BenjaminK

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!

4 points by BenjaminK - updated 7 months ago | 38 comments | report | subscribe

Marshwiggle92 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

Wind in the willows needs to be a board game. 

BenjaminK 7 months ago | 1 point[-]

YES! I used to love Wind in the Willows!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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. 

BenjaminK 7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

He is so good. 

sdirrane Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

“Where The Wild Things Are”

Skurvy5 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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. 

BenjaminK 7 months ago | 1 point[-]

This would be an excellent choice!!!

sdirrane Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

Like a game of Woodland Might and Right? Haha

BenjaminK 7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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

Skurvy5 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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

Marshwiggle92 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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? 

Skurvy5 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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. 

BenjaminK 7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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

Marshwiggle92 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

I guess that could work. 

JamesReid860 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

Other suggestions would be:

Nibbles The Book Monster

Cat In the Hat

Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs

Little Fox's Tail

BenjaminK 7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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

JamesReid860 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

My kids would love the little blue truck!

trentellingsen Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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

BenjaminK 7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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

Skurvy5 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

All 3 of my kiddos loved this one too. 

JamesReid860 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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

BenjaminK 7 months ago | 1 point[-]

I think trippy is have the point of that story haha

Marshwiggle92 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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. 

BenjaminK 7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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

JamesReid860 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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

Marshwiggle92 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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. 

BenjaminK 7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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

JamesReid860 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

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

philryuh Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

Oooooooh I like the possibilities with Lorax as a theme

Marshwiggle92 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

If we could only bring Seuss back to illustrate it.... 

BenjaminK 7 months ago | 1 point[-]

I hear there’s some dark magic for that...

philryuh Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

Not sure how young you were thinking for the "kid" range, but I immediately thought of Roald Dahl's books. For example, Matilda or The BFG

BenjaminK 7 months ago | 1 point[-]

Those work! I had super young kids in mind, but hey! That’s still children’s lit, so I’ll accept it. I think BFG would be lots of fun! It could be a hidden movement game with the BFG trying to spread good dreams and save kids from the big bad giants. Haha I dunno, but there’s a lot that could be done there. 

JamesReid860 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

Or the Phantom Tollbooth! 

sdirrane Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

Phantom Tollbooth was one of my favorites as a kid

Marshwiggle92 Supporter7 months ago | 1 point[-]

I love the phantom tollbooth. Although, you weren't suggesting that Roald Dahl wrote it were you?