Skip to main content

Recommended For You


Shopping Cart

You're getting the VIP treatment!

Item(s) unavailable for purchase
Please review your cart. You can remove the unavailable item(s) now or we'll automatically remove it at Checkout.

How Things Work/Are Made

If you like How Things Work/Are Made eBooks, then you'll love these top picks.
Skip side bar filters
  • Video Games

    Design and Code Your Own Adventure

    by Kathy Ceceri ...
    Illustrated by Mike Crosier ...
    series Build It Yourself
    Catch a glimpse inside a school bus and you'll see lots of kids looking down. What are they doing? They're deciding on strategy, building cities, setting traps for monsters, sharing resources, and nurturing critical relationships.Over 90 percent of kids ages 2–17 play video games. In Video Games: Design and Code Your Own Adventure, young readers learn why games are so compelling and what ancient ... Read more

    $15.61 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Made on Earth

    What we wear. Where it comes from. Where it goes.

    by Wolfgang Korn ...
    Translated by Jen Calleja ...
    How does a piece of clothing end up in your wardrobe? Where does it come from, and where does it go? This is not just a story about manufacturing. This is a story about people, their livelihoods and their life expectations. This is the story of globalisation.Made on Earth follows the incredible journey of a red fleece manufactured in Bangladesh. From the initial order through to shipping, ... Read more

    $11.10 AUD

  • Make: Electronics

    Learning Through Discovery

    by Charles Platt ...
    "This is teaching at its best!"--Hans Camenzind, inventor of the 555 timer (the world's most successful integrated circuit), and author of Much Ado About Almost Nothing: Man's Encounter with the Electron ("A fabulous book: well written, well paced, fun, and informative. I also love the sense of humor. It's very good at disarming the fear. And it's gorgeous. I'll be recommending this ... Read more

    $29.91 AUD

  • Make: Lego and Arduino Projects

    Projects for extending MINDSTORMS NXT with open-source electronics

    Make amazing robots and gadgets with two of today’s hottest DIY technologies. With this easy-to-follow guide, you’ll learn how to build devices with Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0, the Arduino prototyping platform, and some add-on components to bridge the two. Mindstorms alone lets you create incredible gadgets. Bring in Arduino for some jaw-dropping functionality—and open a whole new world of ... Read more

    $33.54 AUD

  • Mistakes that Worked

    40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came to Be

    Illustrated by John O'Brien ...
    Popsicles, potato chips, Silly Putty, Velcro, and many other familiar things have fascinating stories behind them. In fact, dozens of products and everyday items had surprisingly haphazard beginnings. Mistakes That Worked offers forty of these unusual tales, along with hilarious cartoons and weird and amazing facts. Readers will be surprised and inspired! ... Read more

    $14.40 AUD

  • Explore Forces and Motion!

    With 25 Great Projects

    Illustrated by Bryan Stone ...
    series Explore Your World
    Everything moves! Kids run around the playground, cars drive on the road, and balls fly through the air. What causes all this motion? Physics! Forces and motion rule the way everything moves through space.In Explore Forces and Motion! With 25 Great Projects, readers ages 7 through 10 discover that the push and pull of every object on the planet and in space depends on how a force acts upon it. ... Read more

    $11.98 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Art of the Catapult

    Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery

    Whether playing at defending their own castle or simply chucking pumpkins over a fence, wannabe marauders and tinkerers will become fast acquainted with Ludgar, the War Wolf, Ill Neighbor, Cabulus, and the Wild Donkey-ancient artillery devices known commonly as catapults. Building these simple yet sophisticated machines introduces fundamentals of math and physics using levers, force, torsion, ... Read more

    $19.90 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • How a City Works

    by D. J. Ward ...
    Illustrated by Violet Lemay ...
    series Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2
    Read and find out about how cities work in this colorfully illustrated nonfiction picture book.Millions of people live in cities around the world, but have you ever wondered how cities work? All those people need clean water to drink, a safe place to live, and a way to get all around the city. How do you take care of all those people’s needs? Read and find out all about the systems a city has to ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • The A to Z of Everyday Things

    by Janice Weaver ...
    Illustrated by Francis Blake ...
    • Why are Americans superstitious about two-dollar bills?• Why do we have twelve months in a year instead of ten, or six, or even twenty?• Why do we celebrate foolishness on the first day of April?• Why is yawning contagious?• Why is the number thirteen considered to be unlucky in so many different cultures?The A to Z of Everyday Things tells the surprising stor... ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • Wind Power

    20 Projects to Make with Paper

    by Clive Dobson ...
    A beginner's guide to wind power and an invitation to experiment with wind and its potential as an energy source.Wind-powered generators are now used worldwide as a reliable source of "green" energy. How does wind create power? What is wind? What scientific characteristics make pinwheels, windmills and wind turbines spin? What makes them turn faster and more efficiently? Will we ever see a day ... Read more

    $11.98 AUD

  • From Seed to Strawberry

    by Mari Schuh ...
    series Start to Finish, Second Series
    How does a tiny seed grow into a sweet, juicy strawberry? Follow each step in the cycle—from planting seeds to eating yummy strawberries—in this fascinating book! Start to Finish titles help readers examine how things are made and teach sequential thinking skills and vocabulary. ... Read more

    $6.81 AUD

  • About Trains: Train History, Train Travel, Types of Trains, Railroad Jobs & More Fascinating Train Facts

    A "Quick Start Guide" for Learning All About Trains

    series "Quick Start Guide" Series
    "***UPDATED FOR 2019***Today you see trains carrying cargo and people all over the world. They are also used as efficient ways for people to commute to and from work instead of using the roadways. Looking at the efficiency of trains today, it is sometimes hard to imagine how different they were back in the 1800's. While many different inventors attempted to create a train in the last 1700's they ... Read more

    $7.41 AUD

  • Energy

    Physical Science for Kids

    by Andi Diehn ...
    Illustrated by Hui Li ...
    series Picture Book Science
    Energy***: Physical Science for Kids*** from the Picture Book Science series gets kids excited about science!Do you have a lot of energy? What else has energy? Just about everything that moves!When you feel like running, leaping, and singing, people might say you have a lot of energy. And you’re not the only one! Energy is the stuff that makes everything live and move. People, animals, plants—we ... Read more

    $10.44 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Let's Get Charged! (All About Electricity) : 5th Grade Science Series

    Fifth Grade Books Electricity for Kids

    series Children's Physics Books
    The purpose of this educational book is to teach your child the importance of electricity. However, unlike the school's official textbooks, this book contains just the right blend of text and images to facilitate self-paced learning. Use this book to complement classroom-based education. Make sure to grab your child a copy now! ... Read more

    $6.81 AUD

  • How Do Hot Air Balloons Work?

    series Lightning Bolt Books ® — How Flight Works
    Hot air balloons are huge and colorful. They're lots of fun to watch. But how do they fly? And how do people control where the hot air balloon goes? Read this book to find out! ... Read more

    $6.81 AUD

  • From Egg to Ladybug

    by Lisa Owings ...
    series Start to Finish, Second Series
    How does a small egg become a ladybug? Follow each step in the cycle—from a long golden egg lying on a leaf to a bright red insect—in this fascinating book! ... Read more

    $6.81 AUD

  • Timekeeping

    Explore the History and Science of Telling Time with 15 Projects

    Illustrated by Sam Carbaugh ...
    series Build It Yourself
    Timekeeping: Explore the History and Science of Telling Time travels through the past and into the future to explore how humans have measured the passage of time. From ancient civilization's earliest calendars and shadow clocks to GPS and the atomic clocks of today, kids will track the evolution of timekeeping devices, meet the inventors of calendars and clocks, and learn interesting facts and ... Read more

    $15.61 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Making Simple Robots

    Exploring Cutting-Edge Robotics with Everyday Stuff

    by Kathy Ceceri ...
    Making Simple Robots is based on one idea: Anybody can build a robot! That includes kids, school teachers, parents, and non-engineers. If you can knit, sew, or fold a flat piece of paper into a box, you can build a no-tech robotic part. If you can use a hot glue gun, you can learn to solder basic electronics into a low-tech robot that reacts to its environment. And if you can figure out how to use ... Read more

    $20.23 AUD

  • Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge

    Illustrated by Rachel Dougherty ...
    On a warm spring day in 1883, a woman rode across the Brooklyn Bridge with a rooster on her lap.It was the first trip across an engineering marvel that had taken nearly fourteen years to construct. The woman's husband was the chief engineer, and he knew all about the dangerous new technique involved. The woman insisted she learn as well.When he fell ill mid-construction, her knowledge came in ... Read more

    $15.94 AUD

  • Climate Change

    by Tom Jackson ...
    Illustrated by Cristina Guitian ...
    series What's the Issue?
    Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing our nations today—but what is it? Hasn’t it always been happening? What is making it worse? Why do some people deny its happening?The concept of climate change and all of its implications is discussed as part of the What's the Issue series. What's the Issue asks ‘what’s all the fuss about?’ It reviews what is at stake when we think about ... Read more

    $20.34 AUD

  • Blockchain for Babies

    series Baby University
    Fans of Chris Ferrie's Organic Chemistry for Babies**,** Rocket Science for Babies**, and** Quantum Physics for Babies will love this introduction to the technology behind Bitcoin for cryptologists of all ages!Help your future genius become the smartest baby in the room! It only takes a small spark to ignite a child's mind.Full of scientific information from notab... ... Read more

    $6.92 AUD

  • Make: Paper Inventions

    Machines that Move, Drawings that Light Up, and Wearables and Structures You Can Cut, Fold, and Roll

    by Kathy Ceceri ...
    Paper is incredible stuff. It's easy to cut, but incredibly strong. It's disposable, but can last for centuries. It can stand as stiff as a board, pop up like a spring, or float like a leaf. And its invention changed the world forever.Perfect for kids, parents, and educators, Paper Inventions is a project-based book with full color illustrations, step-by-step instructions, supply lists, and ... Read more

    $17.59 AUD

  • Forces

    Physical Science for Kids

    by Andi Diehn ...
    Illustrated by Hui Li ...
    series Picture Book Science
    Forces: Physical Science for Kids from the Picture Book Science series gets kids excited about science!**"Forces, despite its down-to-earth scientific grounding, manages to do the nearly impossible. Diehn brings gravity, magnetism, push-pull forces, and friction to life in everyday contexts, without a hint of schoolroom jargon." - Booklist (Starred Review)What keeps us stuck on the ground? What ... Read more

    $10.44 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • How to Be an Engineer

    Learn as you do in this hands-on engineering book for kids with Carol Vorderman.Being an engineer isn't just about wearing a hard hat and looking important while holding a clipboard! It's about looking at the world and trying to figure out how it works. As well as simple engineering projects for kids to try, DK's How to be an Engineer will teach them how to think like an engineer, including ... Read more

    $3.99 AUD