How We Got Our Minecraft Obsessed Child to Read

How We Got Our Minecraft Obsessed Child to Read

Minecraft Books – How We Got Our Minecraft Obsessed Child to Read 

Getting Your Child to Read Minecraft Books

Do you have problems getting your Minecraft child to read? We say Minecraft child because OMG these kids live and breathe Minecraft. 

Here’s the deal. Over the summer, we had hit our limit on screen time. The weather is hot, we want the kids to play or do SOMETHING besides sit in front of the screens and play Minecraft. We headed to the local bookstore to let the kids choose a book to read. Talk about epic fail. The younger boys threw a fit. They didn’t want to read, they hated books. They didn’t want anything to do with it. That was until our older son showed them a book. 

That’s right, we were able to encourage our kids to read with a Minecraft book. Would we love our kids to be reading the classics? Sure! Is it going to happen? Most likely not until they are forced to in school. 

Minecraft Books - Get Your Child to Read We purchased our 7-year-old son a Minecraft Guide Book. He loves to read it and then when he does have screen time, he uses it to figure things out. This is a great way to encourage learning thru Minecraft. If the kids are going to sit playing Minecraft for hours on end, it’s great to know that the game and book are encouraging him to read, learn and to figure things out. You know, so his mind doesn’t become total mush!

If you are having a problem peeling your child away from Minecraft – try out the Minecraft books. They are nothing amazing as far as writing goes, but you know what? Our kids love it. When we are having a no screen time day, or at night before bed – they are reading their Minecraft books. If they can’t play Minecraft, what’s the second best thing? Reading about Minecraft!

Best Minecraft Books for Young Readers

Here are several Minecraft books for young readers. Our youngest son is not a great reader (yet.) He is still young, but he seriously tries to read these books which is huge! Especially since the books we have are not picture books. 

BONUS: These make GREAT birthday gifts!

 Minecraft: Handbook Ultimate Secrets Handbook: The Ultimate Minecraft Secret Book. Minecraft Game Tips & Tricks, Hints and Secrets. (Minecraft Books) Minecraft: Guide to Creative Ultimate Minecraft Secrets: An Unofficial Guide to Minecraft Tips, Tricks and Hints You May Not Know Minecraft: The Island: A Novel Minecraft: Redstone Handbook (Updated Edition): An Official Mojang Book Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 1: A Scare of A Dare (Volume 1) Diary of a Farting Creeper: Book 1: Why Does the Creeper Fart When He Should Explode? (Volume 1) Minecraft: Guide to Exploration Minecraft: Guide to the Nether & the End Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 2: Bullies and Buddies (Volume 2) Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection Minecraft: Construction Handbook (Updated Edition): An Official Mojang Book The Gameknight999 Box Set: Six Unofficial Minecrafter’s Adventures! The Quest: The Untold Story of Steve, Book One (The Unofficial Minecraft Adventure Short Stories): The Tale of a Hero (Volume 1) Minecraft: Combat Handbook (Updated Edition): An Official Mojang Book Minecraft: Exploded Builds: Medieval Fortress: An Official Mojang Book The Curse of Herobrine: The Ultimate Minecraft Comic Book Volume 1 Minecraft: Guide to Redstone Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 3: When Nature Calls (Volume 3) The Friendly Creeper Diaries (Book 1): The Creeper Village (An Unofficial Minecraft Book for Kids Ages 9 – 12 (Preteen) (Volume 1) Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 6: Zombie Goes To Camp (An Unofficial Minecraft Book) The Quest for the Diamond Sword: An Unofficial Gamer’s Adventure, Book One Diary of a Minecraft Wimpy Zombie Book 1: First Day of Middle School (An Unofficial Minecraft Book) (Volume 1) Stinky Steve: Book One – A Minecraft Mishap (Volume 1) Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 5: School Daze (Volume 5) The Unofficial Gamer’s Adventure Series Box Set: Six Thrilling Stories for Minecrafters Diary of a Minecraft Creeper Book 1 – Creeper Life Diary of a Minecraft Steve the Warrior Book 2: (books for kids) (Minecraft Steve the Warrior Collection) Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 7: Zombie Family Reunion (An Unofficial Minecraft Book) The Carnival of Doom (Book 1): The Angry Ghost (An Unofficial Minecraft Book for Kids Ages 9 -12) Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 11: Insides Out (An Unofficial Minecraft Book) Minecraft: Diary of a Minecraft Ender Dragon: Legendary Minecraft Diary. An Unnoficial Minecraft Book for Kids Age 6 12 (Minecraft Diary of a Wimpy, Books For Kids Ages 4-6, 6-8, 9-12) Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 8: Back To Scare School (An Unofficial Minecraft Book) Minecraft: Creative Handbook: The Ultimate Minecraft Building Book. Best Minecraft Construction, Structures and Creations. (Minecraft Books) Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Villager Book 1: Basement Blast (An Unofficial Minecraft Diary Book) (Volume 1) The Villager Detective Diaries (Book 1): Missing Chickens An Unofficial Minecraft Diary Book for Kids Ages 9 – 12 (Preteen) (Volume 1) Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 9: Zombie’s Birthday Apocalypse (An Unofficial Minecraft Book) Steve’s New Neighbors (Book 1): Steveville (An Unofficial Minecraft Book for Kids Ages 9 – 12 (Preteen) (Volume 1) The Valiant Wolf’s Diaries (Book 4): Night Monsters (An Unofficial Minecraft Book for Kids Ages 9 – 12 (Preteen) (Diary of a Valiant Wolf) (Volume 4) Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 10 – One Bad Apple (An Unofficial Minecraft Book)


Have your kids read any Minecraft books? What are their favorites? Leave a comment below. 

Free Minecraft Birthday Invitation

Free Minecraft Birthday Invitation

Looking for free Minecraft Birthday Invitations? We have a FREE printable one – just for you!

I don’t know about your kids, but my kids are OBSESSED with Minecraft. If I didn’t put a cap on their playtime, I am pretty sure we would have 2 kids that didn’t sleep that just played Minecraft AROUND the clock. In addition to our 2 older kids, our 3-year-old found the Minecraft app on his iPad and has started playing as well. He doesn’t really get what he is doing, but none the less it will just be a matter of time until it clicks.

We are approaching birthday season in our house, and one of the birthdays will be Minecraft themed.  I found a few options for Minecraft birthday invitations online, but you have to buy them. I wanted to offer a FREE Minecraft birthday invitation since the Angry Birds Invitations were so popular and well received, I have a feeling these will be as well.

Free Minecraft Birthday Invitation

The best part of this free Minecraft invite, it’s easy to personalize! Follow the below directions and learn how to customize the free DIY Minecraft birthday invitation to your liking. We have also added a free Evite Minecraft invitation – keep reading to see this!

free minecraft birthday party invite

Click here to download the free invitation

This Minecraft birthday invitation is 5 x 7. You can mail these in A7 envelopes – these are 5.25 x 7.25.

minecraft invitation

How to Edit the Minecraft Birthday Invite

Editing the invite is SUPER easy. I went through and made sure of this – you can see a completed invitation below. Here is how you do it. Make sure you’ve downloaded the invite first, and then follow these steps for easy editing.


Click Edit > Computer

edit invitation in picmonkey

Select the Minecraft invite file from wherever you saved it to on your computer.

edit the invite in picmonkey

Using the Add Text function, add the party details to the invitation. I have an upgraded account at PicMonkey so I have more font options. I used the Times New Yorker font (the items in green and the RSVP). I used the Didact Gothic font for the party details.

Add in any details you want. And then hit SAVE.

You will want to save your invitation as SEAN – the highest quality – if you are including in email or an evite, you can save as a Roger or Pierce.

save as

These are FREE, the only thing I ask is that you please share these with your friends. Pin, Facebook Like, Tweet, Stumble. Thanks!

Minecraft Evite

We are all about simplicity so one of my favorite party hacks is using evites to manage our party attendees and RSVPs. Evite has really upped their game in allowing you to send free party invitations or premium invites!  If you are looking to simplify your Minecraft party – send an evite rather than printing invitations.

Free Evite Minecraft Graphic for Invitations

We’ve create free Minecraft evite graphics! These will make sending your birthday invites even easier. 

minecraft graphics for free

This is how you create your Minecraft evite:

  • Click here to create your evite.
  • Determine which size of graphic you need.
  • Click save as on the graphics below and save to your computer. 
  • Upload the appropriate size graphic. 

This is the most popular size evite graphic. You can use this with both free and premium evites

Evite Minecraft Invitation Graphic

Free Minecraft Evite

Minecraft graphic for evites

Minecraft Party Ideas

Check out our Minecraft Party Ideas or all of our Minecraft content at All Things Minecraft

Free Minecraft Valentines Day Cards – Print at Home – Your Kids Will Love Them!

Free Minecraft Valentines Day Cards – Print at Home – Your Kids Will Love Them!

We’ve created 4 free Minecraft Valentines Printables – perfect for your little Minecrafter!  I’ve mentioned this before and it still holds true – my kids are obsessed with Minecraft.

As I type this – my son is on the PC playing, another on the iPad and then another on the Xbox upstairs. Oh, and my husband — he is playing in his office. This is a nightly ritual so when I saw that Valentine’s Day was approaching, I knew I needed to create these because I am pretty sure that I am NOT alone when it comes to a Minecrafting house!

Free Minecraft Valentines Day Cards

Free Printable Minecraft Valentines Day Cards

Here are 4 free printable designs featuring some Minecraft favorites.

  • You make my heart explode
  • I dig you
  • Be Mine Craft
  • Valentine, let’s build a world together

Perfect for that Valentine’s Day card exchange in the classroom.

Free Minecraft Valentine's Day Cards Printables

These Minecraft Valentine’s Day card printables are FREE, easy to make (no crafting!) and your kids will love these – or at least I hope! Just click the download PDF button above, print out the valentine’s cards, cut and have your child write a message on the back of each card. Easy, peasy – right? How many easy things do us moms get, NONE – well maybe with this we can count it as one!

From our Minecrafting family to your’s…. Happy Valentine’s Day Minecrafters!!!

Minecraft Valentines for Kids

All Things Minecraft

Are your kids or family into Minecraft? Yep – so are we! The whole fam (minus the mom) are huge Minecrafters. Check out All Things Minecraft – here are a few of our favorite posts:

If you do end up using these, we would love to know! Give this post a share on Facebook and Pinterest! We appreciate it!

This post was originally posted in 2015. 

Minecraft Mine Chest Unboxing – August 2016

Minecraft Mine Chest Unboxing – August 2016

It’s here! Our August 2016 Minecraft Mine Chest unboxing video and review.

Anyone who has tried to buy a gift for an 11-year-old boy can sympathize with me. Our 11-year-old had no idea what he wanted for his birthday. He loves Minecraft, and that is pretty much his life but I didn’t just want to buy him another Minecraft toy.

My husband stumbled upon Mine Chest. 

What is Mine Chest?

Mine Chest is a subscription service from the people at Minecraft.  So yes, this is an “official subscription box”. Each box comes with a few toys and a shirt – at least that is what we have experienced. Each box is themed and very well put together. In fact, we have had to lay down the law and say that he has to throw away some of the boxes (not the content but the actual boxes.)  Our kid was planning on building who knows what – we don’t have room for these, kid! 

Our son is wearing one of the Minecraft shirts in the photo below. It’s great that it’s bi-monthly so it’s always “new” and the shirts are good quality. 

minecraft mine chest unboxing

This was it! This was what we would buy our kid for his 11th birthday. He has loved each box he has received. Actually, the entire family (minus myself) has enjoyed playing with the various elements included in the subscription box.  

I mentioned everyone, including my husband, plays this game – right? Well again, minus me 🙂 Anyways, here is a little bit about this subscription box. 

What’s included in a Minecraft Mine Chest Subscription? 

  • 4-7 Official Minecraft items in every Chest.
  • Includes toys, collectibles and apparel.
  • Themes based on in-game locations.

How Often is it Delivered? 

The Mine Chest is on a bi-monthly subscription. Your chests should arrive between the 5th and 15th of every even-numbered month.

Mine Chest Unboxing

Here is our Minechest Unboxing from August 2016. Check out what’s in this month’s box and enjoy our video review. 


The subscription if $39.99 and includes shipping and handling. For the products included, I feel like this is a fair cost. The products are all quality items. 

Want to learn more about Minecraft? We have a page dedicated to All Things Minecraft featuring all of our content on the topic. 

What is Minecraft? Minecraft EXPLAINED.

What is Minecraft? Minecraft EXPLAINED.

Minecraft Explained – This game has  taken over our house and this mom doesn’t like it. Yeah yeah, call me a Minecraft hater or what have you. Sure, I haven’t played so who am I to judge, right?

What I do know is that my son who is 7, my daughter who is 9 and my husband who is 36 are all obsessed with Minecraft. As an onlooker this game looks silly – but obviously, I am just not in the cool kids club because the world seems to be playing it. If you are thinking what is the point of Minecraft! This post is for you.

Minecraft 101

SO what is this a game? software? malware? Minecraft explained, that’s what we are trying to do here. Let’s see what good ol’ Wikipedia has to say about it:

Minecraft is a sandbox-building independent video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson and now developed by his company, Mojang. In 2011, Jens Bergensten, also known by his pseudonym Jeb, took full creative control over Minecraft.

Minecraft Explained

Minecraft is focused on creativity and building, allowing players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. Gameplay in its commercial release has two principal modes: Survival, which requires players to acquire resources and maintain their health and hunger; and Creative, where the player has an unlimited supply of resources, the ability to fly, and no health or hunger. A third gameplay mode, named Hardcore, is essentially the same as Survival, but the difficulty is locked on the hardest setting and respawning is disabled, forcing the player to delete his or her world upon death. An outdated Classic version is also available for free, although it is no longer being developed. Creative Minecraft resembles Classic, but with many more features.

uhm. okay, that was super helpful, not. Let’s hear what Minecraft has to say about Mine craft:

Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. At night monsters come out, make sure to build a shelter before that happens.

Minecraft is the New Angry Birds 

kids playing minecraft

How Many People Play Minecraft?

As of Monday September 10, 2012:

40,461,860 registered users, of which 7,358,630 (18.19%) have bought the game Minecraft

In the last 24 hours, 121,041 people registered, and 15,255 people bought the game Minecraft

Stats as of February 20, 2016:

22,628,078 people have bought the game.

In the last 24 hours, 15,294 people bought the game.

Uhm, yep! Looks like we have another Angry Birds on our hands! And this also means the Minecraft creators are RICH and rolling in money!

Is Minecraft Safe for Kids?

My husband and I are very watchful of what our children play online. Before the kids played Mine craft, my husband had already been playing. He was comfortable with them creating their own accounts and playing online. They all 3 play together at the same time the majority of the time.

I have a few friends who I would consider a lot more stricter than myself that have kids that are our age, that play as well.  Our kids are 7 and 9 that play the game.

Play Minecraft Mobile with Minecraft PocketHow Can I Play Minecraft?

You can play Minecraft many ways:

You can buy Minecraft for PC/Mac here, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and Minecraft: Xbox One Edition, and Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition and Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition and PSVITA. Minecraft: Pocket Edition is available for iOS and Android.

We’ve written quite a bit on the subject, view all of our content on All Things Minecraft or here are a few faves:

Misc Minecraft

Birthday Party


Minecraft Accessories


How to Throw a Minecraft Party Your Kids Will LOVE!

How to Throw a Minecraft Party Your Kids Will LOVE!

Let’s throw a Minecraft party! Are your kids addicted to Minecraft? OUR’S TOO! If they were left to their own devices, it would be an all-day Minecraft fest around here. And I KNOW it’s not just our kids. I hear from parents here there and everywhere that their kids are obsessed with this game.

Minecraft Party

With this huge surge popularity of this game, I keep seeing photos on Facebook and Pinterest of Minecraft parties. With the huge success of our free Minecraft Birthday Invitation – I thought, let’s throw a Minecraft virtual party! Let’s get started.

How To Throw a Minecraft Party

Free Party Printables

Of course, the invite. Every party needs an invitation.  I have you covered in this area! Click to download our Free Minecraft Invitation. We even have an easy-to-use tutorial on how to customize this invitation for free on PicMonkey. Simply print or email the invite, and done! The first step to planning our Minecraft party is complete.

minecraft invitation

Minecraft Party Decorations

MInecraft Party Decorations

Gold bars, blue gems and a green grass table cloth – or buy a bundle pack on Amazon.

I love tablecloths. Just throw them on and then you don’t have to worry about the kid goo! The gold bars and blue gems could work great for both party decor and party favors!


Grass patches – these are super cute and would be darling as coasters or for accessorizing. (These would be great to reuse for a Superbowl party as well!)

minecraft party paper landscape

Minecraft Papercraft Overworld

The Over world Deluxe Pack Includes: 1 Creeper, 1 Steve, 1 Pig, 2 Trees, 1 Crafting Table, 20 Grass Blocks, 20 Cobblestone Blocks, 12 Farmland Blocks, 8 Log Blocks, 8 Leaf Blocks, 1 Storage Block, 1 Minecraft Mortar Paper Tape, Stickers Included

minecrafts balloons

Balloons and Streamers – green and black! Buy on Amazon for less stress, or pick these up at the Dollar store to keep it on the cheap.


minecraft party rocks decoration

Minecraft Rock Candy – this lot from Amazon gives you 640 pieces of gold rock candy for around $11. I wish I had thought of this at Halloween!

minecraft vinyl party decals

Minecraft Party Vinyl Decals – use these party types of vinyl add-ons for milk jugs, canning jars, green plates (see below!) or boxes.

Party Plates

minecraft party plates

Emerald Green Plates – use the vinyl decals to make these creepers!

Minecraft Party Favors

minecraft party favor

Minecraft stickers and pins – fun and simple.

Minecraft Pixel Glasses perfect for party favors!Minecraft Pixel Glasses – I adore these pixel glasses!

minecraft torches for party favors

Inflatable Torches

minecraft party favor bags

Minecraft Party Favor Bags

Minecraft bracelets

Lime Bracelets (note: there are these Minecraft bracelets but they are outrageous- the above ones are sold in a pack of 12!)

Minecraft Party Games

minecraft creeper plates

Creeper Face

Have the kids make a Creeper face out of plates.

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Minecraft Lan Party

Have everyone bring their laptops or tablets over a throw a Minecraft Lan Party. Here is a tutorial for setting up a lan party.

Check out additional Minecraft Party ideas from my friend, Carrie Elle