Level Up: Pairing Video Games with Children’s and YA Books (Lego Games)

16 Jun

Level Up- Video Game Book ListsEach Thursday this summer, I’ll be posting a video game and corresponding book list. This is just a fun, personal project that was actually the brainchild of my boyfriend who thought that A) it sounded awesome and B) that there are a lot of parents who would love to have some resources for those kids who would rather be in front of a screen than a book. I’m hoping these titles will appeal to both boys and girls who love gaming and who do love storytelling; they just need the right book to make them readers. Each list will include the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) rating for the game. I know that every family is different, but want to make sure this information is provided as I’ll be offering lists for games for younger kids as well as teens.

Lego Games (Everyone 10+)

LEGO Video Games_1Lego Games are quite extensive with over 50 games released under the Lego umbrella. This list focuses more closely on the super hero, Star Wars, adventure style games that are so popular right now. The following titles are great for children entering the chapter book world and also make great read alouds together as a family. All the titles listed are the first in a series, making it easy to grab another title your child is sure to love!

Captain Awesome to the Rescue (Captain Awesome series) by Stan Kirby

Second grader, Eugene love comic books and superheroes so when he moves to a new school, he dusts off his own cape and his alter-ego Captain Awesome to find the class’ missing hamster!

The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich (Melvin Beederman series) by Greg Trine

Melvin Beederman may not be the best superhero around, but he’s committed to the job… that is, until his cape gets misplaced at the dry cleaner’s and he loses his superpowers! Will Melvin be able to race to the rescue, if he can’t fly?

Freddie Ramos Takes Off (Zapato Power series) by Jacqueline Jules

Freddie receives a mysterious package – inside? Zapato Power shoes that give Freddie super speed! Soon he’s zipping through the neighborhood using his powers for good.

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute (Lunch Lady series) by Jarrett Krosoczka

She’s a lunch lady by day, but she’s also a crime-fighting super hero! This mission –prevent all the popular teachers from being replaced by robots. Her high-tech lunchroom gadgets – a hairnet net, linguini lasso, and her fish stick nunchucks will help her save the day!

Super Amoeba (Squish series)by Jennifer L. Holm

Squish is navigating the difficult world of being a kid – school, home, friends and being a super hero all at the same time, especially because he’s only an amoeba! A fun series for both boys and girls in the graphic novel format.


14 Responses to “Level Up: Pairing Video Games with Children’s and YA Books (Lego Games)”

  1. Kate @ Mom's Radius June 16, 2016 at 10:59 am #

    Great list! We’ve read Freddie Ramos Takes Off already, but I added the others to my list. My son might be a little young right now, but I want to remember them for next year. 🙂

  2. mikefleckcreator June 16, 2016 at 11:57 am #

    Great write up! Have you thought about featuring your writing on any other websites all? Really enjoyed this!

    • literacious June 16, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

      Thanks! This series was going to be for another place, but it ended up not working out. I’d love to be featured on other blogs or websites and am looking into having some guest posts on my blog as well!

      • mikefleckcreator June 28, 2016 at 4:59 am #

        Awesome! Well, if you like, I work for Movie Pilot, I could help you get featured there if you’re interested?

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