Learning about engineering is a process of discovery and trial and error. Often, the most difficult concepts to explain are also the most important. This list of 10 of my favorite picture books to teach engineering concepts to kids will introduce some of the most important ideas in engineering in a way that is fun and accessible for kids. These books are perfect for kids who are interested in engineering, technology, science, building, and inventing. They are also great gifts for kids who are curious about the world around them.
You might be wondering why someone would want to teach engineering concepts to kids. After all, engineering is a complex field with a lot of difficult concepts. However, it is important to remember that engineering is all around us. Everything from the buildings we live in, to the cars we drive is the result of engineering. By introducing kids to engineering concepts, we are giving them the opportunity to learn about the world around them and how things work. Additionally, we are also planting the seeds for future engineers. Who knows, one of these kids might grow up to be the next great engineer!
So, without further ado, here are 10 of my favorite picture books to teach engineering concepts to kids.
1. "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty - This book tells the story of a young girl who dreams of inventing, but feels discouraged until she learns to embrace failure as part of the discovery process.
2. "The Most Magnificent Thing" by Ashley Spires - A story about a girl who sets out to build the most magnificent thing but struggles with setbacks and frustration along the way.
3. "How a House is Built" by Gail Gibbons - This book offers an informative and comprehensive look at the engineering and construction process of building a house.
4. "If I Built a Car" by Chris Van Dusen - A book that encourages kids to use their imaginations and think outside the box when it comes to designing and building their own inventions.
5. "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" by William Kamkwamba - This book tells the inspirational true story of a young boy in Malawi who built a windmill from scraps to bring electricity to his village.
6. "Be a Maker" by Katey Howes - Wonderful picture book done in rhyme. This book is sure to ignite a child's brains with a world of possibilities as to what they can make. It encourages creativity as well as collaboration.
7. "The Magic School Bus and The Electric Field Trip" by Joanna Cole - In this picture book, the Magic School Bus takes kids on a journey to learn about electricity and how it powers our world.
8. "Going Places" by Peter H. Reynolds - A story that shows the importance of collaboration and teamwork in engineering and building projects.
9. "Papa's Mechanical Fish" by Candace Fleming - A book based on the true story of a father who invents a machine to help him catch fish, inspiring his children to pursue their own inventive ideas.
10. "Meet the Gears A Family of Engineers" by Sparky Riggs - This is a great STEM book. An 8 year old learns all about different types of engineers and how they help us everyday.
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