We Are NookPeople, a Community Bound by Bells

Bookfairs Manager and Animal Crossing fan Ellen shares some books to pair with the addictive game everyone’s talking about!

So, is there anyone else out there who is under the spell of Tom Nook? I know it’s not just me. I saw YA author Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give) caught a snapping turtle the other night. Woot!

For those of you who don’t know what “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” is: It is the most adorable video game on the Nintendo Switch, in which players catch fish & bugs, plant flowers, craft various items, decorate a house, and play dress up, all while interacting with the cutest animal neighbors you’ve ever seen. It’s sort of a modern way to play dollhouse. Tom Nook is the raccoon who runs the island on which most of the action takes place. The game is for all ages and is a comforting, chill escape from reality. I know players as young as four, to as old as . . . well, let’s just say, older than four. Ahem.


The game, a term that should be applied very loosely since there is no competition or end, does have moments to spur creativity and problem solving – players can create custom patterns, do landscape design and interior decorating, not to mention the fashion choices. The game also makes a player manage their money (Bells is the main game currency), do math (the Stalk Market), and players can learn quick facts about the fish, bugs, and fossils they collect for the wise owl who runs the museum, Blathers. I told you it is super cute. 

But this is BOOKPeople, not NOOKPeople. Here are a few book ideas for the “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” player when a break from screen time is needed…

  • Animal Crossing Sticker Book – Order here
  • Choose Your Own Adventure books – Explore here
  • Richard Scarry Busy Busy Town (animals living in an anthropomorphic society, or just books about a cooperative society/village in general) – Order here
  • Klutz Maker Lab: Rocks, Gems, and Geodes – Order here
  • Sew Mini Animals: More than 12 Animal Plushies to Stitch & Stuff – Order here9781338106442
  • Bones: An Inside Look at the Animal Kingdom – Order here
  • DK Eyewitness: Insects – Order here
  • Ella Sarah Gets Dressed – Order here
  • Game On! Video Game History from Pong and Pac-Man to Mario, Minecraft, and More – Order here
  • Awesome Minds Video Game Creators – Order here



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