The best books about robots for kids

The Books I Picked & Why

Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!

By Todd Tarpley, John Rocco

Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!

Why this book?

I love this rhyming bedtime picture book for all its kid-friendly robotic vocabulary and the beautiful art that is full of clever bits to discover over multiple reads. This book is one of my favorite picture books to gift at baby showers and young kids’ birthday parties. This book has it all – all the way to the sweet twist ending!


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Science Comics: Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future

By Mairghread Scott, Jacob Chabot

Science Comics: Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future

Why this book?

These educational comics are perfect for kids who devour non-fiction books and graphic novels! I especially liked this book because it touches on drones as well as typical robots. I read this book when I was doing research for my own book, T-Bone the Drone, and found it extremely helpful in seeing how another author explained robotics in a kid-friendly way.


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The Wild Robot

By Peter Brown

The Wild Robot

Why this book?

I am often intrigued by how much I care about the robot characters in books and movies yet they are machines without the capacity for emotions. Robots in stories seem to surpass humans’ morals because they’ve been programmed for a purpose without regard to their own safety, often resulting in “selfless” acts, being that of love or coding. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown explores these complexities and more including what it means to be a human, a mother, and even a family.


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Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover

By Cece Bell

Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover

Why this book?

Cece Bell knows how to write for kids! This story definitely spoke to the kid in me from the ever-relatable sleepover woes to the cutest little details such as how Robot wants nuts and bolts as a pizza topping! The art and text is soft and approachable for early readers and masterfully crafted by a kid-lit giant.


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Doug Unplugged

By Dan Yaccarino

Doug Unplugged

Why this book?

I included this book to counterbalance all the machinery and tech in my list. And while I am super intrigued by robots being robots, it’s also okay to go against expectations like the character in this book does! This robot actually unplugs (against his parent’s will) to explore what’s lies beyond his digital world.


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