertale…give them Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Beneath its colorful cast of monsters and memorably witty dialogue, Undertale hides a warm, compassionate heart. Likewise, Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow manages to sneak a story about family and finding where you belong into a magical world filled with giant talking cats, umbrella public transportation, and a hotel with a mind of its own. Cursed to die on her eleventh birthday, Morrigan Crow has developed a decidedly morose view of the world. However, when her birthday arrives, the mysterious Jupiter North whisks her away to Nevermoor, saving her life and entering her into the trials for membership in the Wundrous Society.