Robots rock, right? (See what I did there? rrr …) Get your STEM-loving kids jazzed about robots with these books all about robots! From picture books to nonfiction tomes, these books will get your kids excited about robotics.
Riveting Robot Books for Kids
The Robot Book by Heather Brown
This robot has two eyes, two arms, and two legs, but what really makes him tick? Inside The Robot Book, Heather Brown answers that question within an interactive story that features actual working — and moving– parts. Gears and cogs are mounted on each illustration to keep little fingers and imaginations engaged.
Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
A boy meets a robot and they become friends, happily playing together until the robot gets turned off. But the boy doesn’t realize it. So he takes the robot home and tries to fix what’s wrong. Luckily, the robot’s on switch get’s accidentally turned back on. Very sweet with minimal text and perfect illustrations.
Clink by Kelly DiPucchio
Clink sits on a toy store shelf; he’s not fancy like the newer robots. Until he meets one little boy, a boy who loves to tinker. Is their friendship meant to be? You’ll love this happy ending!
Robots, Robots, Everywhere by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Bob Staake
Clever, rhyming text introduces readers to the many robots everywhere! Matched with colorful illustrations, this is a fun book to read aloud or for beginning readers.
R is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet by Adam F. Watkins
Bright cartoon-like illustrations show expressive robots doing noisy things. “Ick, Jolt, Kapow, La La La, Meep.” A simple picture book with gorgeous and entertaining illustrations. Added to: Best Alphabet Picture Books for Kids.
Raybot by Adam F. Watkins
Little Bot and Sparrow by Jake Parker
Sparrow takes confused, friendly Little Bot under her wing after he’s thrown out of the garage. Little Bot learns so much from Sparrow. He even learns to say goodbye with the change of seasons. Enchanting illustrations add extra beauty to this sweet friendship story.
Little Robot by Ben Hatke
I found this to be a lovely, heart-warming story about the friendship between a little girl and a robot. The little girl takes good care of the robot she finds and even makes him robot friends. As always, Ben Hatke’s artwork is gorgeous.
National Geographic Kids Robots by Melissa Stewart (ages 7 – 10)
Beginning readers will learn so much about robotics in this book with accessible text and mesmerizing graphics.
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey, illustrated by Dan Santat (ages 6 – 10)
Get ready for an addictive, action-packed, engaging sci-fi series for young readers. With awesome illustrations. It’s not often you see a book in full color – love that! After reading this book, kids will wish they had their own giant robot friend to help them conquer evil in the universe.
Hilo The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick (ages 6 – 9)
Hilo can’t remember what happened to him before D.J. finds him crashed landed on Earth. Hilo does remember an evil monster robot that has followed him to Earth. This ends on a cliff-hanger but is worth it — it’s a great page-turning adventure!
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (ages 9 – 12)
Roz is a robot alone on an island with only animals. If she wants to survive, she must figure out how to survive in the wild where the animals see her as a monster until she adopts a gosling and makes a nest. The novel starts out slow, it’s a unique story that consistently garners love from teachers and students.
House of Robots by James Patterson and Chis Grabenstein (ages 8 – 11)
Sammy’s mom has invented a robot which she sends to school to pass as another fifth grader, Sammy’s brother. Fast-paced, goofy, and entertaining.
Papertoy Glowbots 46 Glowing Robots You Can Make Yourself (ages 8 – 12)
Colorful card stock templates punch out so kids can assemble the robots by folding and gluing. Each robot has a name and descriptive story so you can get to know your robot toys. (I can almost see your robot army now!)
Everything Robotics by Jennifer Swanson (ages 8 – 12)
If you’re like me and you love the visually appealing style of National Geographic Kids, you’ll want to read this book about robotics. It’s packed full of interesting information that will educate and entertain.
How Things Work: Discover Secrets and Science Behind Bounce Houses, Hovercraft, Robotics, and Everything in Between by T.J. Resler (ages 8 – 12)
This book is hefty — just over 200 pages of oversized pages that show the inner workings of things at home and school (microwave, robot vacuums, and erasers) as well as transportation things (escalators), fun things (roller coasters), and much more! The book also includes inventor profiles such as David Moinina Sengeh who figured out how to make artificial limbs fit better. You could read this book for years!
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