Recently, I have been fascinated by the television show “Westworld”, which describes a future world where robotics & artificial intelligence have advanced to the point of making the cybernetic beings indistinguishable from the human ones.

This isn’t a new concept.  As early as the 1940s, Isaac Asimov (author of the “Three Laws of Robotics”, seen above) was postulating similar scenarios and wondering about the moral and ethical dilemmas that may spring forth from a continued melding of machine and man.

With those thoughts in mind, I would like to present some titles dealing with the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence.  Not only do those topics become more and more relevant as technology improves, but the Makerspace movement has even pried robotics from its usual realm of scientists & philosophers and integrated it into library and classroom environments.


Let’s start with some general titles that help describe “the basics” of both robotics and AI…

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Everything Robotics by Jennifer Swanson. 9781426323324. 2016. Grade 3-6.

Robotics by Louise Spilsbury. 9781482451603. 2016. Grade 6-8.

Discover Robotics by Douglas Hustad. 9781512408096. 2016. Grade 3-6.

All About Robots by Lisa J. Amstutz. 9781635170146. 01/01/2017. Grade 4-7.

Artificial Intelligence by Kathryn Hulick. 9781624039126. 2016. Grade 6-9.

What is the Future of Artificial Intelligence? by John Allen. 9781682820605. 2017. Grade 7-12.


As I mentioned, robotics in the sphere of Makerspaces has become quite popular of late, helping guide students towards potential careers in technology-based areas…

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Maker Projects For Kids Who Love Robotics by James Bow. 9780778722540. 2016. Grade 5-8.

First Robotics by Nancy Benovich Gilby. 9781633623781. 2016. Grade 4-8.

Making Robots by Steven Otfinoski. 9780531218679. 2017. Grade 5-8.

Robot Scientist by Kevin Cunningham. 9781633625624. 2016. Grade 4-7.

Building Better Robots by Angie Smibert. 9781632353917. 2016. Grade 3-6.

Robotics In The Real World by Robin Koontz. 9781680780437. 2016. Grade 3-6.

Careers in Robotics by Kathryn Hulick. 9781682821183. 01/01/2017. Grade 5-12.

Powering Up a Career in Artificial Intelligence by Max Winter. 9781499460896. 2016. Grade 7-12.

Advanced Programming and Design by Kevin McCombs. 9781502619457. 01/01/2017. Grade 9-12.


For those who may not be old enough to start assembling the future quite yet, these titles will introduce the concept of robotics and fire the imagination…

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Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman. 9781101936887. 2016. Grade PS-K.

The Bot That Scott Built by Kim Norman. 9781454910640. 2016. Grade PS-2.

Franky by Leo Timmers. 9781927271933. 2016. Grade PS-2.

Nanobots by Chris Gall. 9780316375528. 2016. Grade PS-2.

Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino. 9780375859212. 2016. Grade K-2.

Robot Dreams by Sara Varon. 9781250073501. 2016. Grade 4-8.

Robots & Cyborgs by David Kassnoff. 9781499435290. 2016. Grade 5-8.


Want to just sit back and relax (well, at least until the bots inevitably acquire sentience and start disobeying orders!) instead of building the technology yourself?  These fiction offerings should do the trick…

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Robots Rule the School by Ada Hopper. 9781481463133. 2016. Grade 1-3.

Can You Survive an Artificial Intelligence Uprising? by Matt Doeden. 9781491481073. 2016. Grade 2-5.

Robot Revolution! by James Patterson. 9780316349581. 01/16/2017. Grade 3-6.

Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger. 9781419721229. 2016. Grade 5-8.

The Six by Mark Alpert. 9781492632634. 2016. Grade 8-12.

Emergent Behavior by Nicole M. Taylor. 9781680760019. 2016. Grade 9-12.

Renegade by Debra Driza. 9780062090409. 2016. Grade 9-12.

A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install. 9781492631262. 2016.

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis. 9781481459297. 2016. Grade 10-12.


Finally, it wouldn’t be a post about robotics/AI without some titles for the deep-thinkers…the ones who want to imagine what the future may be like:

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Artificial Intelligence and the Technological Singularity by Anne Cunningham. 9781534500273. 01/01/2017. Grade 8-12.

Thinking Machines by Luke Dormehl. 9780143130581. 03/07/2017.

We, Robots by Curtis White. 9781612196107. 2016.

Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford. 9780465097531. 2016. Grade 11-Adult.

Humans Need Not Apply by Jerry Kaplan. 9780300223576. 2016.

The Robots Are Coming by John Pugliano. 9781612436692. 04/11/2017.

In Our Own Image: Savior or Destroyer? by George Zarkadakis. 9781605989648. 2016. Grade 11-Adult.


Time for me to recharge…err, I mean sleep.

Or do I…

Zachv1 robotme Zach K.