SWENext K-8 October 2018

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Fun books on Engineering

Not sure what to do on a cool fall weekend? Read a fun book about engineering! There are lots to choose from.

Nick & Tesla Series (By Steve Hockensmith and Bob Pflugfelder)

Nick and Tesla, 11-year old twins, are budding inventors and detectives who live with their inattentive scientist uncle Newt. Each story is an action-packed mystery to solve using science and technology. Directions for some of the projects are included so readers can try them at home.

Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist Series (By Jim Benton)

Get ready to laugh because Franny’s adventures will crack you up! Franny is a socially awkward, mad scientist kid whose science and tech experiments end in complete disaster — all for your reading pleasure, of course.

Super Cool Tech (By DK)

Just like the title says, this book, with a sleek laptop-looking cover and eye-catching design and layout, showcases the coolest inventions in technology. Not only do you learn about today’s tech such as a bionic suit, a floating hotel, or a 3D printed car, but you’ll also discover future tech possibilities such as teleportation and artificial intelligence.

Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women (By Melissa Sweet and Catherine Thimmesh)

Fascinating, well-written stories of female inventors show how inventions such as chocolate chip cookies and windshield wipers came to be. What inspired these women, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities? Read the book and find out!

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (By William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer)

An inspiring true story of necessity and invention! Due to a drought, William’s African village has no water, no crops, and no income source. He researches solutions in the library and decides to build a windmill which successfully pumps water to the fields and generates electricity for his family.

Maker Lab (By Jack Challoner)

Beautiful design and photographs showcase 28 kid-friendly, easy-to-follow experiments and activities. Only household materials are required, there are three levels of difficulty, and kids will learn the real-world science behind each project.

Secret Coders (By Gene Luen Yang)

In this interactive graphic novel, Hopper and her friends notice strange things at their new, creepy school including that the birds are robots. To stop the strange birds and the evil janitor controlling them, the kids need your help with logic puzzles and basic programming.

Strange but True! (By DK)


It’s practically impossible to resist reading this book about the most crazy, extreme, and unusual animals, places, and occurrences in our world. Paired with gorgeous photographs, you’ll read about zombie snails, fairy chimneys, killer plants, a crater of fire called the “Door to Hell”, and much more.