Picture books that contain simple scientific concepts or facts in the story are good for introducing children to Science in an interesting way. Introducing such books at an early age will help them to form a basic understanding of the subject and this will enable them to better comprehend more complex concepts as they grow older (Dougherty, 2014).
Science fiction in picture book opens up children’s imagination and creates a world of possibilities for them.
From alien invasion and space battles to weird inventions and time travel, children get to question the existence of fictitious characters and events, while picking up real scientific concepts which form the basis of these stories.
When Angus Met Alvin
Author: Sue Pickford
Publisher: London: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2014.
Call No.: JP PIC
Summary: One day, an uninvited visitor crashes his spaceship right into Angus’ lawn and makes a mess in his garden. Alvin, the annoying alien, boasts about his special abilities and irritates Angus even more. Read and find out how Angus teaches Alvin some manners.
Aliens Love Smelly Jelly
Author: Tony Mitton
Publisher: London: Orchard, 2011.
Call No.: JP MIT
Summary: Little aliens are gathering at Planet Zum-Zee for an Alien Tea party. Arriving in various types of transport such as capsule, space shuttle and moonship, each alien brings a different kind of food from their planets. Children can learn written sounds, such as “buzz”, “bang” and “whirr”, and relate them to the various spacecraft. With colourful illustrations, this book is sure to delight young readers.
Author: Stephanie Meyers
Publisher: Franklin, TN: Flowerpot Press, 2014.
Call No.: JP AWE
Summary: This interactive board book allows young children to play and pretend to be an alien by using the die-cut circular hole. Children will also learn about funny homonyms such as “forearm and four arms”. This is a light-hearted read that all children will enjoy.
Earth to Clunk
Author: Pam Smallcomb
Publisher: New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2011.
Call No.: JP SMA
Summary: A hilarious story about a boy who hates writing to his pen pal, Clunk, from planet Quazar. To teach Clunk a lesson for having a pen pal from Earth, he sends all kinds of nasty things to him such as dirty socks, scary drawing, old lasagna, toilet plunger and even his big sister! Written in simple and short sentences, children can easily read the story aloud.
Author: Sean Taylor
Publisher: Minneapolis; London: Andersen Press, 2013.
Call No.: JP TAY
Summary: Jump in and have fun with this hilarious book of robots, created by an award-winning author and artist. What can possibly happen when mum and dad decide to leave the care of their little girl to a group of robots? Everything seems fine until Clean-bot goes haywire when he sees the toy crocodile. Clean-bot slips and falls into Dress-Bot who crashes into other robots. Soon, the house becomes an uncontrollable mess. Read more to find out what happens next.
The Boy and the Toy
Author: Sonya Hartnett
Publisher: Camberwell, Vic.; New York: Penguin/Viking, 2010.
Call No.: JP HAR
Summary: An inventor makes his son the best toy in the world to keep him company while he goes away for work. It is a clever toy. It can move, sing and talk, and keeps good company. However, as days go by, the boy begins to wonder if the toy is really the best toy in the world. With beautiful illustrations and a simple storyline, this book will help young children understand what true friendship is all about.
Boy + Bot
Author: Ame Dyckman
Publisher: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Call No.: JP DYC
Summary: A simple and heart-warming story featuring a boy and his bot. The duo has a wonderful friendship. When the bot gets into trouble, the boy refuses to give up and takes care of him in the way he knows best, by feeding the bot with applesauce of course! What about Bot? When the boy falls asleep, Bot takes care of him by putting oil in his ears hoping that it will make him feel better. A wonderful story that teaches young children the importance of being there for one another.
The Robot Book
Author: Heather Brown
Publisher: Kansas City, Missouri: Accord Publishing, 2012.
Call No.: JP GAI
Summary: Cranks, nuts, wheels and spanners fill the inside of this book. The wordings in the book are shaped like gears, springs and nuts. Discover the different parts of a robot and find out what makes it tick.
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