Best Kids Books About Computers

16 Amazing Books for Your Child Who Loves Computers

Updated Apr. 9, 2019

Computers and technology are omnipresent today. Screens abound and with them frequent contact with our loved ones far away ("Hey Grammy!"), instantaneous access to information ("Yes, it looks like pelicans really do eat crabs!"), directions to new places and many more awesome opportunities. But they also bring with them dangers that we, as parents, are growing increasingly aware of. Is the solution to lock away all screens and return to a frontier lifestyle? Perhaps. But more likely it's simply to teach our children wise technology usage and model good behavior. Books can always help, so here are a few worth investigating as you encourage your children to be wise, unplug and use computers and technology to do awesome things (like code!) rather than just waste time. And don't worry, we threw in a few about computer history as well... because who doesn't love Ada Lovelace!?

When Charlie McButton Lost Power book
#1
When Charlie McButton Lost Power
Written by Suzanne Collins and illustrated by Mike Lester
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

I'm going to commit blasphemy here and say that Suzanne Collins' (of The Hunger Games' fame) rhyming in this book is on par with Dr. Seuss (only with fewer made up words)—it's seriously such a fun read-aloud that trips right off the tongue. Initially, the illustrations weren't my favorite, but after reading it several times, I think they add a delightful pizzazz and sense of chaos that really adds to the story. With the prevalence of technology, the message that relationships can be strengthened and fun had without turning to electronics is lovely.

Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

A wonderful book about unplugging and using your imagination and spending time with those you love! :) I didn't love the illustrations at first, but they've really grown on my and I think they, and the rest of this book, are so fun! I especially think all of the wording and rhyme is fantastic.

Charlie McButton likes computer games so much, he never plays with anything else. When a thunderstorm knocks out the electricity, his tech empire comes tumbling down, and his whole world loses power. Charlie needs batteries?FAST! But the only triple- A?s he can find are in his little sister?s talking doll. Will he resort to desperate measures and cause his sister to have a meltdown of her own? Or will he snap out of his computer craze long enough to realize his sister might be fun, even if she doesn?t come with batteries? Collins and Lester team up for a hilarious and timely tale that will crack up young computer addicts and those who love them!

Unplugged book
#2
Unplugged
Written and illustrated by Steve Antony
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This little robot, Blip, ends up getting unplugged during a blackout and tumbles her way outside, where she enjoys the outdoors and makes new friends. After a fun day, she goes back home and plugs back into the computer she loves, but misses being unplugged. I like that this book portrays the message of being unplugged without being preachy, and I loved that the illustrations are all black and white until Blip goes outside.

Meet Blip. Blip loves being plugged into her computer. When a blackout occurs, Blip trips over her wire and tumbles outside. Suddenly, Blip's gray world is filled with color and excitement. She plays with her new friends and has adventures all day long. When Blip finally returns home, she realizes that the world can be even brighter once you unplug.

How to Code a Sandcastle book
#3
How to Code a Sandcastle
Written by Josh Funk and illustrated by Sara Palacios
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

While this isn't one I'd enjoy reading over and over again at storytime, it is a delightful introduction to programming that both has a story that makes things relevant to children and includes some actual code and coding principles!

Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

A good introduction to programming concepts. A little tedious to read. Covers the idea of breaking down problems into solvable chunks, if/then/else statements and loops and sequences.

All summer, Pearl has been trying to build the perfect sandcastle, but out-of-control Frisbees and mischievous puppies keep getting in the way! Pearl and her robot friend Pascal have one last chance, and this time, they’re going to use code to get the job done. Using fundamental computer coding concepts like sequences and loops, Pearl and Pascal are able to break down their sandcastle problem into small, manageable steps. If they can create working code, this could turn out to be the best beach day ever! With renowned computer science nonprofit Girls Who Code, Josh Funk and Sara Palacios use humor, relatable situations, and bright artwork to introduce kids to the fun of coding.

Tek book
#4
Tek
Written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

This book comes shaped like an iPad. It's humorous and tells the story of Tek, a caveboy that's too interested in his computer, tablets and gameboys to go outside and play with his dino friends.

From a beloved, bestselling Caldecott Honor recipient comes a hilarious reminder of how technology can take us backward... all the way to the times of prehistoric man! Tek is a cave boy in love with tech: his tablet, videogames, phone, and TV keep him deep in his cave, glued to his devices, day in and day out. He never sees his friends or family anymore--and his ability to communicate has devolved to just one word: "UGH"! Can anyone in the village convince Tek to unplug and come outside into the big, beautiful world? A distinctive package and design cleverly evokes the experience of using an electronic device that eventually shuts down... and after a magic page turn, Tek (and the reader) reconnects with the real world.

Nerdy Birdy Tweets book
#5
Nerdy Birdy Tweets
Written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Matt Davies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Nerdy Birdy and his best friend, Vulture, are very different. Nerdy Birdy loves video games, but Vulture finds them BORING. Vulture loves snacking on dead things, but Nerdy Birdy finds that GROSS. Luckily, you don’t have to agree on everything to still be friends. One day, Nerdy Birdy joins Tweetster, and the friend requests start flying in. Vulture watches as Nerdy Birdy gets swept up in his new friendships, but when she finally gets angry, Nerdy Birdy knows just what to do to make things right.

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science book
#6
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science
Written by Diane Stanley and illustrated by Jessie Hartland
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"A fascinating look at Ada Lovelace, the pioneering computer programmer and the daughter of the poet Lord Byron." --

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine book
#7
Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
Written by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by April Chu, Laurie Wallmark
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Offers an illustrated telling of the story of Ada Byron Lovelace, from her early creative fascination with mathematics and science and her devastating bout with measles, to the ground-breaking algorithm she wrote for Charles Babbage's analytical engine.

Once Upon A Time... Online book
#8
Once Upon A Time... Online
Written by David Bedford and illustrated by Rosie Reeve
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Once upon a time, a laptop arrived in Fairy-tale land... A happily ever after is only a click away! Find out what happens when our favorite fairy-tale characters receive a laptop and learn a lesson in online safety. Once Upon a Time... Online is illustrated by Rose Reeve and written by David Bedford.

Chicken Clicking book
#9
Chicken Clicking
Written by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Tony Ross
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

A timely and cautionary tale about the perils of misusing the internet One night Chick hops onto the farmer's house and has a browse on his computer--CLICK--soon she's shopping online for the whole farm! But when she arranges to meet up with a friend she's made online, she discovers all is not as it seems. . . Little Red Riding Hood for the iPad generation, this is the perfect book for teaching children how to stay safe online.

Adi Sorts with Variables book
#10
Adi Sorts with Variables
Written by Caroline Karanja and illustrated by Ben William Whitehouse
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

It's time to clean Adi's room! If only a computer could do it for her! That gives Adi and her best friend Gabi an idea-think like a coder! These scientific thinkers put on their computer coding caps and make cleaning up a snap by sorting with variables!

Ada Lovelace book
#11
Ada Lovelace
Written by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Zafouko Yamamoto
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Ada Lovelace, the British mathematician and daughter of poet Lord Byron. New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, this inspiring and informative little biography follows the colourful life of Lord Byron’s daughter, from her early love of logic, to her plans for the world's first computer program. With stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!

Grace Hopper book
#12
Grace Hopper
Written by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by Katy Wu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

This is a children's book biography of Grace Hopper, who played a prominent role in the early days of computers.--

Adi's Perfect Patterns and Loops book
#13
Adi's Perfect Patterns and Loops
Written by Caroline Karanja and illustrated by Ben William Whitehouse
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Best friends Adi and Gabi love to play with Adi's toy train. Round and round it goes-choo choo! Watching it loop the track gives the girls an idea. These scientific thinkers use their computer coding knowledge to put the train to work!

ABCs of the Web book
#14
ABCs of the Web
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

This alphabet primer for the new technology generation—and its parents—brings essential coding words and concepts to young developers-in-training. Featuring beautiful modern tech illustrations and introducing the rich vocabulary of the web-design world through whimsical, geeky rhyme, this unique ABC picture book doubles as a fun and fascinating foray into the World Wide Web. Certain to amuse, inspire, and educate, it is the perfect fit for any web-creative parent or gift giver.

A Computer Called Katherine book
#15
A Computer Called Katherine
Written by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The inspiring true story of mathematician Katherine Johnson--made famous by the award-winning film Hidden Figures--who counted and computed her way to NASA and helped put a man on the moon! Katherine knew it was wrong that African Americans didn't have the same rights as others--as wrong as 5+5=12. She knew it was wrong that people thought women could only be teachers or nurses--as wrong as 10-5=3. And she proved everyone wrong by zooming ahead of her classmates, starting college at fifteen, and eventually joining NASA, where her calculations helped pioneer America's first manned flight into space, its first manned orbit of Earth, and the world's first trip to the moon! Award-winning author Suzanne Slade and debut artist Veronica Miller Jamison tell the story of a NASA "computer" in this smartly written, charmingly illustrated biography.

Gabi's If/Then Garden book
#16
Gabi's If/Then Garden
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Gabi's garden needs some help. Where to begin? Gabi and her best friend Adi use if/then statements to decide what to plant, what to water, and what to pick! These scientific thinkers find ways every day to use computer coding concepts to make work and play more fun!

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