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Calling all lovers of STEM, technology, invention, and imagination!
This list is chock-full of books about robots to get aspiring techies and inventors excited to explore, dream about, and imagine the robots and technology of the future.
What are you waiting for? These robot books don’t byte!
Stop! Bot! by James Yang
A little boy stops by the entrance to his family’s apartment to show the doorman his new bot. Suddenly, the bot begins to float away! Luckily, the kind people living in the building pitch in and join the rescue effort as the bot floats higher and higher. Will their team effort be successful in reaching the bot before it’s too late? Ages 3-5.
Robot Rumpus! by Sean Taylor
Mom and Dad are going out for the night, feeling assured that the robots designed to care for their daughter will do a fine job in their absence. It’s all planned out: Cook-bot will whip up a delicious spaghetti dinner, Clean-bot will do the dishes after, Wash-bot will monitor bath time, and Book-bot will read a bedtime story. There’s no way anything could go awry…or is there? Ages 3-5.
R is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet by Adam F. Watkins
Quirky, noisy, and just plain funny! A group of robots build the alphabet together. Young children will howl with laughter at the goofy sounds coming out of your mouth as you read this out loud to them! Ages 3-5.
Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman
When boy and robot meet, it’s friendship at first sight! But the fun only lasts until the robot powers off. Boy tries to reboot his friend to no avail. The boy continues to search for a solution until, at last, his friend turns back on. Ages 3-5.
Clink by Kelly DiPucchio
Clink, a robot who can make toast and play music simultaneously, used to be in high demand. Now, however, no one seems have any use for him. No one, that is, until a young boy with a vivid imagination comes along! Ages 4-7.
The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara
In this retelling of the classic Three Little Pigs story, three little aliens are peacefully setting up their new homes when a giant robot appears and tries to crack and smack and whack down their houses! A chase throughout space ensues, with the aliens making stops at each of the planets along the way. Ages 4-8.
Wendel and the Robots by Chris Riddell
Wendel is always inventing. When his inventions don’t work correctly, Wendel just throws them into the junkyard. But when his latest creation, the Wendelbot, begins to take over, Wendel finds himself thrown out on the scrap heap. Will he be able to stop Wendelbot from total destruction before it’s too late? Ages 5-8.
Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin
If you’re tired of daily bathing, eating vegetables, and pushing through boring homework sessions, Robo-Sauce is the solution! Just one taste of the super-secret stuff will transform you right into a robot that doesn’t have to do any of that stuff! Of course, make sure you take the robo-antidodo later so you can return to being a human. Hey! Did you just turn your family into robots? And your dog? Uh oh! You’d better stop before…beep.bop.beep. Too late. Ages 5-9.
Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell
Rabbit and Robot are looking forward to their sleepover. Rabbit’s got an extensive list of things the two friends will do together, but there’s just one problem: Robot doesn’t really want to do any of it! Despite not enjoying the same things, Robot and Rabbit find a way to have great time in this heartwarming story. Ages 5-10.
Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino
Doug’s parents want him to the be the smartest robot around, so he spends hours each day hooked up to hard drives that download tons of information about the city in which he lives. One afternoon, Doug has had enough of being plugged in and decides to “unplug” and explore the city for himself, reminding us of the importance and the power of getting out there to discover for ourselves. Ages 5-10.
Welcome to Your Awesome Robot by Viviane Schwarz
Part story, part activity book. A girl and her mother let their imaginations run wild while they transform a plain cardboard box into the coolest robot of all time! This book is a great one for a rainy-day family activity or the finale to a robot unit. Ages 6-8.
Your Very Own Robot: Choose Your Own Adventure by R.A. Montgomery
Enter right in to the story with this book! Here, you are more than a mere reader, you are a participant in the story! You decide what choices your robot makes and what adventures it will go on next. Lots of options means you can read the story more than once and experience a completely unique adventure each time. Ages 6-9.
Recycled Robots: 10 Robot Projects by Robert Malone
This interactive book shows you how to create 10 different robots that move out of common household objects! Creativity and problem-solving skills are a must if you’re going to dive into this book! Ages 6-11.
National Geographic Readers: Robots by Melissa Stewart
This nonfiction book is full of information and photographs about the real robots of today. Readers will be fascinated with the ways humans are using robots to solve everyday problems, both big and small, all while learning about the science, technology, and math behind each of these amazing inventions! Ages 6-11.
Awesome Space Robots by Michael John O’Hearn
For years, scientists have utilized robots and robot probes to explore places in our solar system that humans are not yet able to get to. Inside, readers will learn about these remarkable robots and their considerable contributions to our understanding of the planets and our galaxy. Ages 8-11.
More Robot Resources
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