Top 11 Team-Building and Activity Books

February 19th, 2013

I feel as if every facilitator is looking for new and processing/debriefing activities.
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The Hundredth Monkey: Activities That Inspire Playful Learning by Nate Folan & Friends

The Hundredth Monkey is the newest Project Adventure publication, and the first one I would tell you to buy.
Back Pocket Adventure by Karl Rohnke and Jim Grout
These two are some of the pioneers and fun to read. The best part…it literally fits into your back pocket.

Count Me In: Large Group Activities That Work by Mark Collard

Do you work with large groups? Do you find it hard to do anything with 50, 100, or even 500 people? (Consider yourself in the majority of leaders who have to work with large groups.) Mr. Mark Collard is the expert on large group activities. I use most, if not all of the activities in this book. You can find him at and at

Exploring Island Richard Maizell

If you are a counselor, social worker, or work as a therapist in any capacity, this is the book for you. It is the follow-up to Island great assessment activities.
The Leadership Training Activity Book by Lois B. Hart and Charlotte S Waisman
This is the Ph.D of activity books, and effort to make sure these activities are essential for professionals looking for solid leadership training.

No Props:Great Games with No Equipment by Mark Collard

Ever have to travel and is absolutely awesome. I would tell everyone to add this book to their game bag immediately.

Quicksilver: Adventure Games, Initiative Problems, Trust Activities by Karl Rohnke and Steve Butler

Quicksilver has so many foundational and over again.
Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
Strengths Finder 2.0 is very different from the rest of the books on this list, but it just as powerful for knowing about your team’s strengths. The online assessment that accompanies this book is by far and leadership resources.
Team-Building Activities for Every Group by Alanna Jones
Alanna Jones has put together a book packed full of unique activities for groups of all ages. It is great for youth groups, HS students, and implement. I am excited to read some of her other books.
The Adventurous Book of Outdoor Games by Scott Strother
If you are a camp counselor or spend time with students outside, this is the book for you. It seems as Mr. Strother thought of every game he played as a youth or as a youth counselor (he also came up with some awesome new ones) and placed them all into this book.
Not The Same Name Game Book by Ryan Eller and Jerrod Murr
Do you think I would put together a list and buy it!
What book could you not live without? Did I leave something off of the list? I would love to read your favorite.
Ryan Eller
Founder, Paradigm Shift

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