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Books for Budding Engineers

Do you have a budding engineer in the family? Here is a list with some of our favourite books for introducing children to engineering and STEM.

Do you have a budding engineer in the family? Here is a list with some of our favourite books for introducing children to engineering and STEM and also inspiring engineering books for teenagers and young people. This list is not extensive and there are many more fantastic books out there but these are definitely some of our favourites:

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Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvelous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World; by Mark Miodownik

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life; by Helen Czerski

Rosie Revere, Engineer; by Andrea Beaty

Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers; by Andrea Beaty

Detective Dot; by Sophie Deen

Iggy Peck, Architect; by Andrea Beaty

Ada Twist, Scientist; by Andrea Beaty

The Most Magnificent Thing; by Ashley Spires

My mummy is an engineer; by Kerrine Bryan, Jason Bryan, Marissa Peguinho

Super Cool Scientists; by Sara MacSorley, Yvonne Page

Mr Shaha's Recipes for Wonder: adventures in science round the kitchen table; by Alom Shaha

A Lab of One's Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War: by Patricia Sara

Built: The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures: by Roma Agrawal

Science and the City: The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis: by Laurie Winkless

A Beginner's Guide to Electricity and Magnetism; by Gill Arbuthnott

Things Explainer; by Randall Munroe

The 14th Goldfish; by Jennifer L. Holm

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World; by Rachel Ignotofsky

What if? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions; by Randall Munroe

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science And the World by Rachel Swaby

Self-Destructing Science Space: A tearing, folding, cutting, experimneting and scribbling book; by Isabel Thomas

What Colour is my World: The Lost History of African American Inventors by Kareem Abdul - Jabbar

Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements; by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

The Manga Guide to Biochemistry: by Masaharu Takemura, Kikuyaro, Office Sawa

The Manga Guide to Electricity:by Kazuhiro Fujitaki, Matsuda, Trend-Pro Co Ltd

The Manga Guide to Statistics: by Shin Takahashi, Trend-Pro Co Ltd

The Manga Guide to Physics: by Hiddeo Nitta, Keita Takatsu, Trend-Pro Co Ltd

Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists; by Mario Livio

The Design of Everyday Things; by Donald A. Norman

Rube Goldberg: Inventions; by Maynard Frank Wolfe

The New Way Things Work; by David Macaulay

Things Come Apart; by Todd McLellan

Girls think of Everything; by Catherine Thimmesh, Melissa Sweet

Inferior: The true power of women and the science to show it; by Angela Saini

How to be an Explorer of the World; by Keri Smith

Ada Byron Lovelace and The Thinking Machine; by Laurie Wallmark 

Engineering for Every Kid: Easy Activities that Make Learning Science Fun; by Janice VanCleave

Making Things Talk: Practical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects; by Tom Igoe

Why Buildings Stand Up: Strength of Architecture from the Pyramids to the Skyscraper; by Mario Salvadori

Why Things Break: Understanding the World by the Way it Comes Apart; by Mark Eberhart

Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down; by J.E. Gordon

Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing; by Henry Petroski

Why Buildings Fall Down: Why Structures Fail; by Matthys Levy, Mario Salvadori and Kevin Woest

Engineering A beginners guide; by Natasha McCarthy

How Engineers Create the World; by William Hammack

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer: by Diane Stanley, Jessie Hartland

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers who Change the World: by Rachel Ignotofsky

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: by Elena Favilli

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World: by Kate Pankhurst

Engineering Activity Book: by Jenny Jacoby

Technology Activity Book: by Jenny Jacoby

Science Activity Book: by Jenny Jacoby

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes: by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein

Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding: by Linda Liukas

Peg and Cat: The Pizza Problem: by Jennifer Oxley

Peg and Cat: The Race Car Problem: by Billy Aronson and Jennifer Oxley

My name is not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream: by Jennifer Fosberry

Margaret and the Moon: by Dean Robbins and Lucy Knisley

Bicycles, Airships and Things that Go: by Bernie McAllister 

Malala's Magic Pencil: by Malala Yousafzai

Interstellar Cinderella: by Deborah Underwood

The Time and Space of Uncle Albert: by Russell Stannard

Uncle Albert and the Quantum Quest: by Russell Stannard