My Crazy Invention Sketchbook

Every inventor had to start somewhere and this is our idea of a great launch pad—cool illustrations and invention prompts throughout.

Kids Get Coding

You can tell a computer what to do using a list of instructions, or an algorithm. That “language” is called a code, and after reading this book, you will soon be coding!

The Art of Tinkering

Today we learn by doing and that is exactly what this book is about: collaboration, problem-solving, pulling things apart and putting them back together.

Ada Twist, Scientist

This illustrated book follows a curious investigator who discovers, among other things, the scientific method—as did Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie before her.


Laboratories all around you, waiting to be revealed through your curiosity. This info-packed book includes such tools as a magnifier, fabric and polarizing filters.

Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding

You’ll think you’re reading an illustrated story but by the end of this cool, tricky book you’ll actually be coding—and better yet, you’ll also understand the why and how of it all.

Smithsonian Maker Lab

Build race balloon rocket cars, make sticky slime, sugar crystal lollipops, an exploding volcano and a lemon battery—all by using household items…and this book.

Minecraft Modding for Kids

Obsessed with Minecraft? Yeh…thought so. Learn to alter your gaming world to keep up with your imagination: build portals, archery ranges…and learn to code while you do!

Rosie Revere, Engineer

A spritely, young engineer gets exactly the encouragement she needs to make her first invention and to learn important lessons about perseverance and grit.

Making Simple Robots

Learn to solder, assemble an electric circuit, create objects on a 3D printer and program inexpensive Arduino microcontrollers, all in the name of making that robot.

The Science & Inventions Book

A good primer for younger kids looking for their first introduction to rockets, robots and microscopes. Think: puzzles, stencils, quizzes, stickers, paper airplanes.

Web Design for Kids

Given the number of adults who don’t understand coding, it’s not a stretch that parents buying this board book “for their kid” might, in fact, consider it useful themselves.

Computer Coding

If you made it past the basics of the previous book, you (oh…I mean, your kids) are ready for this user-friendly workbook getting you (them) thinking like computers.

Robotics: The Science & Technology

You’ll learn to create basic elements of robotics: working robot hands, hydraulic arms, sensors, solar-powered robots, and light-seeking robots.

Colossal Paper Machines

Pop out and fold models of big machines: a dump truck, space shuttle, excavator, ladder truck, concrete mixer, steam locomotive, and Chinook helicopter.

Make: Paper Inventions

You started with paper airplanes, but you’re now ready to create everything from action origami robot worms to a geodesic dome big enough to crawl into…all from paper.

How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons

Learn to use Scratch software to write simple code, use loops, debug and fix code; and eventually create a simple computer game and webpage using HTML.

Maker Dad

The editor-in-chief of Make magazine chronicles STEM learning with daughters, charting their 24 projects, including an antigravity jar and a kite video camera.

Who Was Thomas Alva Edison?

Among our favorite in the “Who Was” book series, this vivid, kid-friendly biography of the prolific inventor, focuses on the years before his legend took hold.

Who Were the Wright Brothers

Like many of you with siblings, (and like Orville and Wilbur Wright) my brother and I first figured out how to collaborate at home, learning to benefit from each other’s ideas and strengths.

Who Was Steve Jobs?

An inspiring story of creativity, resilience and innovation: Jobs grew up loving to make and fix things, and his company, Apple, forever changed the world we live in.