The best robot books 📚

Browse the best books on robots as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!

Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!

By Todd Tarpley, John Rocco

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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The best books about robots for kids

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Book cover of Science Comics: Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future

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

By Mairghread Scott, Jacob Chabot

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.
From the list:

The best books about robots for kids

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Book cover of The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot

By Peter Brown

Why this book?

A robot named Roz opens her eyes for the first time to discover she’s all alone on a remote island. She soon learns that the only way to survive is by befriending the wild animals who live there, but they’ve never seen a robot before, and it’s no easy task. 

Written in short, sweet chapters that read almost like picture books, this book has a soothing rhythm, yet doesn’t shy away from addressing the harsher elements of life in the wilderness. It’s funny, honest, heartwarming, and thought-provoking: all my favorite things in a book for young readers! 

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The best middle grade books about unlikely friendships

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Book cover of Doug Unplugged

Doug Unplugged

By Dan Yaccarino

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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The best books about robots for kids

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Book cover of The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots

The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots

By Kate Darling

Why this book?

Our relationships with living beings like plants and animals may influence the way we treat other sorts of life—or “life”—we encounter in the future, including the artificial life we create. It’s probably prudent to consider what those relationships should look like, now, before we begin engaging with AI or aliens lacking a clear sense of how to behave toward them.

From the list:

The best books for thinking differently about relationships

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Book cover of Lego with Dad: Creatively Awesome Brick Projects for Parents and Kids to Build Together

Lego with Dad: Creatively Awesome Brick Projects for Parents and Kids to Build Together

By Warren Nash

Why this book?

This book gets right to the heart of why I loved Lego as a kid, making stuff using your own imagination, as opposed to assembling Lego from a bespoke kit using an instruction manual. Flick through the book and you’ll see a wide variety of charming and playful builds, all made, unashamedly, from an eclectic mix of colours and brick shapes. The builds vary in complexity, from cute animals to robots with moving parts, end even a cable car that uses Lego motors and gears. In addition to the project how-tos, there are plenty of tips and tricks, all presented…

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The best books for getting dads making and creating with their kids

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