Discovery Corner Toy and Bookstore

The Lawrence Hall of Science has a fantastic array of exhibits that activate your curiosity about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). But what about when you're not here? The Hall offers a variety of ways to get your STEM fix at home, like apps and activities, as well as books. The Discovery Corner Store offers an incredible number of books, science kits, and toys, and takes online orders 24/7!

Our store’s selection of books—and more—is a carefully curated collection of fun and educational materials to engage kids and adults alike. We take great pains to make sure that everything we sell fits with our mission and subject matter, and appeals to our patrons.

Year round, our Discovery Corner staff keeps an ever-growing list of potential books to add to our shelves. We follow influential publications, like Scientific American, as well as trends in current research and STEM education. We’re looking for products with a great deal of appeal, from books by well-known authors, to ones that cover popular subject matter. The result is a library that reflects what our audience is most interested in reading.

For kids, we like to provide books that teach important topics, while also being fun. Books that focus on computer coding are a big growth area right now. Coding with Minecraft is a perfect example of teaching important skills while also emphasizing fun and creativity. Our selection of comics and graphic novels has also grown a great deal recently.

Below you’ll find just a taste of some of the great reading material on tap. We hope that you’ll come check out our exhibits, and continue to learn at home with these great resources.

Learn to Program with Minecraft

In this book, you’ll learn to use Python, a free language used by millions of professional and first-time programmers. Begin with some short, simple Python lessons and then use your new skills to modify Minecraft to produce instant and totally awesome results. Learn how to customize Minecraft to make mini-games, duplicate entire buildings, and turn boring blocks into gold.

365 Science Activities

If you’ve ever wondered why bread is full of holes, what your DNA looks like, or how to make a rainbow, then this inspiring book is for you. It’s overflowing with easy and exciting science experiments, so you can discover something new every day of the year.

Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth

This exceptional graphic novel follows the life and work of philosopher, mathematician, and Nobel laureate Bertrand Russell. His work had significant influence on the fields of math, philosophy, computer science, and others. He is perhaps best known for co-authoring Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work that attempted to lay out the logical foundations of mathematics.

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