Kid Books That Should Be Board Games

I'm still not sure how we got on the topic in another thread, but Marsh and I have been talking kid books. Well, mostly Little Blue Truck. And it got me thinking...What are some kid books that would make great games?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a game; my 3-year-old got it from his Nana for his birthday a few months back.

I could see Little Blue Truck being a lot of fun as a game.

Goodnight Moon, perhaps?

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Supporter12 months ago

Wind in the willows needs to be a board game. 

12 months ago

YES! I used to love Wind in the Willows!

Supporter12 months ago

I still love it. I don't know if you follow Kyle Ferrin on Instagram. But he is reading it for the first time and he drew up some characters. He needs to illustrate the genre. 

12 months ago

I follow him now! I just checked out his Instagram and dang, those are great! I'd love love love for that to be a game with that art.

Supporter12 months ago

He is so good. 

Supporter12 months ago

“Where The Wild Things Are”

Supporter12 months ago

Ooh! I thought of another setting - Brian Jacques’ Redwall books! I’m surprised I didn’t immediately think of this one! So many cool things you could do in this setting!

Supporter12 months ago

I haven't played it... But it seems like something like Mice and Mystics wouldn't take too many changes to be turned into Redwall the board game. 

12 months ago

This would be an excellent choice!!!

Supporter12 months ago

Like a game of Woodland Might and Right? Haha

12 months ago

Now where have I heard that before...? hahaha

Supporter12 months ago

C.S. Lewis’ Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe would be interesting. 

Supporter12 months ago

I've thought and thought about the Chronicles of Narnia. And, as my username bears evidence, I do enjoy them quite a bit. But I can't really figure out how to make a game around it. C. S. Lewis' message is such a integral part of his books that a game could really 'run on rails' or feel extremely scripted. Do you have any good ideas on how to implement a game around The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe? 

Supporter12 months ago

Great point about the message of the game. 

Perhaps it could be a legacy type deck building game in the vein of Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle- you would be able to follow a story line but still have chances to interact with the game. 

12 months ago

That'd be fun as a Legacy-style game. I'd love to see someone implement it while keeping the message.

Supporter12 months ago

I guess that could work. 

Supporter12 months ago

Other suggestions would be:

Nibbles The Book Monster

Cat In the Hat

Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs

Little Fox's Tail

12 months ago

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs would be fun! Set collection...or something haha 

Supporter12 months ago

My kids would love the little blue truck!

Supporter12 months ago

I’ve got little blue truck memorized at this point haha. I’d like to see Where the wild things are as a game

12 months ago

Little Blue Truck is such a fun book. It’s hard to not have it memorized!

Supporter12 months ago

All 3 of my kiddos loved this one too. 

Supporter12 months ago

Where the wild things are would be a good game... could be a bit trippy though depending on how it was done

12 months ago

I think trippy is have the point of that story haha

Supporter12 months ago

A criminally underappreciated work for older kids, maybe 10-14 is Carroll Kendall's "The Gammage Cup." I would love to see a game based on that. 

12 months ago

I am not familiar with that. I’ll have to check it out!

Supporter12 months ago

I'm going to have to check that book out!

Supporter12 months ago

These are for slightly older kids but....

A resource management game based on Dr. Suess' Lorax. 

And something based on a Bill Peet story. Preferably something like Cowardly Clyde but they are all good. 

I just thought of it. We could have a storytelling game based on "And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street." You could compete to see who could tell the most outrageous tales, and whether or not you can tell them under the questioning gaze of your father. 

12 months ago

I think anything Dr. Suess would be a lot of fun. Lots of fun possibilities there. 

Supporter12 months ago

I like these as well. The Lorax is a personal favorite of mine. 
Mulberry Street would be perfect for this as well!