Top 10 Crossword Puzzle Books for Kids 2016

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2016 Best Children’s Crossword Puzzle Books

 
Little girl with glasses working a crossword puzzleMy favorite thing about children’s crossword puzzles is the “mental exercise” aspect – basic crossword puzzles are a great way for kids to expand their knowledge of letters, words (and their meanings), as well as learning more about the world around them.

And – they’re fun!

What’s here: On this page is a top ten list of the best children’s crossword puzzles based mainly on popularity, also considering consumer ratings. The recommended ages for each book vary, but generally are available for children at around age 5 and up.

For shoppers: Each of the crossword puzzle books listed on this page has recommended shopping resources to buy it online. Those online merchants are hand-picked based on shopping security and convenience, low pricing and product availability. (Links to consumer reviews are also included, where available.)

What’s Here:

1. The Outrageous Crossword Puzzle and Word Game Book for Kids by Helene Hovanec
2. Dover Crossword Puzzles by Fran Newman-D’Amico
3. The Kids’ Book of Crosswords by Gareth Moore
4. Dover My First Crossword Puzzle Book by Anna Pomaska
5. Amazing Crosswords for Kids by Trip Payne
6. Easy Crossword Puzzles by Nina Barbaresi
7. Cool Crosswords for Kids: 74 Super Puzzles to Solve by Sam Bellotto Jr.
8. ABC Crosswords by Fran Newman-D’Amico
9. Crossword Puzzles For Kids: Super Fun Edition by Speedy Publishing
10. 100 Fabulously Fun & Challenging Children’s Crosswords by Clarity Media

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1. The Outrageous Crossword Puzzle and Word Game Book for Kids by Helene Hovanec

Ages: 8 – 12

This year’s first item on the list of the top 10 crossword puzzle books for kid is The Outrageous Crossword Puzzle and Word Game Book for Kids by Helene Hovanec.

Packed with riddles and word games, this ginormous book encourages kids to think outside of the proverbial boxes. There are jokes galore, but the real treasures are the word searches and word scrambles. It really gets minds working for solutions.

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2. Dover Crossword Puzzles by Fran Newman-D’Amico

Ages: 7 – 11

Second of the best crossword puzzle books for kids in 2016 is Dover Crossword Puzzles by Fran Newman-D’Amico.

This book of crossword puzzles is for beginner readers.

The puzzles are packed with sight words, and each one is no longer than 5 letters long.

There are 30 puzzles, each with themes, like animals, numbers, flowers, and weather words.

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3. The Kids’ Book of Crosswords by Gareth Moore

Ages: 8 – 12

The Kids’ Book of Crosswords by Gareth Moore comes in at #3 on the list.

This addictive collection of crossword puzzles is all general knowledge. Kids can either guess from their own experiences and knowledge, or use other sources to find the correct answers. There are 150 puzzles, each packed into a compact, tote-anywhere book.

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The Kids' Book of Crosswords by Gareth Moore (2011, Paperback)

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4. Dover My First Crossword Puzzle Book by Anna Pomaska

Ages: 8 – 11

Dover My First Crossword Puzzle Book by Anna Pomaska also makes a hit among 2016’s top kids’ crossword puzzle books.

For first-time crossword puzzlers, this book features 25 puzzles—all illustrated with quirky, silly, cartoony pictures. All of the pictures are blank, so this doubles as a coloring book. There are four different categories, like toys, fairytale characters, and animals.

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5. Amazing Crosswords for Kids by Trip Payne

Ages: 8 – 12

Also making a place among the best crosswords for kids this year – Amazing Crosswords for Kids by Trip Payne.

This book is the seventh crossword puzzle collection from the crossword master, Trip Payne. The crosswords are indeed amazing, with age-appropriate clues that most kiddos would know instantly. The clues are kind-of riddles, like “you use this for treasure hunts.”

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6. Easy Crossword Puzzles by Nina Barbaresi

Ages: 8 – 11

Next up on the list – Easy Crossword Puzzles by Nina Barbaresi.

Enlarged for easier reading, writing, and coloring, this book of crossword puzzles is jumbo-sized fun for little puzzlers. The puzzles are easy enough with lots of identifying clues, but there are solution pages in the back for stumped, puzzled kiddos.

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7. Cool Crosswords for Kids: 74 Super Puzzles to Solve by Sam Bellotto Jr.

Ages: 8 – 12

Marking 7th place on the “best of” list for 2016 – Cool Crosswords for Kids: 74 Super Puzzles to Solve by Sam Bellotto Jr..

I love this crosswords book because there are designated categories for every kind of knowledgeable kiddo.

Pop culture “whiz kids” will love answering tough questions about Harry Potter and other kid-fiction favorites, while Scaly Tales is all about cool reptiles.

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8. ABC Crosswords by Fran Newman-D’Amico

Ages: 5 – 7

And in 8th place of the ten best crossword puzzle books for kids this year – ABC Crosswords by Fran Newman-D’Amico.

These are the basics of crossword puzzles for beginner spellers and readers. The ABCs are hidden throughout the book, encouraging kids to look at the pictures to discover the missing letters and solve the puzzle. There are 24 skill-sharpening puzzles.

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9. Crossword Puzzles For Kids: Super Fun Edition by Speedy Publishing

Ages: 7 and up

Crossword Puzzles For Kids: Super Fun Edition by Speedy Publishing marks #9 on the list.

Super fun and super adorable, this crossword puzzle features pint-sized pictures of totally cute animals.

The puzzles are packed with fun riddles, inspiring kids to think hard to solve big questions, like “what animal is this?”

Quirky, cute critters everywhere!

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10. 100 Fabulously Fun & Challenging Children’s Crosswords by Clarity Media

The final pick on the top ten list this year – 100 Fabulously Fun & Challenging Children’s Crosswords by Clarity Media.

Featuring 100 crossword puzzles, this book packs them into challenge categories with skill levels: easy, medium, and hard. Plus there is heaps of blank page space for taking notes, working out clues, or simply doodling while you solve the problem.

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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 05/25/16.

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