Is time travel possible? Perhaps time machines haven’t been invented yet, but we’ve got the next best thing: books, the ultimate time machines. Pick up one of these time-travelling books and share the magic of science and the past!
Oh No! Not Again! by Mac Barnett
In Oh No! (2010), Barnett and Santat introduced an overachieving student whose science-fair robot terrorizes the city in hilarious B-movie fashion. Our super smart scholar is back, this time applying her errant brilliance to the past. To correct the only incorrect answer on her history test, she constructs a time machine and travels back in time, forging a prehistoric cave painting to make world history conform to her mistake.
Alex and the Amazing Time Machine by Rich Cohen
Ten-year-old Alex Trumble loves to learn about new ideas through old books, and he frequently contemplates time travel. After two men nearly kidnap him and successfully nab his older brother, Alex builds a time-travel machine to go back in time and foil the villains. He uses equations he finds in an old book at the public library, mirrors, a laser pointer, his iPod, and an acceleration device put together by a street mechanic named Psycho.
The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens by Henry Clark
Twelve-year-olds Ambrose, Tom, and Frankie are transported to the boys' hometown of Freedom Falls, Ohio, in 1852 when Frankie blows her Romani family's magical trombone, and to return home they'll have to use both Morse code and the ancient form of divination known as the I-ching.
Time Traveling With A Hamster by Ross Welford
In a time-travel tale that combines adventure with brain-bending cosmic and philosophical propositions, Albert Einstein Hawking Chaudhury, 12, receives letters from his long-dead father that lead him to a homemade time machine and back to 1984 to prevent events that led to his dad's demise. This entails much guilty sneaking out at night and repeated trips back and forth in time as Al manages to leave both his hamster and his smartphone behind.
Once Was A Time by Leila Sales
In the war-ravaged England of 1940, Charlotte Bromley is sure of only one thing: Kitty McLaughlin is her best friend in the whole world. But when Charlotte's scientist father makes an astonishing discovery that the Germans will covet for themselves, Charlotte is faced with an impossible choice between danger and safety. Should she remain with her friend or journey to another time and place? Written in the spirit of classic time-travel tales, this book is an imaginative and heartfelt tribute to the unbreakable ties of friendship.
The Lincoln Project by Dan Gutman
In Dan Gutman's all-new series, which blends fascinating real history with an action-packed and hilarious adventure, four very different kids are picked by a mysterious billionaire to travel through time and photograph some of history's most important events. This time, the four friends are headed to 1863 to catch Abraham Lincoln delivering his famous Gettysburg Address. They'll have to work together to ask the right questions, meet the right people, and capture the right moment. And most important—not get caught!
After reading about time travel, try your hand at making your own time machine. This craft from PBS Kidsopens a new window will get you started. Have fun inventing and imagining new worlds!