A Few of My Kids’ Favorite Robot, STEM, Dinosaurs, Bedtime, and On-the-go Books

Every so often, I’m struck by the continued love and loyalty my sons feel toward a certain book or toy (or theme) and I thought I’d share some of their favourite books (with a couple toys) within certain themes because this may give you gift ideas for a little one in your life.

As always, Amazon.co.uk links are affiliate links. I made £26 in 2019 from this and I used that money to buy books for my sons for Christmas. The items listed here are ones we have given or received in the past and loved -or- things under our tree for Christmas this year. If the exact item wasn’t online, I chose the closest equivalent (that only happened for two things though). 



My seven-year-old has loved robots since he was two. Ever robot, he’d point and grin. Now, he points and tells us about robotics, but the passion is still there. Here are some of the things we’ve collected over the years to fuel his interest without overwhelming him with something he’s not ready for. You can see these are different levels. I actually have a robot building kit in my closet for this summer.

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The Robot Book of Sudoku for Kids

Everything Robotics

Robots Robots Everywhere

Sam and the Robots

Magnetic Robot Set



The love of robots carries over to engineering, math, and science as well, so I try to have books that show him what can be done in these fields in a youthful way, but also the books about mistakes show him that it’s ok because it’s part of learning.

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Feel The Force: Pop-up Physics Fun

Codes, Ciphers, Secret Writing

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

Usbourne First Sticker Book: Space


The Great Irish Science Book by Luke O’Neill

101 Great Science Experiments by Neil Ardley

Lift the Flap Periodic Table

See Inside Inventions

Mistakes that Worked

Iggy Peck, Architect 

Violet the Pilot

Wooden Gears and Cogs Board Set

MagFormers Magnetic Building Set

Snap Circuits Jr. – SC-100


My older son is seriously interested in dinosaurs, something most parents experience at some point. There are many wonderful books, but his ultimate favourite would be anything by Dr. Ben Garrod. I’ve also included dinosaur books that are less scientific.

Dinosaur books my kids love - a list from a mom blogger at evinok.com

Any dinosaur or evolutionary biology book by Dr. Ben Garrod

I Dreamt I Was A Dinosaur (Board Book)

Stories of Dinosaurs

Search and Find: Dinosaurs

World of Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs Love Underpants

Help! My Dinosaurs are Lost in the City!

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs BOOK

18 Piece Dinosaurs In Tub

The Dinosaur’s Diary

Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers about Dinosaurs

Ten Little Dinosaurs Board Book


Bedtime Stories

Now, for general favourites and bedtime stories that are always in rotation, these are the ones we love. Some were special gifts from Godparents, while others are childhood favourites we’ve tracked down second-hand. And a couple were souvenirs from business trips.

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Toby and His Big Red Satchel

No Bath Tonight

Transformers Rescue Bots: Meet Blades the Copter Bot

Transformers Rescue Bots: Bots’ Best Friend

Freddy Buttons

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

The World of Peter Rabbit (The Original Peter Rabbit books 1-23) by Beatrix Potter

Goodnight Moon

Dragons Love Tacos

Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel

There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie


Room on the Broom

Dora Storybook Collection (hands-down my three-year-old’s fave book this year)


On The Go

Now, this isn’t a specific thing so much as an approach. I always keep this or something like it in my purse so if we’re waiting someplace or dining out, the boys can be occupied. Boredom is the enemy! I hate to call the activity books ‘distractions’ because it really is more like ‘engagers’ helping them channel their brain energy into something.

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My First Crossword Puzzle Book

On the Go Mazes

Lacing Sets

Multi-color pen


Scrap paper


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What are some of your favourite books for kids? Do you have a ‘go bag’ to occupy the kids when you dine out?

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