Rowdy Robots — Picture Books With Mechanical Main Characters
Robots are a sure thing to grab the attention of young children. From Rosie, the Jetson’s maid in the 80’s to today’s high-tech droids buzzing airport control towers, robots are certainly intriguing to all ages. Go ahead and share picture books about robots or take it a step further like the librarian in our feature article who is doing robotics and coding in her school library.
|Zoe and Robot Let’s Pretend
By: Ryan SiasA young girl tries to teach her robot how to pretend. Ages 6-9
|Welcome to Robot Town
By: Ryan HeshkaSimple text introduces the hardworking residents of Robot town, including TrafficBot and Mechanic Crank Shaft. Ages 4-7
By: William JoyceWhen the sun begins to melt the snow, Olie and Zowie take their snowman friend, Mr. Snowie, to a new home in Chillsville. Ages 4-8
By: Ryan HunterRhyming verse describes the many things that robots can do, while sidebars present more detailed information on actual robots today and as planned for the future. Ages 4-8
By: Sean TaylorA robotic mop, assigned to clean a basement restroom, yearns to feel the sunshine, see the world, and more, but when he is finally outside, he discovers that what he needs most of all is a friend. Ages 5-8
|Rafa Was My Robot
By: Alexandra Dellevoet and Ken TurnerJacob and his robot Rafa do everything together, but one day, Rafa begins to slow down, becoming weaker with each day, and Jacob, unable to find a cure for his friend, must come to terms with possibly losing him. Ages 6-7
By: Kurt CyrusFlip orders a “perfect pet” from the Internet but neither the leash nor the remote control may be enough when Motor Dog decides to go after Scoot the Cat. Ages 4-7
By: Mike AustinMunching Machines enter a huge junkyard and consume all of the waste, then smooth the ground, plant trees and flowers, create a lake and playground, and much more. Ages 4-8
By: Bob StaakeNothing can stop hard-working robots, Blink, Zinc, Blip, and Zip, from performing their many household tasks until they get caught in a downpour. Ages 3-8
By: Dan YaccarinoDoug the robot discovers that cities are much more than downloaded facts when he unplugs from the computer feed and explores one first-hand. Ages 5-9
|Baby Brains And RoboMom
By: Simon JamesBaby Brains invents RoboMom to do all the household chores and give his tired parents a rest.
|Welcome to Your Awesome Robot
By: Viviane SchwarzA child and his mother construct a robot out of a cardboard box, in a book that includes instructions for making and customizing one’s own cardboard-box robot.