Cece Loves Science by Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes; illustrated by Vashti HarrisonIntroducing: Cece, a young scientist who’s full of questions, such as “What if?” and "Why?” and “Do dogs eat vegetables?”
What happens: Cece and her friend Isaac team up to answer that last question, and readers can follow them every step of the way, learning the basics of the scientific method as they go.
Series alert: This endearing, inspiring series opener is followed by Cece Loves Science and Adventure.
Little Robot Alone by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest; illustrated by Matt PhelanWhat it's about: Winsome, toaster-headed Little Robot has an upbeat outlook and an idyllic countryside home, but he has no one to share it all with. To banish his loneliness, Little Robot musters his creativity and builds himself a friend.
Who it's for: Gentle watercolor art and text that "practically screams to be read aloud" (Kirkus Reviews) make Little Robot Alone an inviting choice for sharing one-on-one or with a group.
Tools Rule! by Aaron MeshonWhat it is: A brightly illustrated tale of cooperative construction starring a cheery bunch of anthropomorphic tools.
What’s inside: introductions to a variety of tools, complete with descriptions (“Saw saws Wood”), sound effects (“Zip! Zip! Zip!” says the drill), and puns (“Let’s get a grip on things,” declares Vise).
Try this next: Emma Garcia’s Tap Tap Bang Bang, another noisy, cartoony book featuring tools as characters.
Going Places by Paul Reynolds; illustrated by Peter ReynoldsWhat it’s about: Rafael loves to follow directions and has a competitive spirit. Maya is an artist who's more interested in creativity than winning. Yet when their class announces its annual go-cart race, Rafael and Maya combine their skills to build a unique, high-flying contraption.
Kids might also like: Young DIY-ers who thrill to the can-do attitude of this crisply illustrated picture book may also enjoy Welcome to Your Awesome Robot by Viviane Schwarz.
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley SpiresWhat it’s about: It takes a lot of planning, tweaking, sawing, and gluing, as well as one moment of near-defeat, before a young engineer (along with her canine assistant) can build the “magnificent thing” she’s been imagining.
Why kids might like it: Simultaneously relatable and motivating, this picture book assures kids that even when projects aren’t as “easy peasy” as they first appear, perseverance is key to the creative process.
Contact your librarian for more great books for ages 0-8!