Children have Educational and Creative Fun using their Favorite Book as the Basis of a Board Game

“Journey to Gameland: How to make a Board Game from Your Favorite Children’s Book” by Ben Buchanan, Carol J. Adams, Susan Allison and Doug Buchanan” (Paperback) encourages both education and fun. Reading becomes the basis for creating a board game.

I gave this book to two girls aged ten and eight in South Africa and they just loved it! The following two reviewers are of the same opinion.

:5.0 out of 5 stars For kids, by a kid — this is a great activity book, August 24, 2003
By Diane C. Howard (Burlington, Iowa, United States) –

Written by a kid (with adult help) and illustrated by the kid’s brother, JTG is a remarkable way to encourage creativity and get kids to do something besides watch TV or play on the computer.
This isn’t an adult book, so some of the advice (how to make money, pawns, etc) might make grown-ups cringe and cry out that it is too crude or unfinished. So what? We’re talking make-believe.
Buchanan goes step by step, offering advice and warning where difficulties might come in. His technique is simple and obvious, and any child can modify his advice to suit (soccer, favorite movie, family things). He even includes a super book list!
I bought this book at a local bookstore and even though I have no kids and have nobody to play board games with I think this is easily a five-star book. You can even use it as a birthday party event (directions included).
This is a marvelous edition to a family, school or church library. You won’t be sorry.

5.0 out of 5 stars From the Board Games Editor at, January 31, 2006
By Megan Romer (Ithaca, NY) –
This book teaches your child how to make a board game based on their favorite book, and it’s interactive, like a workbook.

The premise of the book is fun. Instead of being a standard workbook, it’s written in a style that mimics an actual journey, with “Postcards” that your child will fill in and “Guideposts”, which are for the parent or teacher to read.

While a child reading and discovering this book will probably be gently tricked into thinking that they’re doing nothing but having fun, as a parent or teacher, you’ll realize how much they’re getting out of the activity! They’re thinking critically about their chosen book, finding ways to adapt it into a game using math and logic, and being artistic! What more can you ask?

This book is a great resource for kids who can’t get enough of their favorite book, for parents who are trying to teach their child how to think critically about literature, and for teachers to help provide inspiration.


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