10 Best Pokemon Books for Kids Reviewed in 2019
Pokemon Go is one of the hottest crazes on mobile applications today. Despite reports of increasing incidence of injuries sustained resulting from being too engrossed in capturing a variety of pocket monsters that people no longer exercise caution in their pursuits, more and more people are still venturing into the world of digital pocket monster hunting and capture. And why not? It really is one great way to satisfy the basic predatory nature in our genes. For kids, however, capturing a digital pocket monster requires an understanding of these creatures so that their innate qualities can be put to good use when the battle comes. As such, kids must equip themselves with all the right knowledge about these pocket monsters. Our 10 best Pokemon books for kids in 2019 should be a great way to start.
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Action pack child friendly adventure
Introduces a new Pokemon the legendary Zygarde
Features Pokemon fan favorite characters such as
32 pages in length and brilliant illustrations
- The Rescue Mission (Level 2 Reader)
- Gold & Silver Adventures Box Set
- Origami: Fold Your Own!
- Deluxe Essential Handbook
- Adventures 7 Volume Set (Traditional Japanese Manga Style)
- Scholastic How to Draw
- Kalos Region Handbook
- Legendary and Mythical Official Guide
- The Official Hoenn Region Strategy Guide
- Sun and Moon Official Strategy Guide
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
10 Best Pokemon Books Reviewed
1. The Rescue Mission (Level 2 Reader)
Action pack child friendly adventure
Introduces a new Pokemon the legendary Zygarde
Features Pokemon fan favorite characters such as
32 pages in length and brilliant illustrations
Some words in book are a bit hard for younger kids to pronounce
If you’re tired of the usual bedtime stories that you read to your child, why not read to them The Rescue Mission for a change? It’s a classic story of an unknown, un-indexed pocket monster that was discovered and cared for by a little girl.Read more
Regrettably, because of the rather exotic or unusual nature of the creature – the legendary Zygarde – everyone wants to take it for their own. It gets stolen but eventually escapes from the clutches of the bad guys. Zygarde then realizes that only the little girl is fit and worthy enough to care for it since she is the only one whom Zygarde felt important and well cared for. It’s a classic storyline that young Pokemon aficionados will surely appreciate. For very young pokedex-wielding tots, the difficulty can be right in the pronunciation of the names of the different pocket monster characters. However, the story itself is a good read and is specifically written for preschoolers and early school age children. It’s a Pokemonic way of helping young kids brush up on their reading skills.
A truly fun adventure in the Pokemon universe, that will even delight the youngest of Pokemon fans. The story not only features some beloved favorites such as the adorable Pikachu, but also features a new Pokemon species to the mix. This is also a great adventure that kids of all ages will enjoy. The story also features good lesson in what true friendship is all about, something that is also a beneficial message for kids to learn.
The Rescue Mission is an excellent read for young kids especially those who are already quite familiar with the different characters. The lessons from the story also reinforce many of the valuable life lessons we wish to impart on our kids.
2. Gold & Silver Adventures Box Set
Contains 7 books volumes 8-14 housed in decorative box
Includes a free Pokemon poster
Vivid colorful action packed illustrations
1552 pages total in content
Advisable to read the Blue and Red Box set that contain volumes 1-7 first
Comes with a choking hazard warning
If your kid has already read the Pokemon Adventures Red and Blue, often finding himself or herself rushing through the pages for the simple fact that the storyline has so much action and emotion that he or she simply cannot wait to learn more, then the Gold and Silver Box Set should provide even more action, fun, thrills, and emotions (albeit tamer this time around) from several of our most revered characters.Read more
The Pokemon Adventures Gold and Silver Box Set actually emphasizes the development of the different characters, enabling young readers to gain a deeper understanding of these characters’ unique traits and how they play well into the storyline of the game franchise. The illustrations are as beautiful and marvelous as ever. The Gold and Silver is just perfect for fans of the game franchise to have hours of absolute fun following the adventures of ambitious kids who will stop at nothing to realize their objectives and dreams. It’s also great for adults who have grown with the classic Game Boy Color game in 2000, enabling them to reminisce the good times they had with the gameplay. Regardless of who will be reading the Gold and Silver, expect unbridled fun with each turn of the page.
The Gold and Silver enhances kids’ imaginative abilities as they continue to follow the adventures of lovable characters. The illustrations are superbly penned, too.
For those kids who want a little more insight into the characters of Pokemon, the Gold and Silver box set is ideal. Here there is a little more character development provided in the Pokemon adventure and gives kids a chance to connect more with the characters involved. Not to worry though there is still plenty of action that Pokemon is known for. This box set may come later in the Pokemon universe of adventure books but it certainly is a great continuation of the adventures.
3. Origami: Fold Your Own!
Ten different Pokemon to fold
Includes the necessary specialty paper
Full-color pictures to go with instructions
Improves multiple developmental skills
Some of the Pokemon are truly challenging to fold
You’ll need outside supplies (scissors, tape, and glue)
If you can’t catch ‘em all, you might as well fold ‘em all! This Origami book features 48 pages of full-color instructions and the special sheets of origami paper necessary to fold ten different Pokemon!Read more
The guide includes step-by-step instructions and walkthroughs, with written directions as well as full-color picture examples. The book also has tips and tricks to get the most out of your experience and leave your Pokemon looking extra sharp. The Pokemon origami guides are arranged in order from easy to hard, with Pikachu being the beginner’s Pokemon to fold. Even still, the origami can be a little challenging, making this a book best suited to bonding time between parents and kids, or older and younger siblings. Pull out your scissors, tape, and glue, and get ready to fold your favorite little buddies!
The art of origami has been practiced for centuries. Kids love making cute little animals, and they’ll be especially floored to find that these furry friends are all Pokemon that they can fold themselves. If your little one is struggling, use this as an opportunity to work together!
Origami is an activity that challenges critical thinking skills, dexterity, hand-eye coordination, an ability to follow directions, and so much more. It requires discipline and patience, but the end result is always well worth working through the challenges. It’s great for crafty kids, and not too messy, so parents love it too.
4. Deluxe Essential Handbook
Information on the hundreds of monsters in hybrids in Pokemon
Ideal for beginners or even expert Pokemon players to read and reference to.
Provides stats and details on the various Pokemon characters
Features illustrations of various characters and is organized alphabetically for quick reference
Pages start to fall out over time with continuous use
One of the most important and truly must-read Pokemon books by any fan of the franchise is Scholastic’s Pokemon Deluxe Essential Handbook. This is a collection of everything you need to know about these digital pocket monsters including their inherent traits, powers, and evolutions.Read more
It already contains, in a very easy-to-read format, the creatures from the Kalos, Sinnoh, Kanto, Unova, Hoenn, and Johto regions. It even teaches kids how to correctly pronounce the names of these pocket monsters. Every beginning trainer of these creations is required to beef up on their knowledge of more than 700 wonderful hybrids if they want to become a master themselves. Each page of the Pokemon Deluxe Essential Handbook is beautifully illustrated and printed in vibrant colors to give kids one fantastic reading experience.
This can be an essential book for kids starting out in the Pokemon universe. This Pokemon Deluxe Essential Handbook cover all the various types of monsters that are found in Pokemon. There is also information about various hybrids of creatures as well. The perfect book for kids starting out as trainers who desire to become full fledged masters, something that would certainly grab their interest.
The Deluxe Essential Handbook may not really be encyclopedic in nature but it does provide a wonderful introduction to the world of digital pocket monsters. This should enable kids to form a better understanding of how these creatures work and which one will work best against another. The illustrations and the descriptions are quite fun to read, too.
5. Adventures 7 Volume Set (Traditional Japanese Manga Style)
Seven total books inside
Authentic manga reading; back to front, right to left
Fun arcs with old and new characters alike
Includes a bonus poster
Beautiful artwork to accompany the story arcs
Poster is small (6.5” x 9.75”)
Some images are moderately violent
This Pokemon Adventure Series is an authentic piece of manga. It’s written in English, but it also reads in the traditional Japanese style: from back to front, starting at the top of the page and moving to the bottom of the page, from the right page to the left page.Read more
This can take some getting used to, but if you have children interested in Japanese culture, or if your little ones are part of the Pokemon mania, they’ll still love this seven volume set. It features both old and new characters. Red is the protagonist this time around, a Pallet Town trainer whose arch rival turns out to be the grandson of Professor Oak. He trains Pokemon and battles the ever-elusive Team Rocket (a new Team Rocket, not Jesse and James). Most of the Pokemon appear to be from the original 150. In the second arc of the book, Red teams up with another young trainer named Yellow. They strive to defeat all eight Kanto Gyms and the Four Elite as well. The set includes a bonus poster featuring the cover art of the first volume, as well. With spirited characters and beautiful art, this set is a great buy for any little ones interested in comics, manga, or Pokemon.
We think it’s cool to jump outside your comfort zone now and then, and what better way than by consuming other cultures? The authentic manga style of this book will be new and perhaps challenging for kids, but we think they’ll appreciate the story and artwork as it was originally intended to be read.
Reading helps children gain confidence, build empathy, and work through verbal and communication skills. There’s no better way to get a child interested in reading than to present them with a book about something they love. This Pokemon manga series also features pictures, so if you have a visual learner, they’ll be stoked!
6. Scholastic How to Draw
Features 18 characters from Pokemon, including Pikachu, Meowth, and Ursaring
Action Packed Illustrations
Doubles as a coloring book
32 pages, illustration printed on one sided paper with a blank page to copy illustration on the next page.
Instructions aren’t step by step and may not be easy to follow for beginners
It is one thing to listen to stories about how Pikachu and Meowth always find each other going head to head every time Ash and his gang clash against Team Rocket. It is an entirely different thing to read these stories, too. However, for kids who would like to have their own interpretation of how a Pikachu and Meowth fight should look like in full color, then they must first be able to learn how to draw these characters and many more with relative ease. This is specifically what Tracey West’s How to Draw Pokemon aims to achieve.Read more
The drawing resource contains 18 of children’s well-loved Pokemons including Pikachu, Chikorita, Houndour, Totodile, and a whole lot more. Each of the 18 characters can be copied onto the opposing page while also doubling as a coloring book for children. This is going to be an excellent tool for encouraging children to master the art of drawing their favorite characters and at the same time help them refine their mastery of their fine motor skills.
Coloring their drawings will encourage them to be as imaginative and creative as possible as they can start experimenting with a variety of colors that are largely different from the original. The easy to understand steps in this book make it great for a wide variety of children. With every drawing they create, their creativity and passion for pokemon will shine.
The step by step tips can easily be comprehended by both younger and older children. The book will stimulate your child’s creativity as it teaches them how to draw their favorite Pokemon. Their fine motor skills will improve as they grip their drawing utensil. Their confidence will increase with every Pokemon drawing they master.
7. Kalos Region Handbook
Pokemon are organized alphabetically
The book can easily be carried from place to place
The pages are in color
Available in paperback and hardcover
The book does not include the weakness & strength of each pokemon
The mystery of the region of Kalos is finally revealed with the Pokemon Kalos Region Handbook. This full- color book offers facts and statistics on over 450 Pokemon.Read more
Your child can become a master trainer with the information they will learn on the new characters such as Chespin, Froakie, Fennekin and more. You can also benefit from this book as it will help you better understand what your little Pokemon trainer is talking about. The book is available in both paperback and hardcover.
The vibrant colored pages and the useful information will have your child struggling to put this book down. Luckily, it is lightweight and small enough to easily be carried from place to place.
The pokemon are organized alphabetically inside the book, which makes them easy to find. Measuring in at 9.2 inches, this book can easily fit into your child’s backpack and transported wherever their next adventure takes them. The vibrant colors on every page will appeal to your child’s sensory development and get them excited to read more.
8. Legendary and Mythical Official Guide
The book includes a sheet of stickers and a poster
The guide helps your child to catch the rarest and most powerful pokemon
The glossary and alphabetically arranged pokemon make locating a certain one in the book easy
The paperback and hardcover copies are both durable
Does not include pronunciation of each Pokemon’s name
Adding legendary and mythical Pokemon to your child’s Pokedex will make them a force to be reckoned with amongst trainers. The official guide to Legendary Pokemon will give your child the information they need to find and catch these rare Pokemon.Read more
Your child will learn facts on Kanto, Johnto, Sinnoh, and other rare pokemon! It is available in paperback and hardcover. Both copies are durable, which is perfect because your little trainer will be carrying it with them everywhere.
With your purchase, your child will receive a poster and a sheet of stickers. The included merchandise will allow your child to creatively show off their love of Pokemon. With the pokemon being arranged alphabetically and a glossary included, your child will have no problem finding a certain pokemon in the book.
The sheet of stickers and poster are a nice treat for pokemon fans. The information in this guide will allow your child to advance in the world of Pokemon as they will be equipped with the necessary skills to catching the rarest and most powerful pokemon.
9. The Official Hoenn Region Strategy Guide
Paperback cover makes the book lightweight and easy to transport
Composed of brightly colored illustrations
Full of helpful tips and information on the game
Cover may begin to curl up.
Does not include a Pokedex
Your child can delve into the Pokemon world with the Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire guidebook. Amongst the 480 pages, your child will find tips, maps, exact item locations and so much more.Read more
Each page includes brightly colored images that will get your child excited to read. If your child is not quite at the middle school reading level, they will be begging you to read it to them once they see the pictures. Along with the guidebook, your child will receive easy-to-use side tabs that will allow them to find the information they need quickly. They will even gain knowledge on the newest game features the super secret bases and the Pokemon contest spectaculars.
Using this guidebook, your little trainer can find the exact locations of mega stones, berries, and other important items.
The paperback cover makes it easy for your child to keep it on their lap while they play their Pokemon game. It also makes it lightweight and easy to transport. The high-quality binding will allow the pages to stay intact for years to come. With the pullout map, your child will be a pro at navigating through the Hoenn region.
10. Sun and Moon Official Strategy Guide
Detailed and thorough information
Includes exact locations for Pokemon and hidden items
Equipped with a pull out poster map of the Alola region
Thin size makes it an ideal book to pack for traveling
Does not include a Pokedex
Your child can be fully prepared for their journey through the Pokemon sun and moon video game with the official sun and moon strategy guide. The 352 pages contain helpful information that will help your trainer from their first steps all the way to the end of the game.Read more
Your child can increase their Pokedex as this guide provides exact locations on where to catch Pokemon. There is even information on moves to perform and items to use when trying to catch each one. With a guide like this one, your child will have no trouble catching them all!
Not only can your child decorate their room with the pul- out poster map of the Alola Region, but they can also use it to navigate through the game more easily. Its thin size makes it perfect for long road trips or a day of running errands.
If your child gets lost in the game, they can easily use the pullout map to help them find their way again. With the writing being very thorough, this book is recommended for older children. However, the brightly colored illustrations make it easy for younger children to enjoy it as well. While this book does include a large number of pages, the book is thin and can easily fit into your child’s backpack when on the go.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Reading about characters that kids are genuinely interested in such as the ones found in Pokemon Go will make kids excited to read. Let’s face it if kids read in school with the standard reading material they may not see reading as something they want to do because it appears too much like a task in school. Make it something kids enjoy such as learning more about Pokemon Go and the Pokemon universe then suddenly the task becomes a fun activity. All the while kids are learning new words and how to expand their reading ability while not even being aware they are doing. Also who would have thought math could be fun, but there is even a Pokemon book to give kids some love for perhaps their least favorite school subject. Another educational benefit of the Pokemon books is that these deliver important messages on life, things kids need to learn such as the importance of friendship and following your dreams.
Some of the books in the Pokemon universe include basic instructions and guidelines pertaining to Pokemon. This can include how to go about learning the different types of monsters, what their names are and stats on them. This is a good way for kids to exercise their memory skills as they memorize the information. Kids can also learn how to draw or create their own fun Pokemon character. This is a good way to learn about following instructions and using logic.
Through Pokemon books, kids can realize what a fun, imaginative adventure reading can be. They realize that in books fun journeys and adventures can be found while using their own imagination to go on the adventures along with the characters. Also, with some of these books, a child can exercise their own creativity as they learn how to draw and create these characters sharpening their creative skills in doing so.
Reading books is not only an activity that is well enjoyed by adults. When trained early on, it can also be an exciting and very beneficial habit for kids. We all know that one of the many benefits of reading to kids is the enhancement and fostering of healthier relationships. It is also helpful in developing our kids’ language and communication abilities. But, of course, we cannot forever read to our children. They must also learn how to read. There are many benefits of teaching kids how to read in pretty much the same way as teaching them how to draw, sing, play a musical instrument, or even ride a bike as well as many other things. For the most part, here are some of the many benefits of reading books among children.
Reading trains the brain and improves neural connections.
Reading involves a lot of cognitive processes. We can look at reading as an exercise for the brain. The more parts of the brain that are used in processing a variety of information, the greater is the efficiency of interneural connections. This greatly improves the way in which the brain processes things and can be easily translated into sterling performance in school. The good thing about reading is that it doesn’t only strengthen the different neural connections in the brain. It also helps build new ones.
Reading helps improve focus and concentration.
To understand what we are reading, our brain can block other stimuli from getting in the way to better appreciation. Neural networks selectively block certain electrical nerve impulses so that kids will be able to concentrate, focus, and process the information that is contained in the reading material. Young children often lack the patience for reading extra-long pieces for the simple fact that their attention span is not yet that fully developed. Over time and with regular reading exercises, kids can substantially extend their attention spans. That’s why experts of certain childhood disorders recommend reading as a very useful therapy for improving attention span and focus.
Reading helps children understand and appreciate their world a lot better.
You can listen to someone who is explaining or discussing something and you can appreciate what is being shared right there and then. Unfortunately, there are individuals whose capacity for memory retention is not really that great that they easily forget what they have already heard. A better approach is to read the same materials over and over again until such time that every word in the text is already imprinted in the memory bank of the brain. You can call it memorization but it sure is a lot easier to memorize something that’s written than something that’s spoken, uncles, of course, you can play the speech over and over.
Reading expands kids’ vocabulary and improves their language skills.
Perhaps one of the most important benefits of reading books among children is the expansion of their vocabulary and the resulting improvement in their communication and language skills. When kids read and they encounter an unfamiliar word, they will ask questions about what the word means and how it is used in real life. It may be a word or even a phrase but, sooner or later, this concept becomes fully integrated into the child’s arsenal of words. This collection of words grows every time your kid encounters something he or she doesn’t understand and actively seeks clarification for it.
Reading helps stir a child’s imagination.
Books that do not have images or illustrations can help stimulate kids’ imagination. With each descriptive sentence or phrase written on the reading material, the brain slowly tries to visualize what is actually being conveyed. For instance, when a Pokemon suddenly “evolves,” children will have to imagine the process of evolution or transformation. This is not detailed in the text. So, it’s up to the young mind to conjure images of transformational changes in his or her mind.
Reading encourages kid’s understanding of the concept of empathy.
Storybooks are filled with many of life’s lessons. The different experiences of the characters in the book can provide children with the opportunity to empathize-–understanding what the character is going through without necessarily getting emotionally attached to or affected by it. This is a very important concept for kids to understand as it clearly differentiates empathy from sympathy.
Other Factors to Consider
The books devoted to Pokemon can be a great way for kids to interact with other kids. After all, Pokemon is extremely popular so no doubt kids will have friends who are into it as well and no doubt would be interested in the books. They could discuss the various creatures and the different types of digital type creatures that are available with great information found in the Deluxe Essential Handbook. They could share books in the series and discuss the various adventures. Parents can also get involved by learning about these characters as well and reading these books to or with their kids. Books are actually wonderful interactive tools, for kids to share with other friends or siblings who have the same interest or to spend some much-needed bonding time with their parents.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: What is the fascination with Pokemon?
This is a question no doubt many adults seem to ask but at a closer look Pokemon is more than just some video game or something that has kids looking down at their mobile devices, it’s so much more. Take for example the Pokemon Go game, this one encourages kids to get out and be active while interacting on their mobile devices. This game alone can help kids to find an interest beyond the conventional video games to get them actually interacting with other kids in the real world while getting out and exercising. The games of Pokemon also incorporate about concentration skills as kids started to collect the different species of Pokemon characters There is also mathematical skills that can be taught as kids actually take the time to either add subtract and even multiply various hit points. So, as we can see that for kid Pokemon is fun but there are benefits to it that an adult should actually approve of, the average digital video game it isn’t.
q: Do girls like Pokemon and will they like these books?
Hey, why not? Girls can also be Pokemon trainers as well, this isn’t just something that would be of interest to boys alone. The game is truly universal in its content and there are characters in the Pokemon universe that are girls and that will resonate to young girls. So, these books will be of interest to girls as well. There are also items that are aimed toward girls but again this is like putting up gender barriers and Pokemon can actually have a universal appeal, and so can their books.
q: My child hates to read, will the Pokemon books interest them?
That depends if they like Pokemon? Kids tend to associate reading a lesson in school and if they aren’t too fond of school odds are they don’t like reading too much. However, this is where books such as ones devoted to Pokmon can help. If kids love a certain theme such as Pokemon they will no doubt start to take an interest in reading books about characters they love. This will help a child to see how much fun reading can really be and the world of entertainment that can be found in reading.
q: Can the Pokemon books be bought for younger kids?
As stated above some of the books listed above are for ages 7 and older. However, some of the books that are reading books could be bought even if they are a bit much for the kid to read themselves at a younger age, it’s a great way for a parent to read to the child. This is a great bonding moment, and will no doubt entertain the child if they happen to already have an interest in Pokemon.
q: Should a parent be the one to introduce their child to books and reading?
Definitely, as there are books that are aimed at kids as young as 2 years old. A parent needs to understand that it’s not up to educators to be the ones to first teach a child to read. If a kid is introduced to reading early in a fun way, such as through Pokemon or other fun-filled characters, kids will no doubt see reading as something fun, more so than educational which parents will know is also a benefit that the child is picking up.
q: Is it important for a parent to interact with kids about their reading material?
This could be very helpful to a child. Not only will it show that they did indeed take the time to actually read the book, but it also gives valuable parental interaction. Kids can discuss which characters they liked the most and what they would have done differently in the story. In the books that include activities such as a few of the Pokemon books listed above perhaps the parent can participate in the activity with the child or at least take the time to view what they child has created to give them encouragement.
q: Should kids really be encouraged to get involved in book series.such as the Pokemon adventure stories?
For some of us book series seems like a turn-off. Why because these involve more than one book and could mean purchasing more than one book. However, these books can be beneficial in their own right. Think about this for a minute, with book series such as the Pokemon series of books kids want to keep reading to find out what will happen next. Yes, this may seem like a costly venture but there is a place where these can be free to read and is a public library. Public libraries are a place where books series such as some of the ones devoted to Pokemon can be checked out periodically for kids to read at home or even make a day at the library as they read them. This could make for a great family outing. But be forewarned the Pokemon books can be as addictive as the games themselves and kids will want these books for their very own.