Goodnow Kids Book Recommendations

Gearticks May Challenge: Egg Drop Eggstravagnaza!

The Gearticks Robotics Club promotes monthly STEMtastic Challenges to encourage learning about a variety of Engineering and Science subjects. Each challenge is unveiled on the 1st of each month!  Check out the following books to help you explore this month’s topic! Click on the title to bring you directly to our online catalog!

Picture Books:

Egg drop by Mini Grey

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty; illustrated by David Roberts


Engineered!: engineering design at work by Shannon Hunt; [illustrated by] James Gulliver Hancock

Experimenting with physics by John Farndon

Forces and motion science fair projects, revised and expanded using the scientific method by Robert Gardner

Experiments with motion by Susan H. Gray

Cardboard box engineering: cool, inventive projects for tinkerers, makers & future scientists by Jonathan Adolph

Flight by Ian Graham

History and Biography:

Mars science lab engineer Diana Trujillo by Kari Cornell

The flying girl: how Aida de Acosta learned to soar by Margarita Engle; illustrated by Sara Palacios

Wilbur and Orville Wright, young fliers by Augusta Stevenson ; illustrated by Robert Doremus

You wouldn’t want to be on the first flying machine! : a high-soaring ride you’d rather not take by written by Ian Graham; illustrated by David Antram



April Challenge: Bottle Rockets

The Chemistry of Cola by Dr. Jamie Gallagher

The book of terrifyingly awesome technology by Sean Connolly

Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s super-soaking stream of inventions written by Chris Barton; illustrated by Don Tate

Spaceships and rockets by Deborah Lock (Easy Reader)

Rockets and satellites by Marcia Zappa

Professor Astro Cat’s space rockets by Dr. Dominic Walliman & Ben Newman

Mighty mission machines: from rockets to rovers by Dave Williams, MD, and Loredana Cunti ; art by Theo Krynauw

Hidden figures: the untold true story of four African-American women who helped launch our nation into space by Margot Lee Shetterly (Collective Biography)

Rocket to the moon! by Don Brown (Graphic Novel)

Star Wars maker lab  by Liz Lee Heinecke and Cole Horton

Machines in motion: the amazing history of transportation by Tom Jackson; illustrated by Chris Mould

March Challenge: Building Bridges!

Bridges and Engineering:

Bridges: an introduction to ten great bridges and their designers by Didier Cornille

Bridges: amazing structures to design, build & test by Carol A. Johmann and Elizabeth J. Rieth ; illustrations by Michael Kline

Bridges are to cross by Philemon Sturges ; illustrated by Giles Laroche

Building a bridge by JoAnn Early Macken

Built to last: building America’s amazing bridges, dams, tunnels, and skyscrapers by George Sullivan

A Book of Bridges: here to there and me to you written by Cheryl Keely ; illustrated by Celia Krampien

Where is the Brooklyn Bridge? by Megan Stine

This bridge will not be gray story by Dave Eggers

Building by Andrew Haslam ; written by David Glover

Engineered! Engineering design at work by Shannon Hunt

Secret engineer: how Emily Roebling built the Brooklyn Bridge by Rachel Dougherty

How Emily saved the bridge: the story of Emily Warren Roebling and the building of the Brooklyn Bridge by Frieda Wishinsky

Ellie, engineer by Jackson Pearce – 3rd grade Ellie sees herself as an engineer like her father and builds inventive projects for fun!  (Fiction series)

Picture Books and More:

Go! go! go! stop! by Charise Mericle Harper

Kitten construction company: a bridge too fur by John Patrick Green

The bridge is up! by by Babs Bell

Little Red rolls away by Linda Whalen

The LEGO ideas book: unlock your imagination by Daniel Lipkowitz

Rosie Revere, engineer by Andrea Beaty

Tinyville town gets to work! by Brian Biggs – When there is a traffic jam on the Tinyville Town bridge, the residents decide to work together to build a new one (Picture book)

Bob the Builder: on site roads & bridges by HIT Entertainment ; HOT Animation Production (DVD)


February Challenge: Creative Chemistry!

Chemistry Activities & Experiments

Chemistry: getting a big reaction created by Basher; written by Dan Green

Mason jar science: 40 slimy, squishy, super-cool experiments by Jonathan Adolph

Bill Nye’s great big world of science  by Bill Nye and Gregory Mone

Chemistry you can chomp by Jessie Alkire

Step-by-step science experiments in chemistry by Janice VanCleave

Experimenting with chemistry by John Farndon

Just add water: science projects you can sink, squirt, splash, sail  from the editors of The New Book of Popular Science

Electricity and magnetism science fair projects: using batteries, balloons, and other hair-raising stuff by Robert Gardner

How do molecules stay together: a book about chemistry written by Madeline J. Hayes ; illustrated by Srimalie Bassani

Electricity and magnetism science fair projects, revised and expanded using the scientific method by Robert Gardner

Chemistry projects with a laboratory you can build by Robert Gardner

Crystal & gem by Dr. R.F. Symes

Maker lab: 28 super cool projects: build, invent, create, discover by Jack Challoner

Kitchen science written by Shar Levine & Leslie Johnstone ; illustrated by Dave Garbot ; photography by Michael Hnatov

The Elements

Elements by Adrian Dingle

Exploring the elements: a complete guide to the periodic table by Isabel Thomas

Lift-the-flap periodic table written by Alice James ; illustrated by Shaw Nielsen ;

Iodine by Leon Gray

Gold by Sarah Angliss

Arsenic by Chris Cooper

Copper by Richard Beatty

Chemical world: science in our daily lives by Rowena Rae

Lives of Chemists and more!

Who was Marie Curie? by Megan Stine

Perkin’s perfect purple: how a boy created color with chemistry by Tami Lewis Brown and Debbie Loren Dunn

Mario and the hole in the sky: how a chemist saved our planet by Elizabeth Rusch

The diamond and the boy: the rock cycle of graphite & the life of H. Tracy Hall by Hannah Holt

A really short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson

Marie Curie for kids: her life and scientific discoveries, with 21 activities and experiments by Amy M. O’Quinn

Tell me why. Volume 1, Science  PLAYAWAY VIDEO | [2011], c2010