The best robot books for little kids with big-tech taste

Who am I?

I’m fascinated by robots. As a former computer programmer, systems analyst, and consultant, I’ve had an interest in technology since my first programming class in high school. I’ve been to robotics labs in Boston, Massachusetts, and Lausanne, Switzerland. My husband is a mechanical/software engineer, so STEM is a big part of our lives. In addition to Robo-Motion, I’m the author of a number of Minecraft books with STEM and coding sidebars. I’ve also published many magazine articles, one of which was the inspiration for this book. I wrote about the CRAM cockroach robot for the March 2017 issue of MUSE.

I wrote...

Robo-Motion: Robots That Move Like Animals

By Linda Zajac,

Book cover of Robo-Motion: Robots That Move Like Animals

What is my book about?

Animals skitter, scuttle, grip, and glide and so do robots. In this nonfiction picture book about biomimicry, a photograph of each animal is paired with a fascinating robot that mimics its motion. Details about each robot’s purpose convey how robots can benefit society. This STEM title includes back matter, a glossary, and information about biomimicry. Through Robo-Motion for Research, I’m donating a portion of the proceeds to support research on diseases and medical conditions that affect children.

The books I picked & why

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Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots

By Michael Rex,

Book cover of Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots

Why this book?

I like a challenge, so I was drawn to how this concept picture book tackles a challenging topic, making it fun and accessible. While colorful robots dance and bicker, the text asks readers to evaluate statements to determine if they’re facts or opinions. Readers learn to question information and to respect the opinions of others, skills many adults haven’t mastered. The best thing about this book is that it fosters critical thinking.

Even Robots Aren't Perfect!

By Jan Thomas,

Book cover of Even Robots Aren't Perfect!

Why this book?

The robots in this book are cute and funny. In comic book format, a red robot and a blue robot get upset with each other but still maintain their friendship. In each of the three stories, the robots deal with misunderstandings, bad advice, hurt feelings, and apologies. The book made me laugh, which is never a bad thing.

Love, Z

By Jessie Sima,

Book cover of Love, Z

Why this book?

I was immediately drawn to this title because my last name starts with a “Z,” which means I’m always last. Z is an adorable young robot, who wears pajamas and a sailor’s hat. I love all the subtle, but meaningful touches in the illustrations: the partial glimpse of what Z has packed, letters on the robots, the cat that makes itself at home, and the hats that change heads. This is the kind of book I would have loved reading to my kids. With its peachy cover, this sweet story is as warm as a hug.

Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover

By Markus Motum,

Book cover of Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover

Why this book?

This nonfiction picture book takes an unusual approach in presenting the story of the Curiosity rover. Curiosity tells the reader about her extraordinary journey to Mars. I was fascinated and enlightened reading details about the construction, launch, and landing of this complex robot. The illustrator’s earthy palette compliments the subject matter. The last illustration of the tiny rover on the red planet left me in awe. It reminded me of standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon and gazing at a scene so vast I couldn’t possibly take it all in. Check out the rover’s path here!

R Is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet

By Adam F. Watkins,

Book cover of R Is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet

Why this book?

The artwork in this colorful book is detailed and amazing. It’s a big job to move letters of the alphabet and the expressions on these robots’ faces are priceless, especially the gleeful ones. This action-packed book is filled with fun sounds and a variety of skinny-limbed robots hauling letters in every color of the rainbow. At times it’s a challenge to find the small item that begins with the letter. There is a lot packed into each page.

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