Beep…boop….bot…the bots have just delivered a lot of robot books for kids. Time to read!
Robot Books for Kids
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From toddlers to early chapter book readers, I have a robot book to fit your needs.
Robot Books for Toddlers
Twinkle, Twinkle, Robot Beep by Jeffrey Burton invites little ones to blast into space while singing along to a variation of the tune “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” Board book pages make it easy for little ones to turn the pages too.
Hello Robots! by Joan Holub is a fun one for talking about all the things we do to get ready in the morning from getting out of bed to get dressed to eating breakfast. The illustrations are bright and bold perfect for capturing the interest of little ones. Plus, some of the board book pages unfold.
Learn all about opposites with Big Bot, Small Bot: A Book of Robot Opposites by Marc Rosenthall. Children get to lift the flaps in the book to reveal the opposites. Plus, you can go on a shape hunt throughout the book.
Picture Books About Robots
Love, Z by Jessie Sima is the story of a robot on a quest to find out what love is. His journey takes him to Beatrice who helps him connect all the dots and realize what love really is.
Raybot by Adam Watkins is the story of a robot in search of a friend. Raybot is a bit lonely and yearns for a friend. He sets off on a journey to find a friend that barks. He encounters lots of nice and helpful animals. In the end, Raybot finds not one but two friends.
And, check out a beginning sounds activity to do with the book.—->Raybot Beginning Sounds Activity
R is for Robot also by Adam Watkins is a very entertaining book where the robots are busy making the letters of the alphabet.
Boy + Bot by Amy Dyckman is a fun story about a boy and a robot who become friends. Even though one is a boy and one is a robot, they can still be friends.
I love the message in Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino. Each day, Doug’s parents plug him in and download all the data he needs to learn. But, Doug, decides to unplug and go explore outside one day and learns that there is so much to discover in the world.
Along the same lines of unplugging, check out Steve Antony’s, Unplugged.
Robobaby by David Weisner is a wordless book inviting readers to tell the story of a big sister putting her sibling together after the adult robots struggle with all the pieces and parts.
Take the story of the Three Little Pigs to space in The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara. Travel the solar system and learn a bit about the planets in this playful variation.
If you can’t reach the cookies, of course, you need to build a cookiebot. That is just what Harry does in CookieBot! by Katie Van Camp. But, will everything go according to plan?
I love a Chris Van Dusen title. Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit is about a young boy who loves space. One night, he discovers a big problem headed toward Earth, and he’s going to need to put some baseball skills in the mix to solve it.
Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots by Michael Rex teaches us about the difference between facts and opinions in a very fun way. Facts can be proven true or false. Now, what about opinions?
Curiosity The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum explores the fascinating robot that is currently traveling across Mars sending information back to scientists in the United States. It is aptly named- Curiosity.
Top Robot Picks for Circle Time Read Alouds
Sing-alongs are always a hit for circle time. Grab My Friend Robot! by Sunny Scribens. Not only will children enjoy singing along as a robot helps a group of kids build a clubhouse, but they will also learn all about simple machines.
Keep the singing going in If You’re a Robot and You Know It by David A. Carter which is to the tune “If You’re Happy and You Know It” but with a robotic twist. Get ready to stretch your limbs, shoot your laser eyes, and jump with this sing-along pop-up book.
Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! by Todd Tarpley is the tale of trying to get three robots ready for bed. This is a fun one for a whole group read aloud because there are parts that the kids can join in on plus there is lots of rhyming.
And the Robot Went by Michelle Robinson makes a fun circle time read-aloud with the cumulative text, rhyming pairs, and onomotoepia. A box has arrived containing the parts of a robot. Will the crew be able to get it working?
Nobody seems to want to notice Clink at the store. He doesn’t do all the fancy new things the other robots can do. This leads him to cry rusty tears. But, one day, Clink dusts himself off and belts out a tune catching the eye of a passerby. Check out Clink by Kelly DiPuchhio. It will remind you a bit of Corduroy.
Robot Books for Beginning Readers
There are a lot of fun choices when it comes to new readers and early readers.
The Ready to Read line has a The Adventures of Otto series by David Milgrim. Go, Otto, Go! was even a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. In this story, Otto is trying to build a spaceship to get home.
Even Robots Aren’t Perfect by Jan Thomas is bright bold and a whole lot of fun. Get ready for painting, rust, and parsnip pie in this playful graphic novel.
Milgrim also has The Adventures of Zip series too and it Poof! A Bot!, a robot appears.
The amazing, Dav Pilkey, has a beginning chapter book series for students ready to transition into chapter books. Fast-packed action, friendship, and of course robots appear in the Ricky Ricotta series. My kids devoured the series. They actually devour all things Dav Pilkey. The first book in the series is Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot.
How about a book where students can help to write and draw the illustrations right inside the book! That’s what you get in Doodle Adventures: The Rise of the Rusty Robo-Cat! by Mike Lowery.
Graphic novels also highlight robots and we have some favorites in that category too.
Hilo by Judd Winick literally has robots dropping from the sky. In book one, The Boy Who Crashed to Earth, we meet Hilo. And, Hilo meets some ordinary kids. But, nothing is ordinary in this collision of worlds.
Little Robot by Ben Hatke is the story of a little girl who finds a robot in the woods. But, there are forces trying to take the robot away. Can the little girl save her friend?