Every once in a while I get asked what chess books for kids would I recommend.
I haven't read too many, but here are a few recommendations:

  • Starting Chess, by Harriet Castor.
  • Checkmate at Chess City, by Piers Harper. This one is especially good if your child enjoys puzzles.
  • Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess, by Bobby Fischer. This is not a good book to learn chess from, but a great way to improve skills. Jacob just read this cover to cover and enjoyed working through the puzzles.