children's literature: makerspaces

Elementary Titles

Grade Level: 1-2
Title: "What Do You Do With an Idea?"
ISBN: 1938298071
 
"This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens. This is a story for anyone, at any age, who's ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It's a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn't going anywhere. In fact, it's just getting started." -Amazon
Grade Level: Pre-School -2
Title: "The Most Magnificent Thing"
ISBN: 1554537045
"Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. "She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!" But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right. For the early grades' exploration of character education, this funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity." -Amazon 
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
Title: "Rosie Revere, Engineer"
ISBN: 1419708457
"Rosie Revere dreamed of becoming a great engineer. Where some people see rubbish, Rosie sees inspiration. Alone in her room at night, shy Rosie constructs great inventions from odds and ends. Hot dog dispensers, helium pants, python-repelling cheese hats: Rosie’s gizmos would astound—if she ever let anyone see them.
Afraid of failure, she hides them away under her bed. Until a fateful visit from her great-great-aunt Rose (AKA Rosie the Riveter!), who shows her that the first flop isn’t something to fear—it’s something to celebrate. And you can only truly fail, if you quit." - Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
Title: "Ada Twist, Scientist"
ISBN: 1419721372
 
"Inspired by real-life makers Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, this beloved #1 bestseller champions STEM, girl power and women scientists in a rollicking celebration of curiosity, the power perseverance, and the importance of asking “Why?”  

Ada has always been endlessly curious. Even when her fact-finding missions and elaborate scientific experiments don’t go as planned, Ada learns the value of thinking her way through problems and continuing to stay curious." -Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
Title: "Iggy Peck, Architect"
ISBN: 081091106X
 
" This beloved New York Times bestselling picture book is a fun-filled, inspiring story about the power of teamwork and the importance of celebrating individual gifts and self-expression.  

Some kids sculpt sand castles. Some make mud pies. Some construct great block towers. But none are better at building than Iggy Peck, who once erected a life-size replica of the Great Sphinx on his front lawn! It’s too bad that few people appreciate Iggy’s talent—certainly not his second-grade teacher, Miss Lila Greer. It looks as if Iggy will have to trade in his T square for a box of crayons . . . until a fateful field trip proves just how useful a mast builder can be." -Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
Title: "Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids"
ISBN: 1641526211
"In laboratories, at school, and even in your house―science happens everywhere. Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids brings the excitement of scientific investigation to your kitchen with a heaping helping of experiments that you can really sink your teeth into!
From flaming cheese puffs to solar-powered s’mores, discover tons of deliciously fun ways to explore science―plus technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Each of these science experiments for kids comes with easy-to-follow instructions, as well as difficulty and mess ratings so you know how much adult help you‘ll need. You’ll even find out what meal each experiment is best for!" -Amazon

 
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
Title: "Have You Thanked an Inventor Today"
ISBN: 0997315202
"Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? is a journey into the often forgotten contributions of African-American inventors, that contributed to the American landscape. It chronicles the school day of a little boy, highlighting different inventions that he uses throughout the day, all of which were invented by African-Americans.  The book comes complete with brief biographies about each inventor as well as fun activities to promote and encourage reading comprehension.  "Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?" was selected by Microsoft as a book that inspires STEM and also received a 5 Star Rating from Reader's Favorite!" -Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
Title: "Magnus O'Meere, Mind Pioneer"
ISBN:1999088115
 
 "Magnus O’Meere is always off in another dimension, building epic ideas with his full-blown attention. But when Magnus’ inventive passion becomes disruptive and distracting at school, he lands himself in the principal’s office. As Magnus begins to question the things he has created, a stroke of fate delivers an eye-opening message that leads him to discover just how powerful his mind really is. Follow Magnus on an incredible learning adventure that highlights some of the most magnificent Mind Pioneers of our time, including da Vinci, Mozart, Ada Lovelace, Tesla, Einstein, and many more. Full of imaginative inventing, self-reflection, and empowering messages, Magnus O’Meere, Mind Pioneer will spark imagination and inspiration, while encouraging children to think outside the box, follow their inner compass, and always look for opportunities to grow." -Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 1
Title: "What to Do With a Box"
ISBN: 1568463200
"If you give a child a box, who can tell what will happen next? It may become a library or a boat. It could set the scene for a fairy tale or a wild expedition. The most wonderful thing is its seemingly endless capacity for magical adventure, a feature imaginatively captured in cardboardesque art by Chris Sheban and rhythmically celebrated in this poetic tribute by renowned children's author Jane Yolen." -Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Title: "Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding"
ISBN: 1250065003
"Hello Ruby is half picture book and half activity book rolled into one adorable package. It introduces programming without requiring a computer at all. The point of the book isn’t to teach you a programming language, but programming concepts." --GeekMom.com
"Meet Ruby―a small girl with a huge imagination, and the determination to solve any puzzle. As Ruby stomps around her world making new friends, including the Wise Snow Leopard, the Friendly Foxes, and the Messy Robots, kids will be introduced to the fundamentals of computational thinking, like how to break big problems into small ones, create step-by-step plans, look for patterns and think outside the box through storytelling. Then, these basic concepts at the core of coding and programming will be reinforced through fun playful exercises and activities that encourage exploration and creativity.
In Ruby's world anything is possible if you put your mind to it." -Amazon
Grade Level: 1 -2 
Title: "Hello Ruby: Journey Inside a Computer"
ISBN: 1250065321
"What exactly is a computer? How does it work? What is it made of? Learn all this and more with Ruby!
In Ruby's world anything is possible if you put your mind to it―even fixing her father's broken computer! Join Ruby and her new friend, Mouse, on an imaginative journey through the insides of a computer in search of the missing Cursor.
From bits and logic gates to computer hardware, in Journey Inside the Computer, Ruby (and her readers!) will learn the basic elements of the machines that power our world. Then future kid coders can put their knowledge and imaginations to work with fun activities." -Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Title: "Hello Ruby: Expedition to the Internet"
ISBN: 1250195993
"What exactly is the Internet? Is it a cloud? A network of wires? How does the information travel online? Learn all this and more with Ruby!
In Ruby’s world anything is possible if you put your mind to it―even building the Internet out of snow! But before you can build something, you need to understand what it is and how it works. Join Ruby and her friends in their quest to build the most amazing Snow Internet ever, while learning real life facts along the way. Then, future kid coders can put their knowledge and imaginations to the test with the fun and creative exercises included in the activity book section." -Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 2
Title: "Franky"
ISBN: 1927271932
"Sam loves robots. He is certain they live in outer space among the stars. His family laughs at him, and no one seems to understand. No one except for Franky, that is.

A story of a friendship between a boy and his robot, Franky is a treat for robot lovers about opening your eyes to the unbelievable." -Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten -12
Title: "The Dot"
ISBN: 0763619612
 
" With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark — and follow where it takes us.

Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."

Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw - she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. "There!" she says.

That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery. That special moment is the core of Peter H. Reynolds’s delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us." - Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 2
Title: "Young Frank, Architect"
ISBN: 0870708937
"Young Frank is an architect. He lives with his grandfather, Old Frank, who is also an architect and his spotted dog, Eddie. Using anything he can get his hands on; macaroni, pillows, toilet paper, shoes, Young Frank likes to build buildings that twist, chairs with zig zag legs and even entire cities. But Old Frank disapproves, saying architects only build buildings." -Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Title: "Awesome Dawson"
ISBN: 0316213306
"EVERYTHING CAN BE USED AGAIN! That's Dawson's motto. He collects junk that people throw away and turns it into something STUPENDOUS. But when Dawson uses his skills to create a machine to do his chores for him, he discovers he might have invented something a little too... AWESOME. Can he stop the rampaging robot before it destroys the entire town?
 
Chris Gall inspires kids to reuse, repurpose, and recycle in this inventive adventure about a boy superhero who turns trash into treasures--and saves the world while he's at it!" - Amazon
Grade Level: 2 and up
Title: "Marvelous Mattie"
ISBN: 0374348103 
"With her sketchbook labeled My Inventions and her father's toolbox, Mattie could make almost anything – toys, sleds, and a foot warmer. When she was just twelve years old, Mattie designed a metal guard to prevent shuttles from shooting off textile looms and injuring workers. As an adult, Mattie invented the machine that makes the square-bottom paper bags we still use today. However, in court, a man claimed the invention was his, stating that she "could not possibly understand the mechanical complexities." Marvelous Mattie proved him wrong, and over the course of her life earned the title of 'the Lady Edison.'" - Amazon
Grade Level: 3 - 6
Title: "Now Make This"
ISBN: 0714875309
"24 of the world's leading designers contribute one object each for kids to make themselves
For the young makers in the family, this beautifully designed handbook offers 24 unique and practical objects for kids to make and use. Each project features fully-illustrated step-by-step instructions, a photographic list of materials, the approximate cost, timing, and a photograph of the finished product. The 24 contributors range from lauded graphic designers to successful industrial designers, all of whom considered this young audience in the creation of their projects. This unusual and engaging book of activities grants children access to world-class design in their very own homes, and may even inspire a few to become designers themselves!"-Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
Title: "The Broken Bee's Nest"
ISBN: 1635921139
"Arun and Keya find the perfect tree for a tree house. Too bad it comes with a battered bees' nest! These bees need a new home―right away! Tying into the popular Makers Movement, Makers Make It Work is a series of fun easy-to-read stories that focus on problem-solving and hands-on action. This charming story explores the Makers theme of Beekeeping and includes explanatory sidebars and an insect-related activity for young makers to try themselves!" - Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
Title: "Guitar Genius"
ISBN: 145215919X
"A beautifully-illustrated true story of rock and roll legend Les Paul: This is the story of how Les Paul created the world's first solid-body electric guitar, countless other inventions that changed modern music, and one truly epic career in rock and roll. How to make a microphone? A broomstick, a cinderblock, a telephone, a radio. How to make an electric guitar? A record player's arm, a speaker, some tape. How to make a legendary inventor? A few tools, a lot of curiosity, and an endless faith in what is possible, this unforgettable biography will resonate with inventive readers young and old." - Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
Title: "One Plastic Bag"
ISBN: 9781467716086
"The inspiring true story of how one African woman began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community.
Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way. One plastic bag became two. Then ten. Then a hundred.
The bags accumulated in ugly heaps alongside roads. Water pooled in them, bringing mosquitoes and disease. Some bags were burned, leaving behind a terrible smell. Some were buried, but they strangled gardens. They killed livestock that tried to eat them. Something had to change.
Isatou Ceesay was that change. She found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community. This inspirational true story shows how one person's actions really can make a difference in our world." - Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
Title: "I Have an Idea!"
ISBN:  1452178585
"Join the magical hunt for one little idea: From one of the true creative geniuses of this generation comes a unique meditation on and celebration of the magic of the birth of a simple idea. Sparkling with visual wit and bubbling with imagination, I Have an Idea! is a richly emotional exploration of the creative process: from an initial tentative inkling, to the frustration of chasing the wrong notion, to finally the exhilaration of capturing—and nurturing—just the right idea. I Have an Idea! is a scrumptious cloth-spined package of color and inspiration equally at home on a child's bookshelf, in a new graduate's backpack, or atop a creative's desk." - Amazon
Grade Level: 4 - 6
Title: "Woodworking for Young Makers"
ISBN:  9781680452815
"Learning to be a maker has never been more fun. Full-color cartoons and drawings lead you through the steps needed for making a wizard wand, a sanding block, a charging station for your phone or tablet, and a sturdy box with a hidden compartment. You'll learn how to choose and use the right tools, measure and cut properly, sand, glue, and finish your woodworking projects to make them look great.

This is the perfect guide for young people who want to do woodworking at home, at school, or at a local makerspace. It teaches fundamental skills and unlocks creativity. No prior experience or knowledge of tools is required. Everything you need to know is explained in the text and cartoons." - Amazon
Grade Level: 1 - 3
Title: "Izzy Gizmo"
ISBN:  1682630218
"A feisty tale of determination, ingenuity, and friendship, Pip Jones’ U.S. debut is sure to capture the imaginations of aspiring young inventors.
Izzy Gizmo’s inventions are marvelous, magnificent . . . and often malfunction. But when she finds a crow with a broken wing, she has to help! Izzy tries again and again to build a new pair of wings, but nothing is working. Can Izzy overcome her failures? Or is her friend destined to live as a crow who can’t fly?
From author Pip Jones, this inspiring story of perseverance in the face of failure showcases a sweet friendship illustrated with bright, zany art of from the acclaimed Sara Ogilvie." - Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Title: "The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale"
ISBN:  0810989417
"In this quirky, artsy retelling of “The Three Little Pigs,” the pigs and their homes are nods to three famous architects―Frank Gehry, Phillip Johnson, and Frank Lloyd Wright―and their signature homes. Each house is filled with clever details, including furnishings by the architects and their contemporaries. Of course, not all the houses are going to protect the pigs from the wolf’s huffing and puffing. Which one will? The wolf, and readers, are in for a clever surprise ending." - Amazon
Grade Level: 2 - 4
Title: "Out of the Box: 25 Cardboard Engineering Projects for Makers"
ISBN:  1465458964
"Twenty-five interactive cardboard model projects that engage kids' creativity and "out of the box" thinking skills through hands-on learning and the application of science-based principles.
Kids can bring old cardboard to life and build recycled creations they can play with, sit in, and wear.
Supporting STEAM education initiatives and the Maker Movement, Out of the Box includes 25 interactive cardboard model projects to inspire kids' creativity through engaged and hands-on learning, and, as the founder of Maker Faire Dale Dougherty says, "to realize with their hands what they can imagine in their minds."
From small-scale gifts to large constructions, author and award-winning paper engineer Jemma Westing uses clear, step-by-step instructions to show kids how to make dinosaurs, masks, race cars, and so much more, and inspirational images encourage them to make their own unique models when they are feeling more confident. The projects utilize only recycled materials, including cardboard rolls and boxes, so all the supplies should be easy to find right at home.
Build something brilliant with Out of the Box. The possibilities are endless!"
- Amazon
Grade Level: 2-4
Title: "Awesome LEGO Creations with Bricks You Already Have: 50 New Robots, Dragons, Race Cars, Planes, Wild Animals and Other Exciting Projects to Build Imaginative Worlds"
ISBN:  1624142818
"Turn your pile of LEGO bricks into a day of fun! This unique activity book has step-by-step instructions and tons of photos to teach you how to build all-new and totally awesome robots and a robot lab, race cars to race your friends and jet planes to zoom across the room at lightning speed or fit in your pocket for on-the-go play. You can build wild animals then take your minifigures on a safari to see a lion, tiger, monkey and more! Build your own LEGO town with a playground, skate park and go-cart entertainment arena. Your knight minifigures will have a real adventure when they encounter a green fire-breathing dragon! Help the knights win the battle by building a catapult and a crossbow that really work.
Think you’re a LEGO pro? Then try the no-instruction projects, where you can put your creativity and LEGO building skills to the test by building something using just a photo as a guide. No matter how you use it, this book will help you and your family or friends have a crazy amount of fun building new toys and scenes with your LEGO bricks!" - Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 1
Title: "The Awesome, Impossible, Unstoppable Gadget"
ISBN:  125019511X
"The Awesome, Impossible, Unstoppable Gadget is an inspiring picture book from Kevin Kelly and Rebecca Kelly about incredible inventions going haywire illustrates that with persistence, anyone can be awesome, impossible, and unstoppable.
Trixie O’Toole is super-excited to be at Camp Create, where she can invent whatever she likes. But when a boy nicknamed “Professor” von Junk gets all the attention, Trixie feels left out. Still, she persists in following her own inspiration.
When von Junk’s Invention Inventor goes out of control, everyone is horrified. Is Trixie’s own invention sufficiently awesome, impossible, and unstoppable to save the day?
Trixie’s triumph will inspire future inventors and mad scientists to believe in themselves, and show that all good ideas deserve a chance." - Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Title: "Be a Maker"
ISBN: 1512498025 
"How many things can you make in a day? A tower, a friend, a change? Rhyme, repetition, and a few seemingly straightforward questions engage young readers in a discussion about the many things we make―and the ways we can make a difference in the world. This simple, layered story celebrates creativity through beautiful rhyming verse and vibrant illustrations with a timely message."
 - Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
Title: "Betty Builds It"
ISBN: 1513262327
"Combining humor and art with STEM subjects of science, technology, and math, Betty Builds It explores a burgeoning friendship between a genius engineering robot girl and her sweet younger brother who just wants to support his sister.
Betty could build just about anything. Whatever she needs, she can make it for herself. But with a screen as her parental unit and her baby brother Toby who can’t do much, Betty longs for a friend―so she builds one! While Toby struggles to get his sister’s attention, Betty continues to build and build, until finally she realizes what she was looking for was beside her the whole time.
Betty Builds It is a sweet family story of the new friendship between siblings, and also celebrates and promotes women and girls in science." - Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
Title: "Fern and Horn"
ISBN: 1773062263
"Fern and Horn are twins who look like two peas in a pod or two stars in the sky. But Fern and Horn have different ways of seeing the world. They try to outdo each other with imagination and improvisation, using crayons and pencils, ripped-up paper and cardboard boxes.
Fern loves to draw flowers and butterflies, birds and bees, caterpillars and orange trees. She draws here, there and everywhere. Horn wants to draw too, but he thinks his flowers look like purple pancakes and his caterpillars like striped socks.
“Draw whatever you want!” Fern tells him.
Horn draws an enormous elephant that tramples all over her pictures.
Fortunately, Fern’s imagination is as big as the universe. She loves gazing at the stars and making star shapes. Again, Horn tries to follow suit, but he is frustrated with his creations and makes a ferocious paper polar bear that devours Fern’s stars.
Undeterred, Fern decides to build a castle that can withstand elephants and polar bears, but a fire-breathing dragon comes along. Luckily, Fern knows exactly what dragons like best …
Illustrations full of vibrant color, collage and exquisite detail complement this story that looks at the endless imagination and creative energy of young children. Marie-Louise Gay suggests that if children are given the time and space to explore the many paths to creativity, the results are brilliant and inspiring." - Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten 
Title: "If I Built a House "
ISBN: 1984814842
"In If I Built a Car, imaginative Jack dreamed up a whimsical fantasy ride that could do just about anything. Now he's back and ready to build the house of his dreams, complete with a racetrack, flying room, and gigantic slide. Jack's limitless creativity and infectious enthusiasm will inspire budding young inventors to imagine their own fantastical designs.

Chris Van Dusen's vibrant illustrations marry retro appeal with futuristic style as he, once again, gives readers a delightfully rhyming text that absolutely begs to be read aloud." - Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 2
Title: "No More Bedtime! "
ISBN: 0553535617
"A vibrantly illustrated picture book about an inventive boy who hates bedtime, so he decides to build a top-secret machine that would put an end to it once and for all!

Elliot doesn't like bedtime. It always comes before he is finished with his day! He constantly creates new inventions to outwit his parents and stay up later—like the MEGA-BOOK 5000 and the PILLOW-COPTER 5000.

Nothing works, until Elliot has a brainstorm. This flash of genius leads to the ultimate machine that can keep the sun from setting for as long as Elliot wants.

But is a never-ending day as amazing as it has always seemed?" - Amazon
Grade Level: 3 - 10
Title: "Ollie and Harry's Marvelous Adventures"
ISBN: 1324003952
"Outdoor adventure and makerspace tech combine in this inspiring how-to from the brothers behind the popular Facebook page "The Days Are Just Packed."
Ollie and Harry Ferguson have sailed a toy pirate ship across the Atlantic, engineered a giant catapult, and launched toy astronauts into space―and they haven’t stopped there. They’ve created a list of 500 adventures to help them live life to its fullest, from setting up a wildlife reserve to building an igloo.
Ollie and Harry’s Marvelous Adventures features the best of the boys’ escapades, captured in vivid photographs and accompanied by step-by-step guidance on how to replicate them. The brothers’ days are just packed―and with the help of this inspiring guide, yours can be too. " - Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Title: "The Tallest Tree House"
ISBN: 076246299X
"From esteemed author-illustrator Elly MacKay comes a magical fantasy tale about the importance of working as a team and being a good friend.

Mip and Pip are two fairies who live in a beautiful forest near a waterfall. One day, Mip has a brilliant idea to build a tree house and decides to make it into a contest: whoever can build the tallest tree house the fastest wins! Pip, who is much more thoughtful and a planner, reads about architecture and sketches out blueprints while Mip, the speedster, is already halfway done constructing her house. But when a powerful gust of wind threatens Mip's tree house and Pip's safety, the two friends must learn to appreciate each other's talents to save the day-and to build the tallest tree house in the forest." - Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
Title: "Albie Newton"
ISBN: 1454922583
"Meet Albie Newton: child genius. He’s a whiz at inventing things. But is he inventive enough to figure out how to make friends?

When precocious inventor Albie Newton enters a new preschool, he concocts the perfect plan for making friends. Unfortunately, it involves stealing the hamster’s wheel, snatching the wings off of Dave’s toy airplane, and generally making a giant mess. Now everyone’s angry at Albie! Will his new invention delight the other kids enough to make everything right—and finally win their friendship? With this delightful rhyming picture book, favorite author Josh Funk (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast) has written another winner." - Anazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 2
Title: "Audrey the Amazing Inventor"
ISBN: 1910277576
"Meet Audrey. She wants to be an inventor, but her inventions are not entirely successful: the egg collectors and jam dispenser are a bit messy, and her faithful pet, Happy Cat, is still recovering from the mishap with the cat washer! It's enough for Audrey to lose heart and give up altogether, but with some encouraging words she gives inventing one last try. This fun and quirky picture book featuring a feisty and inspiring female protagonist with an inventive mind and curious spirit, is an inspirational story about following your dreams, caring for those you love and persevering to achieve your goals. Hilarious, heartfelt and utterly bonkers, Audrey the Inventor is a new heroine with plenty to say and do!" - Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 1
Title: "STEAM Stories: The Backyard Build (Engineering)"
ISBN:1786032813 

"Max and Suzy are bored and wish they had a playground in the garden—can the dynamic duo use their engineering know-how to build a swing, slide, and see-saw? Challenges include: choosing the best material to use, how to measure things, and work out how to test their designs. Next steps at the end of the book detail the engineering behind the story, with hands-on activities for children to experiment with the concepts explained, and find out for themselves how things work."
 - Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 2
Title: "Chilly da Vinci"
ISBN: 0735842833
"While others do “penguin” things, Chilly da Vinci—self-declared inventor penguin, builds machines that don’t work…yet!

When Chilly's latest invention, the Good Bird crashes into the penguins' home iceberg, it separates a chunk of ice and sends the penguins drifting out to sea. Can Chilly invent a machine to get them home before a hungry orca nibbles the ice away?

The book includes an author’s note about the Leonardo da Vinci and the inventor's early failures." - Amazon
 
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Title: "Fixer the Robot"
ISBN: 0571336361
"Every morning, FIXER robot, trundles up the hill To help the other robots as they dig and push and drill. A charming text that combines a truly heart-wrenching story with mechanical details, sure to enchant every young engineer." - Amazon
 
 
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Title: "How to Code a Sandcastle"
ISBN: 0425291987
"All summer, Pearl has been trying to build the perfect sandcastle, but out-of-control Frisbees and mischievous puppies keep getting in the way! Pearl and her robot friend Pascal have one last chance, and this time, they’re going to use code to get the job done. Using fundamental computer coding concepts like sequences and loops, Pearl and Pascal are able to break down their sandcastle problem into small, manageable steps. If they can create working code, this could turn out to be the best beach day ever!
With renowned computer science nonprofit Girls Who Code, Josh Funk and Sara Palacios use humor, relatable situations, and bright artwork to introduce kids to the fun of coding." - Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
Title: "Junk: A Spectacular Tale of Trash "
ISBN: 1585364002
"2019 Green Earth Book Awards - Short List Sylvia Samantha White is very good at finding--she just doesn't know exactly what all her "junk" is good for, not yet at least. But when completely ridiculous disaster strikes, she springs into action and uses her junk to create solutions to the town's troubles. A charming ode to collecting, creating, and following your bliss--even when you're not entirely sure where it will lead you." - Amazon
 
 
 
 
Secondary Titles
Grade Level: 7 -9
Title: "The Way Things Work Now"
ISBN:  0544824385
"Explainer-in-Chief David Macaulay updates the worldwide bestseller The New Way Things Work to capture the latest developments in the technology that most impacts our lives. Famously packed with information on the inner workings of everything from windmills to Wi-Fi, this extraordinary and humorous book both guides readers through the fundamental principles of machines, and shows how the developments of the past are building the world of tomorrow. This sweepingly revised edition embraces all of the latest developments, from touchscreens to 3D printer. Each scientific principle is brilliantly explained--with the help of a charming, if rather slow-witted, woolly mammoth.
 
An illustrated survey of significant inventions closes the book, along with a glossary of technical terms, and an index. What possible link could there be between zippers and plows, dentist drills and windmills? Parking meters and meat grinders, jumbo jets and jackhammers, remote control and rockets, electric guitars and egg beaters? Macaulay explains them all." - Amazon
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Title: "Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects"
ISBN:  1465451358
"Supporting STEAM education initiatives and the Maker Movement, the National Parenting Publication Award-winner Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors' wheels turning and make science pure fun.
Each step-by-step activity is appropriate for kids ages 8–12, and ranked easy, medium, or hard, with an estimated time frame for completion. Requiring only household materials, young makers can build an exploding volcano, race balloon rocket cars, construct a lemon battery, make sticky slime, and more. Photographs and facts carefully detail the "why" and "how" of each experiment using real-world examples to provide context so kids can gain a deeper understanding of the scientific principles applied.
With a foreword by Jack Andraka, a teen award-winning inventor, Maker Lab will help kids find their inner inventor and create winning projects for school projects, science fairs, and beyond." - Amazon
Grade Level: 4 -7
Title: "STEM Lab"
ISBN:  1465475613
"Explore and discover how science, technology, engineering, and maths shape the world around us with 25 hands-on experiments for curious kids.

From racing wind-up cars and building a sturdy sandcastle to creating a wave machine and making music with a homemade guitar, STEM Lab is packed with 25 exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) activities. Why do rafts float? How do bridges stay upright? How do seals stay warm? And how can you make a ball levitate? Each activity in the book has its own "How it works" section uncovering core STEM ideas to help young readers discover the fascinating answers for themselves.

Simple, easy-to-follow, photographic steps guide young readers through each experiment, along with essential tips and engaging STEM facts. "Test and tweak" boxes encourage readers to take their projects to the next level, while "Real world" stories show how STEM ideas make up our modern, everyday world.

Perfect for firing up kids' imaginations, for homework help and for rainy day projects, STEM Lab will excite and inspire curious young minds." - Amazon
 
 
 
Grade Level:  5 - 8
Title: "Creative Coding in Python"
ISBN: 1631595814
 
"Creative Coding in Python presents over 30 creative projects that teach kids how to code in the easy and intuitive programming language, Python.

Creative Coding in Python teaches the fundamentals of computer programming and demonstrates how to code 30+ fun, creative projects using Python, a free, intuitive, open-source programming language that's one of the top five most popular worldwide and one of the most popular Google search terms in the U.S.

Computer science educator Sheena Vaidyanathan helps kids understand the fundamental ideas of computer programming and the process of computational thinking using illustrations, flowcharts, and pseudocode, then shows how to apply those essentials to code exciting projects in Python:
  • Chatbots: Discover variables, strings, integers, and more to design conversational programs.
  • Geometric art: Use turtle graphics to create original masterpieces.
  • Interactive fiction: Explore booleans and conditionals to invent "create your own adventure" games.
  • Dice games: Reuse code to devise games of chance.
  • Arcade games and apps: Understand GUI (graphical user interfaces) and create your own arcade games and apps.
  • What's next? Look at exciting ways to use your powerful new skills and expand your knowledge of coding in Python." - Amazon
Grade Level:  4 - 8
Title: "Star Wars: Maker Lab"
ISBN: 1465467122
"Ever wanted to move things without touching them like a Jedi can? Or grow your own kyber crystal? Or maybe explode a balloon with a beam of energy, just like the Death Star? Now you can!
With 20 amazing projects, Star Wars™ Maker Lab teaches your budding Padawan how to become a Master of science, in both the real world and the Star Wars galaxy. Using clear step-by-step instructions, the book guides home scientists and makers through each exciting experiment–from making Jabba's gooey slime or a hovering landspeeder, to an Ewok catapult and a glowing Gungan Globe of Peace. Each experiment has fact-filled panels to explain the real-world science as well as the Star Wars science fiction from the movies.
With projects that are out of this world, this fantastic Star Wars book can keep children entertained for hours, making use of many household items such as cardboard tubes, baking soda, cornstarch, straws, balloons, and food coloring. There is also plenty to keep more adventurous scientists enthralled, with instructions to make your own bristlebot mouse droid, lightsaber duel, and Mustafar volcano. Star Wars Maker Lab supports STREAM topics and helps children to learn the basics of science by traveling through the Star Wars galaxy. May the (static) Force be with you!" - Amazon
Grade Level:  3 - 7
Title: "Craft Lab for Kids: 52 DIY Progects"
ISBN: 1631598619
"Enjoy the pleasure and satisfaction of making things together with Craft Lab for Kids!

The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus—all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids." - Amazon
Grade Level:  6 and up
Title: "The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter"
ISBN: 1440595046
"Charming crafts even Muggles can make!

You won't need alchemy or a magic wand to make these magical projects inspired by the world of Harry Potter. With a little Hogwarts creativity and the step-by-step guidance of this spellbinding book, you'll be able to transfigurate simple supplies and things around the house into everything from Remembrall Rings to Butterbeer Lip Balm to Nargles for your front lawn.

You'll be as busy as Mrs. Weasley knitting her Christmas sweaters as you dive into dozens of Potterific projects. Relive the excitement of Harry's adventures with these genius crafts. Drop some homemade Pgymy Puff Bath Fizzies into the tub and pretend you're Moaning Myrtle. Keep memories of the Quidditch pitch close with your very own Golden Snitch Necklace. Or show off the Sorting Hat's selection with a House Colors Tie-Dye Shirt.

Accio, crafting supplies--it's time for some wonderful wizardly fun!" - Amazon
Grade Level:  5 and up
Title: "Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World"
ISBN: 1607749769
"It’s a scientific fact: Women rock!
 
A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
 
Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more! " - Amazon
Grade Level:  7 and up
Title: "Getting Started with 3D Printing"
ISBN:1680450204
 
" Make: Getting Started with 3D Printing is a practical, informative, and inspiring book that guides readers step-by-step through understanding how this new technology will empower them to take full advantage of all it has to offer. The book includes fundamental topics such as a short history of 3D printing, the best hardware and software choices for consumers, hands-on tutorial exercises the reader can practice for free at home, and how to apply 3D printing in the readers' life and profession. For every maker or would-be maker who is interested, or is confused, or who wants to get started in 3D printing today, this book offers methodical information that can be read, digested, and put into practice immediately!" - Amazon
Grade Level:  5 - 8
Title: "Leonardo's Art Workshop: Invent, Create, and Make STEAM Projects like a Genius"
ISBN:1631595229
 
"Leonardo’s Art Workshop leads children on an interactive adventure through key art concepts by following the multidisciplinary approach of the Renaissance period polymath Leonardo da Vinci: experimenting, creating projects, and exploring how art intersects with science and nature. Photos of Leonardo’s own notebooks, paintings, and drawings provide visual inspiration.
 
More than 500 years ago, Leonardo knew that the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) are all connected. The insatiably curious Leonardo examined not just the outer appearance of his art subjects, but the science that explained them. He began his studies as a painter, but his curiosity, diligence, and genius made him also a master sculptor, architect, designer, scientist, engineer, and inventor. The Leonardo’s Workshop series shares this spirit of multidisciplinary inquiry with children through accessible, engaging explanations and hands-on learning." - Amazon
Grade Level:  7 - 12
Title: "The Popular Science Hacker's Manual"
ISBN: 1502644681
"Have you ever wanted to improvise a planetarium in your own home, boost a wi-fi signal, or turn a bike into a unicycle? The innovative projects in this guide include home improvements, gadget upgrades, and tweaks for fitness and sports. Readers will learn how to use basic woodworking tools, laser cutters, programming, and more to help build these hacks. Ranging from five-minute fixes to challenging, multiday projects, this manual ranks each project in terms of time, cost, and difficulty, while also emphasizing safety protocols for the most complex hacks."
- Amazon
Grade Level:  7 - 9
Title: "The Popular Science Inventor's Manual"
ISBN: 150264469X 
"Not everyone can become a technological genius who starts a multimillion-dollar company, but everyone can learn to tinker, to use tools, scavenge parts, fix broken items, and maybe even design their own invention. Readers will discover how to transition from brainstorming to testing to a product that's ready to market and sell. Sidebars on the visionaries who invented the digital camera, the Roomba, and more will inspire readers to pursue their own creative dreams." - Amazon
Grade Level:  6 and up
Title: "Amazing Origami Boxes"
ISBN:  048682246X
"Simple but unique, an origami box represents the thoughts and feelings of its maker. Between the pleasure of paperfolding and the satisfaction of having a handmade item to use (or give!), the box forms a positive association for the maker(and between the giver and recipient). In this guide, origami master Tomoko Fuse presents 20 original designs for origami boxes — some simple, others more complex, all made from a single sheet of paper.
Beautiful, full-color photographs accompany step-by-step instructions and diagrams for a splendid variety of completely functional boxes. They range from conventional square and rectangular shapes to those in the form of a bird, a basket, a cat's head, a flower, and other shapes. By varying the type of paper and color combinations, folders can create an endless variety of effects. Suitable for origami enthusiasts of all skill levels, this guide promises hours of creative joy." 
- Amazon
Grade Level:  7 and up
Title: "Brick Pets: 30 Builds: An unofficial guide to making cute critters from classic LEGO" 
ISBN: 1438011962

"Discover 30 original, ingenious, and unique buildable projects. Free your inner creative genius with these fantastic brick builds that includes a wide range of cute, life-like designs such as a tabby cat, Dachshund, tortoise, frog, goldfish, hamster, and more. Anyone with a drawer full of LEGO bricks will be able to build and customize amazing models with help from this inspiring guide. Based on the brick selection found in some of LEGO's Classic series, each project is a great way to test out unusual building techniques or to mix up pieces from existing kits that have already been broken up. Follow the instructions or go off in your own direction--it's your choice! Many of the designs in these books use fewer than 100 bricks, so you don't need a lot of bricks to get started. With even more descriptions, pictures, and step-by-step instructions than ever before, LEGO fans will find new ways to hit the bricks!" - Amazon
Grade Level:  6 and up
Title: "The Craft-a-Day Book: 30 Projects to Make with Recycled Materials"
ISBN:  1512413135
"Reduce, reuse, and recycle with ideas from The Craft-a-Day Book.

You can put the three Rs to work with these thirty awesome crafts! Using recycled and reusable materials from around the house, school, or a thrift store, you'll find directions for making colorful lanterns from paper and jars, ruffle skirts from t-shirts, scarves and mitts from your favorite old sweaters and socks, and much more. Learn to make bobbles and pom-poms and other easy decorative embellishments. You'll also get a window into how one experienced crafter―Kari Cornell―finds inspiration for her projects. Colorful photographs and step-by-step instructions turn each inspiration into something you'll love wearing or using―and will lead you to new ideas of your own! Ready, set, let's get crafting!" 
- Amazon
Grade Level:  9 and up
Title: "The Green Screen Makerspace Project Book"
ISBN:  1260019950
"Take your video projects to the next level with the power of green screen!
This easy-to-follow guide clearly explains green screen technology and shows, step-by-step, how to dream up and create professional-grade video effects. Written by a teacher-maker-librarian, The Green Screen Makerspace Project Book features 25 low-cost DIY projects that include materials lists, start-to-finish instructions, and detailed photos. You will get coverage of software that readers at any skill level, in any makerspace―from a library to a living room―can use to produce videos with high-quality green screen effects.
•Learn about the history and evolution of green screen 
•Explore the underlying science and technology
•Build your own inexpensive―or free!―green screen
•Choose a suitable lighting kit or find the best natural light
•Put it all together and create visually interesting presentations
•Edit your videos using PC, Mac, and Chromebook programs" - Amazon
Grade Level:  7 and up
Title: "The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn"
ISBN:  9781259644252
"Start-to-finish, fun projects for makers of all types, ages, and skill levels!
This easy-to-follow guide features dozens of DIY, low-cost projects that will arm you with the skills necessary to dream up and build your own creations. The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn offers practical tips for beginners and open-ended challenges for advanced makers. Each project features non-technical, step-by-step instructions with photos and illustrations to ensure success and expand your imagination. You will learn recyclables hacks, smartphone tweaks, paper circuits, e-textiles, musical instruments, coding and programming, 3-D printing, and much, much more!
Discover how to create:
• Brushbot warriors, scribble machines, and balloon hovercrafts
• Smartphone illusions, holograms, and projections
• Paper circuits, origami, greeting cards, and pop-ups
• Dodgeball, mazes, and other interesting Scratch games
• Organs, guitars, and percussion instruments
• Sewed LED bracelets, art cuffs, and Arduino stuffie
• Makey Makey and littleBits gadgets
• Programs for plug-and-play and Bluetooth-enabled robots
• 3D design and printing projects and enhancements" - Amazon
Grade Level:  9 and up
Title: "Makerspace Sound and Music Projects for All Ages"
ISBN: 1260027074
"This easy-to-follow guide shows, step-by-step, how to work with sound generation, recording, editing, and distribution tools. Co-written by a professional audio engineer and a dedicated maker-librarian, Makerspace Sound and Music Projects for All Ages gets you started designing, programming, and assembling fun music and audio creations right away. The book features dozens of DIY projects complete with parts lists, start-to-finish instructions, and full-color illustrations that guarantee success. You will explore the latest inexpensive―or free!―audio software for Windows, Apple, iOS, and Android devices.
 
•Work with free and low-cost music apps and programs
•Build unique musical instruments from household items
•Choose a microphone that fits your needs and budget
•Learn about DAWs and audio recording and editing applications
•Start making sound with littleBits, Scratch, and MakeyMakey
•Create killer drum beats and melodic sequences using micro:Bit
•Record your music and use cutting-edge analog and digital effects
•Add sound to your robotics, e-textile, 3-D printing, and wearable gadgets
•Upload your audio creations to SoundCloud, YouTube, and iTunes{ - Amazon
Grade Level:  9 and up
Title: "The LEGO Book, New Edition: with exculsive LEGO brick"
ISBN: 1465467149
"Celebrate and explore the incredible story of the LEGO Group and its much-loved bricks, sets, minifigures, movies, games, and more with this updated and expanded edition.
 
Take a dazzling visual tour through all the groundbreaking moments in LEGO® history, from the company's humble beginnings in a carpenter's workshop to the invention of the iconic LEGO brick and LEGO minifigure, through to the stunning toys, video games and movies of today, including LEGO® Star Wars™, THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™, and LEGO® Dimensions. This special edition of The LEGO® Book has been fully updated and expanded with the latest LEGO sets and fascinating facts to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the LEGO brick and the 40th anniversary of the minifigure. Go behind the scenes to learn how LEGO bricks are made; find out how amazing fan creations become real-life LEGO sets, and marvel at how LEGO bricks made it to the computer screen and the big screen. Created in full collaboration with the LEGO Group, The LEGO® Book is a treasure trove for LEGO fans of all ages." - Amazon
Grade Level:  9 and up
Title: "Creative Projects with Raspberry Pi"
ISBN: 1419725009
"The Raspberry Pi is a little circuit-board computer that was designed to be simple and cheap enough for anyone to use to learn basic programming. With the Pi, both kids and adults can learn basic coding skills and build robots, smart objects, and other intriguing and useful things, from motion-activated cameras to talking toys to weather stations to dog-food dispensers. Creative Projects with Raspberry Pi is a practical and inspiring introduction to making things with Raspberry Pi. It presents 35 projects, carefully selected to give readers an overview of the different kinds of things that the Pi can be made to do. It offers clear instructions, web links that give access to necessary computer code, and photographs and diagrams of each device that display DIY tech inventiveness at its best." - Amazon
Grade Level:  3 -9
Title: "Big Book of Building: Duct Tape, Paper, Cardboard, and Recycled Projects to Blast Away Boredom (Imagine It, Build It)"
ISBN: 1491443715
"Grab some paper, cardboard, duct tape, and other materials and get ready to blast away boredom! Inventive young builders will love creating awesome projects such as treasure chests, tin can robots, space stations, swords and armor, and a whole lot more. With easy to follow step-by-step instructions, readers will be building their own fantastic projects in no time!" - Amazon
Grade Level:  9 and up
Title: "Duct Tape Engineer: The Book of Big, Bigger, and Epic Duct Tape Projects"
ISBN: 1631591304
"shows you how to create the most enjoyable and impressive projects you’ve ever made—and they all start with a simple strip of duct tape. Build furniture, bags, outdoor items and more using simple tools and materials, with no special engineering skills needed.  

Start with duct tape basics that will aid in assembly: Learn cutting and tearing methods and taping techniques (yes, there’s more to it than slapping it down). Discover how to make sturdy duct tape sheets that can be cut and shaped. Using easily accessible tools and supplies like a utility knife and heavy-duty cardboard boxes, try your hand at making a desk and desk chair. Grab some foam and make a backpack, or create a custom hammock. Build a geodesic dome, and go truly epic with a giant pyramid catapult.

Every project includes step-by-step instructions and clear diagrams and photos. Don’t miss Lance Akiyama’s tips and suggestions for supplies, project variations, and material substitutions. Follow the solid construction techniques and you’ll ensure that these DIY projects will become favorite classroom activities and family projects." - Amazon
Grade Level:  9 and up
Title: "Rubber Band Engineer: Build Slingshot Powered Rockets, Rubber Band Rifles, Unconventional Catapults, and More Guerrilla Gadgets from Household Hardware"
ISBN: 1631591045
"You don't have to be a genius to create these ingenious contraptions, you just need rubber bands, glue, paperclips, and Rubber Band Engineer, of course.

Shooting far, flying high, and delivering way more exciting results than expected are the goals of the gadgets in Rubber Band Engineer. Discover unexpected ways to turn common materials into crafty contraptions that range from surprisingly simple to curiously complex. 

In vivid color photos, you'll be guided on how to create slingshot rockets, unique catapults, and even hydraulic-powered machines. Whether you build one or all 19 of these designs, you'll feel like an ingenious engineer when you're through. Best of all, you don't need to be an experienced tinkerer to make any of the projects! All you need are household tools and materials, such as paper clips, pencils, paint stirrers, and ice pop sticks.
Oh, and rubber bands. Lots of rubber bands.
Grab your glue gun, pull out your pliers, track down your tape, and get started on the challenging, fun, and rewarding journey toward becoming a rubber band engineer." - Amazon
Grade Level:  9 and up
Title: "20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius"
ISBN: 1259860469
"20 fun and inventive Makey Makey projects for Makers from beginner to expert
This hands-on guide is filled with DIY projects that show readers, step-by-step, how to start creating and making cool inventions with the Makey Makey invention kit. Each project features easy-to-follow, fully-illustrated instructions and detailed photographs of the finished gadget. Readers will see how to apply these skills and start building their own Makey Makey projects.
20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius starts off with very approachable introductory projects, making it a great starting point for beginners. It then builds to more challenging projects, allowing more experienced users to go further by incorporating technologies like Raspberry Pi, Processing and Scratch programming, 3D Printing, and creating wearable electronics with Makey Makey. Projects are divided into four categories: “Fun and Games,” Interactive,” Hacks and Pranks,” and “Makey Makey Go.”
• No prior programming or technical experience is required
• Basic enough for beginners, but challenging enough for advanced makers
• Written by two educators who believe in fostering creative innovation for all" 
- Amazon
Grade Level:  9 and up
Title: "Girls Garage: How to Use Any Tool, Tackle Any Project, and Build the World You Want to See (Teenage Trailblazers, STEM Building Projects for Girls)"
ISBN: 1452166277
"Girls Garage is the only book you'll ever need for a lifetime of tools and building.

Not sure which screws to buy? Need to fix a running toilet? With Girls Garage, you'll have the expertise to tackle these problems with your own hands. Or maybe you want to get creative and build something totally new. A birdhouse? A bookshelf? Girls Garage has you covered. Packed with illustrations that will build confidence for your next hardware store run, practical advice on everything from quick fixes to safety tips, and inspiring stories from real-world builder girls and women, this eye-catching volume makes the technical accessible. This is the guide every girl needs to take her life into her own hands. Girls, grab your tool belts, and get building!

• Informative, inspiring, and designed for everyday use, this is the ultimate book of building and construction for girls.
• A true confidence builder for girls interested in STEM, the building trades, and home improvement.
• Along with founding the nonprofit Girls Garage, Emily Pilloton has spoken at TED, been featured on television shows and the documentary film If You Build It." 
- Amazon
Grade Level:  5 - 8
Title: "Spy Science: 40 Secret-Sleuthing, Code-Cracking, Spy-Catching Activities for Kids"
ISBN: 047114620X 
"Sh-h-h-h-h-h!!

Top Secret...

Crack the code of superspy science fun!

Make your own spy sunglasses
* Write messages with invisible ink
* Hook up a secret alarm, and much more!

Discover how spies use science to keep--or uncover--top secrets. Learn how to go under cover, master Morse code, and even builddevices to see and hear through walls! These and dozens of otherfun-filled activities give you an inside look at the science behindspy gadgets and tricks of the trade. All the activities are completely safe and can be done with everyday stuff from around the house." - Amazon 
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Title: "Maker Lab: Outdoors: 25 Super Cool Projects"
ISBM: 1465468870
"Projects focus on Earth and the environment, plants and animals, weather, water, and physics, bringing science learning home and into the backyard. Young scientists can build a wormery and learn about compost, crack rocks with water and learn about freezing and thawing, build and launch a water rocket to see Newton's laws in action, and more.

Supporting STEAM education initiatives and the Maker Movement, Maker Lab: Outdoors includes 25 interactive projects to inspire kids' creativity and their scientific side, and, as the founder of Maker Faire Dale Dougherty says, "to realize with their hands what they can imagine in their minds."

With stunning photography, succinct step-by-step instructions, and detailed explanations, Maker Lab: Outdoors takes readers on a journey of discovery. A must-have for every young scientist curious about their surroundings, and for makers, crafters, and those who enjoy exploring the outdoors." - Amazon
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Title: "Awesome Physics Experiments for Kids: 40 Fun Science Projects and Why They Work" 
ISBM: 1641522984
"Fun Comes to Physics for Kids
How far can you shoot a pom-pom with energy generated from rubber bands? What attracts goo to a balloon? Can you cook s’mores using energy from the sun? Show kids how cool it is to learn physics with 40 fun and engaging experiments.
Created by board-certified science teacher Dr. Erica Colón, these physics experiments for kids offer a hands-on approach to learning about concepts like force, electricity, heat, and sound. Simple, step-by-step instructions let kids do their own experimentation and discover just how fun physics really is.
Awesome Physics Experiments for Kids includes:
  • 40 AWESOME EXPERIMENTS―Inspire kids to learn about topics like force, buoyancy, and flight with fun and educational activities that kids will want to try again and again.
  • EASY-TO-FIND MATERIALS―Experiment whenever inspiration strikes using common and inexpensive materials readily found at home.
  • STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS―Full-color photos and simple instructions help give kids the confidence to experiment on their own.
Show your kids how much fun they can have with physics." - Amazon
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Title: "Bots! Robotics Engineering: with Hands-On Makerspace Activities"
ISBM: 1619308304
"Robots are everywhere! They vacuum our houses, work in our factories, help us learn at school, and play with us at home. They sample rocks from other planets, survey disaster zones from the air, and bring back images from the bottom of the ocean.

Explore the roles robots play in our world and learn about the history, engineering, and key players from STEAM education expert Kathy Ceceri. Bots! Robotics Engineering with Makerspace Activities for Kids contains loads of hands-on robotics projects that help kids learn design, engineering, and coding. Find out what the future of robotics may bring, and how to develop your own innovative robots!" - Amazon
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Title: "Calling All Minds: How To Think and Create Like an Inventor"
ISBM:1524738204 
"Have you ever wondered what makes a kite fly or a boat float? Have you ever thought about why snowflakes are symmetrical, or why golf balls have dimples? Have you ever tried to make a kaleidoscope or build a pair of stilts?

In Calling All Minds, Temple Grandin explores the ideas behind all of those questions and more. She delves into the science behind inventions, the steps various people took to create and improve upon ideas as they evolved, and the ways in which young inventors can continue to think about and understand what it means to tinker, to fiddle, and to innovate. And laced throughout it all, Temple gives us glimpses into her own childhood tinkering, building, and inventing.

More than a blueprint for how to build things, in Calling All Minds Temple Grandin creates a blueprint for different ways to look at the world. And more than a call to action, she gives a call to imagination, and shows readers that there is truly no single way to approach any given problem--but that an open and inquisitive mind is always key." - Amazon
Grade Level: 4 - 7
Title: "How to Become an Accidental Genius"
ISBM: 1459816765
"Don't be afraid to try! Make connections! Be persistent! Ask questions and never take no for an answer! Learn the secrets and amazing stories of successful inventors!

How to Become an Accidental Genius is full of inspiring tales of famous and lesser-known inventors who have changed the world, from George Washington Carver, Mary Anderson (inventor of the windshield wiper) and inventor and actress Hedy Lamarr to Frank Epperson (of Popsicle fame) and Mary Sherman Morgan (The Woman Who Saved the U.S. Space Race). Readers will be amazed at the inventiveness of these geniuses. The book focuses on inventors from North America but includes stories from around the world. Organized into eleven chapters that highlight the qualities inventors have in common, the book also features profiles of inventive kids and teenagers." - Amazon
Grade Level: 6 - 8
Title: "The Vlogger's Handbook: Love it! Live it! Vlog it!"
ISBM: 0711242879 
"This fun, comprehensive guide to vlogging delivers the skills and tips you need to get started, produce a professional look, develop your skill level, and cultivate your creativity.

With a fresh, stylish design and bite-sized text and project prompts, this is a no-nonsense approach to learning about:
  • Setting up and uploading a vlog
  • Inspiration for what to vlog about
  • How to storyboard a vlog
  • Lighting and props
  • Advanced video skills
  • Editing your vlog
  • Adding sounds and effects
  • Building an audience
  • Making your vlog pay
  • Internet and social media safety guidance" - Amazon
Grade Level:  5 - 7
Title: "Art in Action"
ISBM: 1681197561
"In the days leading up to and following the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, artist Matthew "Levee" Chavez arrived at the Union Square subway station and passed out blank sticky notes, urging New Yorkers to express themselves. As the notes were posted to the wall, a colorful and moving collage emerged that reflected the city's rich and diverse personal responses to a divisive moment in history. In that moment, art and activism united a community. In this DIY guide, Chavez shows young readers how to create their very own art projects with a purpose. Young artists will be inspired to share their own perspectives and make a difference in their own worlds-from their homes to schools to neighborhoods and the whole broader world." - Amazon
Grade Level:  4 - 8
Title: "Bright and Happy Room: DIY Projects for a Fun Bedroom"
ISBM: 1515740110
"Make your room the Fun Zone! Personalize with whimsical monograms, inspirational quotes, DIY wall décor, guest message boards, and even a photo booth selfie station to entertain your squad. Each project will help you define your unique style and transform your personal space into the place to be for friends and fun!" - Amazon
Grade Level:  5 and up
Title: "Build Your Own Chain Reaction Machines: How to Make Crazy Contraptions Using Everyday Stuff--Creative Kid-Powered Projects!"
ISBM:1631595261 
"With Build Your Own Chain Reaction Machines, you’ll create 13 zany and awesome mechanical contraptions using stuff from around the house.

Build Your Own Chain Reaction Machines invites you into the wonderful world of crazy contraptions inspired by the amazing artwork of renowned cartoonist, engineer, and inventor Rube Goldberg, whose wacky, imaginary machines accomplished a simple task by taking a hilariously complicated route.

In this entertaining and instructive book, mechanical engineer and educator Paul Long gives step-by-step instructions for making low-tech devices using everyday objects in inspired and ingenious ways. Each of the 13 projects demonstrates how to build the machine's various elements and explains how they work together to make a mind-boggling mechanism that delivers hours of fun and fascination."
- Amazon
Grade Level:  3- 8
Title: "Cardboard Creations: Open-Ended Exploration with Recycled Materials "
ISBM: 1943147604
"Look no further than your recycling bin to ignite your child's imagination!
Featuring more than 20 sustainable art projects (with more than 75 different variations), Cardboard Creations shows you how to inspire creativity without having to buy fancy art supplies.

Whether you're a parent or caregiver in search of activities for just one child, or a seasoned art teacher looking for new projects to engage a group of children, this book is for you. Start reusing, exploring, and inventing today!" - Amazon
Grade Level: 4 - 9  
Title: "Electrical Engineering: Learn It, Try It! "
ISBM: 1515764311
"Are you amazed by the power of electricity? Are you curious to learn more about it? Then electrical engineering might just be the career path for you! Learn the basics from a real-life expert and get some hands-on experience. The world of electrical engineering is at your fingertips." - Amazon
Grade Level: 1 - 6
Title: "Code Your Own Games!: 20 Games to Create with Scratch"
ISBM: 1454923318
"Become a super-coder and create your very own computer games using Scratch—a free software developed by MIT.
Calling all creative young gamers! With its easy-to-follow, illustrated step-by-step instructions, this book will teach you key concepts—like drawing shapes—so you can code your own games. By the end, any kid will be able to make 20 popular games, from Snake to Brick Bouncer." - Amazon
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Title: "Make It Out Alive in the Ocean (Makerspace Survival)"
ISBN: 1499434766
"Ingenuity is the only hope for surviving the powerful, mysterious depths of the ocean. Readers of this innovative book will learn the STEM skills necessary for staying alive in this deadly aquatic environment. Makerspace activities allow readers to engineer their way out of real-life scenarios at sea. Theyll gain confidence in their critical thinking, creativity, and STEM abilities as they find solutions to hazardous situations. A map and supply list give readers the basics theyll need to generate survival techniques and plans, while fact boxes satiate their curiosity about the vicious ocean environment. This high-interest book is sure to become a favorite in any library." - Amazon
Grade Level: 4 - 6
Title: "Paper Circuits (21st Century Skills Innovation Library: Makers As Innovators) "
ISBN: 1634727207
"With paper circuits, you can add lights, sounds, and more to paper crafts such as greeting cards. With this book, students learn the art of innovation through detailed explanations and hands-on activities built to foster creativity and problem solving. Fun, engaging text introduces readers to new ideas and builds on maker-related concepts they may already know. Additional tools, including a glossary and an index, help students learn new vocabulary and locate information." - Amazon
Grade Level: 9 and up
Title: "The Gamer's Guide to Coding: Design, Code, Build, Play "
ISBN: 1454922346
"Learn one of today’s most important skills—coding—while creating your own games!
With this illustrated, interactive guide to coding, readers will discover how to create, test, and play fun 2D computer games. No prior programming knowledge is required to become proficient: just follow the easy step-by-step examples to program and share games on an Apple or Windows PC, Android device, or Apple iOS tablet. With code instruction in JavaScript—a user-friendly programming language used in millions of websites—this book is the perfect springboard for mastering any coding skill, from website creation to business processes, computer engineering, and professional-level game development." - Amazon
Grade Level: 6 - 8
Title: "Creating with Digital Sewing Machines (Getting Creative with Fab Lab)"
ISBN: 1499465084
"This title is a guide for makers who want to revolutionize their sewing game. Readers will learn the difference between mechanical, electronic, and digital sewing machines and how these machines work in conjunction with other machines in a Fab Lab. Theres plenty of information about careers available to digital sewing machine operators and about what education and projects can help them gain the necessary skills. And readers can check out the sources in the back to continue learning about digital sewing machines even after theyre done reading this book." - Amazon
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Title: "Draw Your Own Animal Zendoodles"
ISBN: 1515748405
"Go wild with zendoodling! Following easy step-by-step instructions, learn how to take simple lines and shapes and transform them into intricate cuddly cats, feisty foxes, darling dolphins, and more. With extra tips, tricks, and craft ideas, young artists of every ability will have fun drawing these tangled creations. Grab a pencil, relax, and draw your own animal zendoodles!" - Amazon
Grade Level: 5 - 8
Title: "Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World "
ISBN: 042528753X
"Part how-to, part girl-empowerment, and all fun, from the leader of the movement championed by Sheryl Sandberg, Malala Yousafzai, and John Legend.
 
Since 2012, the organization Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired over 40,000 girls across America. Now its founder, and author Brave Not Perfect, Reshma Saujani, wants to inspire you to be a girl who codes! Bursting with dynamic artwork, down-to-earth explanations of coding principles, and real-life stories of girls and women working at places like Pixar and NASA, this graphically animated book shows what a huge role computer science plays in our lives and how much fun it can be. No matter your interest—sports, the arts, baking, student government, social justice—coding can help you do what you love and make your dreams come true. Whether you’re a girl who’s never coded before, a girl who codes, or a parent raising one, this entertaining book, printed in bold two-color and featuring art on every page, will have you itching to create your own apps, games, and robots to make the world a better place." - Amazon
Grade Level: 6 and up
Title: "Labcraft Wizards: Magical Projects and Experiments"
ISBN: 1613736215
"Being a wizard takes training, practice, and a few tips from an expert. Labcraft Wizards provides dozens of step-by-step projects to transform everyday objects into instruments of magic, such as a sculpted magic wand, gooey ogre snot, bouncy dragon eggs, edible brewed slugs, an enchanted hourglass, and more! Through its creative activities, Labcraft Wizards encourages scientific observation and helps eager minds explore basic concepts in chemistry and physics through experimentation." - Amazon
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Title: "Gloss, Floss, and Wash: DIY Crafts and Recipes for a Fresh Face and Teeth (DIY Day Spa)"
ISBN: 1515734471
"Face it! The skin on your face is more delicate than the skin on the rest of your body. The recipes in this book will help balance your skin in a natural way. Using some of nature’s best ingredients, such as rosewater, essential oils, witch hazel, and aloe vera gel, you’ll craft healing recipes like an Acne-Fighting Face Lotion, a Cooling Facial Refresher Spray, and a Coconut Lip Balm. Sit back and relax with your very own handmade eye pillow or freshen up your teeth with the Minty Homemade Toothpaste. Experience an all-natural spa routine with these simple crafts." - Amazon
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Title: "YouTube Planning Book for Kids: a notebook for budding YouTubers."
ISBN: 1912293013
"Perfect little planning notebook to get the kids writing their own plans before getting immersed in their videos and screentime. And a cute record to keep of all of their ideas!"
Perfect accompaniment to a YouTube or Vlogging Guidebook
Got a child who loves Vlogging and YouTube and loves making their own videos or wants to start? Help them harness their ideas and filming skills and get planning like a pro with this kid-friendly YouTube planning notebook.
Get them off their screens 24/7 and help them hone their writing, planning, organising, editing, marketing and business skills through a hobby they love - and make better videos because of it!
Includes hints and tips on how to make good videos, how to stay safe when publishing online, and a review section to keep thinking about what you do and how to make it better each time.
10 double-page-spread planning pages to get you started on your YouTube journey." - Amazon
Grade Level: 3 - 9
Title: "No-Sew Pillows, Blankets, Fabric Crafts, and Other Bedroom Makeover Projects (No Sew, No Problem)"
ISBN:  1543525504
"Is your bedroom looking a little blah? There’s an easy and inexpensive fix for that. Try making some new decor using just a few pieces of fabric or by refreshing the stuff you already have. Don't know how to sew? That's no problem. Each activity in this book provides easy step-by-step instructions to make your own home decor without ever having to pick up a needle and thread." - Amazon
More Elementary Titles
Grade Level: 3 - 4
Title: "Real Chemistry Experiments: 40 Exciting STEAM Activities for Kids"
ISBN:  164152684X
"Full STEAM ahead!―21st-century chemistry for kids
Chemistry for kids can be so much fun! Real Chemistry Experiments has 40 exciting and engaging experiments with a real-life STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) connection for kids.
Become a better problem-solver, inventor, and innovator with these fascinating chemistry experiments. Each one has a clear purpose or question that’s being asked, step-by-step instructions, a list of materials you’ll need, questions to help you record your observations, and more. By the time you’re through, you’ll have chemistry for kids down to a science!
This book of chemistry for kids includes:
  • Easy-to-find materials―From tap water and paper towels, to popsicle sticks and dish soap, the materials needed for these experiments are quick and easy to find.
  • Real-life science―Learn the real chemistry behind how and why each experiment works, like why water and oil don’t mix in Oily Oceans, how geodes form in Eggshell Geodes, and more.
  • Chemistry basics―Get tons of info about chemistry and what it is, from the scientific method and the Periodic Table, to atoms and the five main areas of study.
Imagine all the things you can learn, create, and discover in this colorful book about chemistry for kids―the sky’s the limit!" - Amazon
Grade Level: 2 - 3
Title: "Sewing For Kids: 30 Fun Projects to Hand and Machine Sew"
ISBN:  1641526645
"Get crafty with super fun sewing projects for kids
From an adorable Needle House to an awesome Pizza Pencil Case, there are so many awesome things that can be sewn with just a needle and thread. Packed with beginner techniques for hand and machine sewing, Sewing for Kids takes you stitch-by-stitch from threading a needle to making your own Fingerless Gloves.
Get started with the ins and outs of hand-sewing, like how to tie a knot or sew a whipstitch, and before you know it, you’ll be sewing on a sewing machine! Wow your friends with your own handmade Fruit Purse―then, take your sewing up a notch with magical machine-sewing projects, like a Winter Beanie and Shark Tail Blanket.
Sewing for Kids includes:
  • Needlework newbies―Start stitching with easy-to-understand techniques, safety rules, basic stitches to build on, and tips for filling your sewing kit.
  • Something for everyone―These fun and funky hand-sewing and machine-sewing projects increase in difficulty so you can get comfortable sewing and then practice your skills.
  • That’s sew you!―Have a blast sewing handmade goods, like a Sloth Backpack Charm, a Tic-Tac-Toe Pillow, and a Beanbag Chair―or customize your crafts with tips to make it your own.
With Sewing for Kids, you’ll have stitches of fun and a special skill you can feel proud of for a lifetime." -Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Title: "And the Robot Went . . . "
ISBN:  0544586522
"Starting with a box of parts, the Nosy Fox, the Bear in a Blazer, the Blue Gnu, and other remarkable builders assemble the Robot, step by step. Each stage of the process has its own sound effect, and the growing list of sounds is repeated in every spread. Young children will happily Click, Clang, and Tappa Tappa along and relish the surprise ending of this winsome cumulative tale." - Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Title: "How to Catch a Monster"
ISBN: 1492648949
"There's a monster in my closet,
with claws, and teeth, and hair,
and tonight, I'm going to scare him!
He lives just right through there...
Get ready to laugh as a young ninja heads into the closet to meet the monster that's been so scary night after night! But what if things aren't what they seem and our monster isn't scary at all? What if our ninja hero is about to make a friend of strangest sort?
If you dare to travel beyond the closet door and into the land of the monsters... you might just find the very best reward of all. But with robots, lava pie, and a smattering of traps―catching monsters is no easy business!
Is there a monster living in your closet? Are you brave enough to catch him? Parents and children will love sharing this fun and inventive picture book, which reminds us that things aren't always as scary as they seem." - Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
Title: "Rube Goldberg's Simple Normal Humdrum School Day"
ISBN: 1419725580
"If Rube’s inventions are any indication, “normal” means something very different in the Goldberg household. For Rube, up is down, in is out, and the simplest path to accomplishing an everyday task—like brushing his teeth or getting dressed—is a humorously complicated one. Follow Rube as he sets out on a typical school day, overcomplicating each and every step from the time he wakes up in the morning until the time he goes to bed at night.
 
This book features fourteen inventions, each depicting an interactive sequence whose purpose is to help Rube accomplish mundane daily tasks: a simple way to get ready for school, to make breakfast, to do his homework, and so much more."
 - Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 1
Title: "Little Bot and Sparrow"
ISBN: 1626723672
"A story of friendship that can inspire anyone, even robots, to dream . . .

When Little Bot is thrown out with the garbage, he finds himself in a strange new world. Fortunately, Sparrow is there to take him under her wing. Together, they explore the forest, share adventures, and learn what it means to be forever friends.
This sweet and lasting tale by Jake Parker beautifully captures the happiness and love that can come from making your first true friend―and the courage it takes when it’s time to say goodbye." - Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Title: "The Big Ideas of Buster Bickles"
ISBN: 0062291785
"Buster Bickles's big ideas are always getting him into trouble. But when Buster gets to test the newly invented What-if Machine, anything Buster imagines becomes reality. Packed with rivers of chocolate, robot dinosaurs, and eggs-ray vision, the world becomes Buster's creation in this fantastically creative picture book by debut author-illustrator Dave Wasson." - Amazon
Grade Level: 1 - 2
Title: "Spare Parts"
ISBN: 1596437235
"Meet Rhoobart.
He's tarnished and tattered and, worst of all, his heart's broken. He'll have to go to the Spare Parts Mart, dig through their parts, and find a new heart.
Meet Poptart, the robot. She's energetic and smart and has her own ideas about broken hearts. "You just need a jump start!"
And that's how two robots who are nothing but spare parts meet and make each other whole in this riotous and rhythmic robot love story from the creators of The Ant and the Grasshopper and The Crocodile and the Scorpion." - Amazon