The Kids’ Book of Chess and Starter Kit

Learn to Play and Become a Grandmaster! Includes Illustrated Chessboard, Full-Color Instructional Book, and 32 Sturdy 3-D Cardboard Pieces


By Harvey Kidder

Illustrated by George Ermos

Formats and Prices




$28.95 CAD


Trade Paperback (Revised)


Trade Paperback (Revised) $22.95 $28.95 CAD

This item is a preorder. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around September 13, 2022. This date is subject to change due to shipping delays beyond our control.

A complete beginner’s kit, including the beloved Kids’ Book of Chess, an illustrated instructional chessboard, and a set of 32 chess pieces!

From how to set up the board and make your first move to learning the notorious “blitzkrieg”—a lightning-swift mate-in-four—here is the kit with everything you need to learn and play chess, including a set of sturdy, environmentally friendly cardboard pieces you can build in the classic Staunton design, an illustrated chessboard with helpful reminders on how each piece moves, and a 96-page book filled with lively illustrations and focusing on the game’s historic origins on a medieval battlefield. The Kid’s Book of Chess teaches the game so effectively it’s sold over one million copies. It’s your move!
Kit includes The Kids Book of Chess an illustrated instructional chessboard and a set of 32 chess pieces to build plus a fabric storage bag to keep them in.
Read and approved for accuracy by the US Chess Federation.


  • “Harvey Kidder explains the game with a clarity that is absolute.” —The New Yorker

On Sale
Sep 13, 2022
Page Count
96 pages

Harvey Kidder

About the Author

Harvey Kidder was a highly-renowned author, artist and illustrator. His popular book, “The Kids’ Book of Chess”, was originally written for his son and has been in print for over thirty years.

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