Season 10 - Episodes 7 & 8 - A Robot Adventure

A Robot Adventure

Lauren and the Reading Bug are on an adventure to learn more about robots! Join them at the Institute for Robots and Intelligent Machines as they explore an array of amazing robotic inventions!

Books Mentioned in this Podcast

Fiction: 
Maya and the Robot By Eve L. Ewing, Christine Almeda (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Eve L. Ewing, Christine Almeda (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984814630
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Published: Kokila - July 13th, 2021

From award-winning author Eve L. Ewing comes an illustrated middle grade novel about a forgotten homemade robot who comes to life just when aspiring fifth-grade scientist Maya needs a friend -- and a science fair project.


Boy and Bot By Ame Dyckman, Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ame Dyckman, Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375867569
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2012

One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods. They play. They have fun. But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks he's sick. The usual remedies—applesauce, reading a story—don't help, so Boy tucks the sick Bot in, then falls asleep. Bot is worried when he powers on and finds his friend powered off. He takes Boy home with him and tries all his remedies: oil, reading an instruction manual. Nothing revives the malfunctioning Boy! Can the Inventor help fix him?


A Rover's Story By Jasmine Warga Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063113923
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 4th, 2022

Meet Resilience, a Mars rover determined to live up to his name. Res was built to explore Mars. He was not built to have human emotions. But as he learns new things from the NASA scientists who assemble him, he begins to develop humanlike feelings. Maybe there’s a problem with his programming….


Cog By Greg van Eekhout, Beatrice Blue (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Greg van Eekhout, Beatrice Blue (Illustrator)
$16.99
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ISBN: 9780062686077
Published: HarperCollins - October 1st, 2019

Cog looks like a normal twelve-year-old boy. But his name is short for “cognitive development,” and he was built to learn. But after an accident leaves him damaged, Cog wakes up in an unknown lab—and Gina, the scientist who created and cared for him, is nowhere to be found. Surrounded by scientists who want to study him and remove his brain, Cog recruits four robot accomplices for a mission to find her.


How to Code a Sandcastle By Josh Funk, Sara Palacios (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Josh Funk, Sara Palacios (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780425291986
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 15th, 2018

From the computer science nonprofit Girls Who Code comes this lively and funny story introducing kids to computer coding concepts.


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Rosie Revere, Engineer (The Questioneers) By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419708459
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 3rd, 2013

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.


Non-Fiction: 
Ultimate Book of the Future: Incredible, Ingenious, and Totally Real Tech that will Change Life as You Know It By National Geographic Kids Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781426371622
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Published: National Geographic Kids - June 7th, 2022

Robot dogs! Jet packs! Cyborgs! Super-sleek space suits! It’s not science fiction, it’s science reality. And soon, it may be part of everyday life. This book is a jam-packed collection of the coolest tech and wildest ideas that are shaping the world of tomorrow.


Maker Comics: Build a Robot! By Colleen AF Venable, Kathryn Hudson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250152169
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Published: First Second - March 30th, 2021

The family toaster is preparing to take over the world with an army of evil robots, but he needs your help to build them! Several obstacles lie in his path: your homework, a pesky little sister, and even a dastardly kitty cat. Just follow his instructions to build a series of robots, and world domination is within reach!


Other Great Books for You to Explore: 
Robots, Robots Everywhere! (Little Golden Book) By Sue Fliess, Bob Staake (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sue Fliess, Bob Staake (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780449810798
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Published: Golden Books - August 6th, 2013

Robotics for Babies (Baby University) By Chris Ferrie, Sarah Kaiser Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781492671190
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Published: Sourcebooks Explore - March 1st, 2019

Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots By Michael Rex, Michael Rex (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Michael Rex, Michael Rex (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984816269
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 11th, 2020

Mia Mayhem vs. the Mighty Robot By Kara West, Leeza Hernandez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kara West, Leeza Hernandez (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781534449459
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Published: Little Simon - November 26th, 2019

House of Robots By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Juliana Neufeld (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316346795
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Published: jimmy patterson - October 13th, 2015

Robo-Sauce By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525428879
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Published: Dial Books - October 20th, 2015

Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! By Todd Tarpley, John Rocco (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Todd Tarpley, John Rocco (Illustrator)
$17.99
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ISBN: 9780316254434
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 2015

The Wild Robot By Peter Brown Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316382007
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

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