Chess For Children, a 112 page hardcover chess book by Murray Chandler and Helen Milligan, is a charming way for children to learn chess.
With Chess For Children, kids will delight in learning the basic moves of chess - the most popular and challenging strategy game of all. All the rules of chess are clearly explained, step by step, assuming no prior knowledge. The lessons are reinforced by the inventive tales that George is told by his pet alligator Kirsty, self-proclaimed Grand Alligator of chess.
Chess is recognized in many countries as a useful tool for developing creative thinking in children. Although chess can be regarded as a rather complex and mysterious game, chess rules themselves are very straightforward.
Using Chess For Children, it doesn't take long to learn how the pieces move, and even children as young as five can enjoy exciting games. They will also thoroughly enjoy outwitting friends and relatives!
I teach chess to elementary school students, and they love it. That is an understatement - they practically explode with joy every time I show up to give a chess lesson.
Chess for Children is my favorite book so far. It is a great teaching aid - helping me figure out what to teach first and providing some great illustrations and practice exercises. My students, mostly second graders, could not work through this book on their own, but would love going through it with an adult.
If you are considering volunteering in your child's school to teach chess - do it! A book like this, or a starter set like Once a Pawn a Time, will provide all the structure you need.