Thursday, March 18, 2010

Robotics @ Your Library!

Hello hello!  To all my fellow Pittsburghers--I hope you are enjoying this (sort-of?) Spring-like weather we are having.  "Lovely, lovely" it quote from one of my favorite books EVER, Small Pig by Arnold Lobel. Except for we're not sinking down into any good, soft mud here, friends. No sirreee! No way, not today! We're talking about ROBOTICS!  and how to encourage kids of all ages to take a greater interest in math and science @ your library.  We all know that there is a huge push to get kids to become more active in these areas in schools, and there are a lot of fun and creative ways to promote this in the public library.  Here are few book suggestions that might be great starters in a robotics-related collection. Get rrrreaaadddyy!!!

If I Had a Robot by Dan Yaccarino~ This is a great book that gets younger kids (say around ages 6-7) to start thinking about one big question: what would you do if you had a robot? What would the robot's function be?  Would it do your homework? Eat your vegetables for you?  Simple, yet vibrant illustrations and text make this a wonderful first pick.

Robots Everywhere written by Todd Hoffman, illustrated by Denny Hebson~ This is a really funny book that I absolutely LOVE--it's beyond hilarious.  Seriously.  The text rhymes in a catchy, fun way with quirky text that makes it a very appealing read from an audio as well as visual, standpoint.  There are little jokes throughout the book that inevitably crack kids up.  So, you get to introduce rhyming and langauge structure AND funny robot stuff all with one book?  Sounds super sweet to me!  
                                                      Baby Brains and RoboMom written and illustrated by Simon James.  This is another quirky read that would be a good pick for smaller kids as well as older children (think 3rd grade-ish).  It's funny, has great, colorful illustrations, and also asks some bigger questions for kids to ponder.  Questions like: Are there some things that robots can do really well that humans can't?  Despite these things, are there still some things that robots aren't meant to do, and should be left up to humans to do? Why is this so?