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My goal with this list:
My goal is to help you find books to read with your family or for kids to read on their own! These books talk about table top games, use table top game themes, or show how they are played within the adventure versus being adventure books to be played out.
These are important because showing kids that reading can be fun and connect with their interests (like table top games!) is a great way to open the path for practicing reading skills and easing some anxieties over school reading assignments.
It can also work the other way – if your kids are already into reading, this can be a great introduction to table top games for them! They can see how games are played before actually playing them, and for those who learn by experience, that can make jumping into your first game way less intimidating.
My hope is that you can use these books to cross that interest between TTRPG’s and reading with your kids, learn more about gaming, and enjoy reading together!
This list only has books that are advertised as family-friendly in their descriptions or that I have read and get a family-oriented vibe from. That said, everyone has a different interpretation of what is appropriate for their family, so I encourage you to use your judgement as well.
I will flag or remove books from the list if I become aware that they have any widely inappropriate content.
Recommendations and corrections:
If you have recommendations for additional books to add or if you see a correction is needed, please contact me through the site’s contact form. I am happy to make updates and want all my information to be correct.
The book list!
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|Name of book/series||TTRPGkids articles||Target audience||Description|
|Wizards, Warriors, and Wellness||review||therapists||A zine-style book for clinicians and laypeople about using applied TTRPGs for therapeutics or understanding their therapeutic benefits|
|A Kid's Guide to Tabletop RPGs||review||young readers||A guide made FOR kids to read on their own about how to run tabletop RPGs!|
|Kittens & Dragons||review||all ages||A CYOA graphic novel that uses search-and-find mechanics for challenges|
|Cozy Companion magazine||review||all ages||A magazine that includes TTRPG stories, creator interviews, experiments related to TTRPG adventure themes, and more|
|Tabletop Role-Playing Therapy||review||therapists||A guide for clinicians about using TTRPGs for therapy AND a great resource for families looking for more information|
|Let's Roll: A Guide to Setting up Tabletop Role-Playing Games in your School or Public Library||review||librarians and teachers||Pick up tools and techniques for running a youth-focused library TTRPG group.|
|Teacher-Gamer Handbook||review||teachers and facilators||A handbook made specifically for teachers who want to run a TTRPG based class!|
|ABC's of D&D|
123's of D&D
|review||young children||These fun books for little ones teach ABC's and 123's using some familiar characters and elements of D&D|
|D&D Dungeon Club: Roll Call||review||middle school||A graphic novel about a middle schooler who is learning to navigate friendships, school, and D&D... and seeing how all these elements can play together.|
|My Dad the Game Master||review||all ages||A picture book about all the fun and quirky things that happen when you have a TTRPG dad!|
|Finding Familiars||review||all ages||A picture book about finding a witch's familiar! Also has a companion field journal for RP!|
|Complete the Quest||review||all ages||A search and find, choose your path, RPG adventure with TONS of freedom and options|
|Roll for Initiative||review||middle school||A heartfelt coming-of-age middle grade novel about finding your voice and believing in your best geeky self|
|Dungeon Critters||review||middle school||A graphic novel about a bunch of adorable critters out on a dungeon crawl adventure!|
|Princesses of the Pizza Parlor Series||review||middle school - early high school||Follow the story of a groups of tween girls and their uncle (the game master) as they learn to play TTRPG's together and navigate some tween drama!|
|Whispers of the Voidbringer series||review||middle school||Read the adventures of a group of siblings who are playing a TTRPG together and learning both the game and how to cooperate while on an epic quest!|
|Roll Dice, Build Character||review||caregivers||For adults considering getting kids into TTRPG's, this book outlines the benefits and history of TTRPG's along with tips and examples for running games with kids!|
|Questlings (So You Want to Be a...." series||review||all ages||Read along with adventure books for each class aside the awesome Questlings game!|
|Sunny Rolls the Dice||middle school||A graphic novel about a middle schooler who is totally cool with playing D&D and finding her groove with the other kids at school.|
|Dungeons and Dragons: Dungeon Academy series||middle school||A fun story of a group of misfits who have banded together for an epic quest!|