>I'm involved in teaching chess to kids in elementary schools and there's a book I've always used called, Winning Chess Strategy for Kids, by Jeff Coakley. It's good for any beginner, including adults, but it's aimed at children.
>It's written in a way to appeal to kids, with entertaining art work, kids' lingo, and easily understood language, and covers everything from the beginning to a whole range of advanced strategies such as pawn structure, combinations, and tactics. It's just 238 pages long but kids have no trouble going through it. If someone studies this book, it should take them up to about a 1400-1500 rating within a few months.