We have 4 Minecraft obsessed children. While I don’t love everything about Minecraft, I appreciate the skills that it can help develop. I am endlessly impressed by what even my 5 year old can accomplish and how deep her understanding is of concepts that I would have thought well beyond her. Building, planning, computer literacy, cooperation, imagination, circuitry, reading, writing, math, problem solving all come into play in Minecraft. It’s a game that is much more than a game. When Wiley offered to send over a review copy of Adventures in Minecraft (David Whale, Martin O'Hanlon), I was thrilled. When it arrived along with a stack of other Minecraft books, it was a bit like Minecraft Christmas. Adventures in Minecraft is a fabulous book. It offers 9 projects that will expand your Minecraft world while developing Python coding skills. The projects works with Minecraft on PC, Mac or Rasberry Pi platforms, so it really can work for anyone. Each project is presented in easy to follow steps with great color illustrations to move you along. Also included is access to the companion website which supplies you with a video for each adventure in the book, downloadable code files, helpful programming reference tables, a bonus adventure, and badges to collect for your Minecraft accomplishments.
We also received the 3 book Minecraft for Dummies Collection (Jacob Cordeiro) which includes the portable editions of Minecraft, Minecraft Recipes and Redstone. These books present the basics you need to get started with Minecraft and move well beyond the basics with clear, detailed instructions and explanations plus great full color illustrations. These are great reference books to have handy while building & expanding worlds. If you have children just starting Minecraft or who want to move on to more advanced options (or you just want to understand what it is that they’re doing), all 4 of these books are fabulous options. Find out more about each one on the Wiley website. If you have a child working on their own Rasberry Pi (like we do), they also have a few Rasberry Pi tiles too.
*Copies were provided for review purposes