Topic Books about Technology and Inventions for Children in KS2

Inventors Who Changed the World by Heidi Poelman

From the ranging curiosity of Leonardo da Vinci to the dedication and sacrifice of Marie Curie, Little Heroes: Inventors Who Changed the World is a young child's first introduction to the brilliant people who taught us the meaning of perseverance and innovation.

Inventions: A History of Key Inventions that Changed the World  by Adam Hart-Davis

If you've ever wondered why the pencil came into existence, or when we started using flushing toilets, then this book is for you. Based on seven key areas of invention; steam power, lighting, toilets, clocks, communication, bikes and flight.


Lift the Flap Engineering

by Rose Hall 

Engineering helps shape the world around us, from the houses and cities we live in, to the way we travel, and even the sound of the music we listen to. Lift the flaps in this fascinating book to discover how engineering works and the many things engineers do.

Look Inside How Computers Work by Alex Frith

Just what goes on behind the screen, beneath the keyboard and inside the electronic 'brain' of a computer? This colourful book has 70 flaps to lift to uncover what happens when a computer is switched on, how coding works and the story of the first computers.


See Inside: Inventions

by Alex Frith

This title tells the wonderful, mysterious and often funny stories behind famous inventions. Flaps reveal lovingly detailed artwork to show the hidden workings inside inventions. Carefully researched text explains the differences between discovery, invention and innovation, and how these three aspects unite.

Robot: Meet the Machines of the Future by DK

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence will increasingly become a part of daily life: from drones used in battle to robot helpers taking care of hospital patients. Robot explains how robots work, how they are made, and shows what the cutting-edge of technology looks like.


Mistakes that Worked

by Charlotte Jones 

Piggy banks, silly putty, potato chips and frisbees are all things that were invented by mistake! A fantastic book that is as informative as it is entertaining

125 Cool Inventions

by National Geographic Kids

The future is now! Super smart toilets, sweet dream machines, bread buttering toasters, and flying hotels – this fun and informative book gives curious kids the inside scoop on 125 amazing real inventions.


100 Inventions That Made History by DK

Get the inside story on the world's most incredible inventions that made history and transformed the way we live today. This fun-packed reference title charts the brilliant breakthroughs of great geniuses from ancient times through centuries of technological progress to today's modern era.

Inventions: A Children's Encyclopedia 

by DK

This stunning visual guide explores and explains the greatest inventions, ideas, and discoveries throughout the ages, from ancient civilisations to the digital revolution, and introduces their inventors.


A World of Discovery

by Richard Platt

Travel through the past and present and explore the amazing breakthroughs in science and technology that have changed our lives for ever. Discover fascinating facts and figures about space travel, the human body, time, the computer and much more.


Infographics: Technology

by Simon Rogers

Complex facts about technology are explained through stylish information graphics. Learn the history of computers from the abacus to the tablet, see inside a smartphone, check out the robots working all around the world, discover how 3D printing works, follow the steps of CGI!


An Illustrated Timeline of Inventions and Inventors

by Kremena Spengler 

Who invented what, and when did they do it? From the ancient Egyptians to Thomas Edison, from the telephone to the space shuttle, this book length timeline is packed with inventions and inventors. 

The Story of Inventions

by Anna Claybourne

From toilets, bread and blue jeans to aeroplanes, microwaves and computers, this title explains how, when and why the ingenious inventions that surround us were created. 


The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is - but she knows she needs to survive. A heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide.

Women in Science

by Rachel Ignotofsky 

A gloriously illustrated celebration of trailblazing women. Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, from both the ancient and modern worlds. 


Today's Technology

by Wayland Publishers

There are endless facts to learn about the technology we use every day, but once you've absorbed them, do you really know how your own gadgets work? Pore over the step-by-step infographic art and fascinating facts to uncover the dazzling truth behind technology.

Pioneers of Science and Technology by G Amson-Bradshaw 

Brilliant girls and boys everywhere will enjoy these stunningly illustrated stories. Each one introduces kids to women who have reached for the stars and stretched the boundaries of science, technology, and culture, changing the world along the way. Discover female innovators and inventors from past and present.

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Brilliant Ideas from Wonderful Women:15 incredible inventions from inspiring women!  by Aitziber Lopez 

Discover the stories behind 15 of the 20th century's key inventions in this fun and informative treasury of women, who each made a unique contribution to the history of science and technology.

How Things Work: Inside Out by National Geographic Kids

The stuff around us has some pretty cool insides that we don't usually get to see. Read along as we dissect, explore, and explain how things do what they do. Complete with exciting diagrams and illustrations, take a look at cell phones, 3D printers, lava lamps, skyscrapers, and everything in between.

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