Don’t forget about choose your own adventure books! These stories, written with YOU as the hero, are very engaging to kids, particularly reluctant readers. I just read the new Alice Through the Looking Glass choose-your-own adventure (listed below) and found it so delightful that I figured I should list all the best books of this fun sub-genre.
The Best Choose Your Own Adventure Books
Your Very Own Robot by R. A. Montgomery (ages 6 – 9)
When your parents throw away pieces of a failed robot, you decide to put it together. And, depending on your choices, crazy robot adventures ensue. . .
Your Grandparents Are Zombies! by Anson Montgomery (ages 6 – 9)
If you give your parents a potion that turns them into zombies, they’ll do whatever you say. It sounds good but will work out how you think?
The Ghost of the Bermuda Triangle by Laurie S. Sutton (ages 6 – 9)
The Scooby gang is in the Bermuda Triangle where a ghost interrupts a costume contest. Make choices to solve the mystery– will there be more than one ending?
Batman The Lazarus Plan (You Choose) by John Sazaklis (ages 6 – 9)
Princess Island by Shannon Gillian (ages 6 – 9)
Princess Dirt’s mom wants her to go to princess camp but Princess Dirt prefers the time in nature. You pick which she chooses.
A Matter of Time: Alice Through the Looking Glass by
I enjoyed this choose your own adventure story based the film “Alice Through the Looking Glass”. Choose to be Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Red Queen, or the White Queen. You’ll love finding all the different endings to the story — which will you pick?
Life as a Ninja by Matt Doeden (ages 8 – 12)
A ninja in feudal Japan who is a soldier for hire, you can choose to lay siege to a castle, defend your home province from an army or act as a bodyguard to a powerful lord. (My daughter’s 5th grade teacher just loaded up on this series of books because of a resurgence in popularity — all the kids, boys and girls, couldn’t seem to get enough.)
Ancient Egypt by Heather Adamson (ages 8 – 12)
Learn about ancient Egypt by taking on different roles. Caution for younger readers, some of the endings are violent.
The Oregon Trail by Matt Doeden (ages 8 – 12)
Will you go west with a wagon train? Discover what life was like during Westward Expansion by jumping into a role where the choices you make could lead you to opportunity, to wealth, to poverty, or death. You might also like: Civil War.
The Sky’s the Limit: My Journey with Mary Ellen (American Girl) by Valerie Tripp (ages 7 – 10)
Enter Maryellen’s world during the 1950s. Wear poodle skirts and head to a school dance (they were called sock hops back then!), enter a contest, or take a trip in a streamlined silver camper that looks like a rocket ship. This is a fun series that my kids enjoyed.
Song of the Mockingbird: My Journey with Josefina (American Girl) by by
A Girl’s Best Friend (ages 7 – 10)
You think a pet is in danger at your new volunteer job, Pet-Palooza, a pet daycare center near campus. It’s up to you to protect and help the animals, and to find out who you can trust.
Treasures of the Forgotten City by Danny McAleese (ages 8 – 12)
Your grand-uncle left you clues to find Atraharsis — a legendary lost city beneath the desert sand. Can you solve the riddles, and recover the fabled star gems in time? Or will you — like so many who’ve gone before — become the next permanent resident of the forgotten city?
Little Red Riding Hood by Eric Braun (ages 8 – 12)
Not only is this a fractured (mixed up) retelling of a fairy tale, it’s also a choose your own adventure story. You’ll find three new versions of this fairy tale with chilling, surprising, or disastrous results.
Can You Survive in a Dystopia? An Interactive Doomsday Adventure by Anthony Wacholtz, illustrated by James Nathan
I loved that this book had so many endings (17) because I kept dying and had to go back and pick a different choice . . . This is a fun book for anyone who likes zombies, dystopia, and survival.
Also read: Can You Survive an Artificial Intelligence Uprising?
Meanwhile by Jason Shiga (ages 12+)