Incredible Inventions

By Lee Bennett Hopkin
Greenwillow Books, 2009
ISBN: 0060872454
Ages 4-8

This collection of 16 illustrated poems about familiar inventions will enchant young children. Roller coasters, Band-aids, kitty litter, and traffic lights are all part of this whimsical celebration of creativity. A section with additional information and fun trivia about each invention is also included.

Mad Margaret Experiments with the Scientific Method

By Eric Braun
Picture Window Books, 2012
ISBN: 140487710X
Ages 5-8

It's rare to find a book on the scientific method designed for K-2 students. Science-loving Margaret follows the process to figure out the answer to Jasper's problem. A fun, easy-to-understand introduction to the method that is the foundation of modern science.

An Illustrated Timeline of Inventions and Inventors

By Kremena T. Spengler
Picture Window Books, 2011
ISBN: 1404870172
Ages 6-9

From the wheel to the telescope to the video game, this timeline is packed with inventions and inventors. With colorful cartoon illustrations and clear, simple text, this is an engaging introduction to the history of invention for younger children.

Inventions That Could Have Changed the World… But Didn't!

By Joe Rhatigan
Charlesbridge, 2015
ISBN: 1623540240
Ages 8-12

A bed that wakes you up by dumping you on the floor. A desktop printer that delivers odors along with pictures. A coat that doubles as a parachute. These real-life inventions had patents, but didn't become successful. Although some are definitely goofy, they also include failed inventions by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford that led to later innovations.

Mistakes That Worked

By harlotte Foltz Jones
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2016
ISBN: 0399552022
Ages 8-12

Silly Putty, Velcro, Post-It Notes, and chocolate chip cookies are among the 40 "accidental" inventions discussed in this book. These stories provide a reminder that mistakes are learning opportunities and may lead to unexpected results.

Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives

By Gene Barretta
Square Fish, 2017
ISBN: 1250114780
Ages 6-9

With comparisons and connections between past and present, this book provides an entertaining, informative introduction to origins of the technology that we use every day. Despite many failures, Edison persevered, and today it would be very difficult to go through a day without using one of his life-changing inventions. Two other recommended titles in this series are Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci and Now & Ben: The Timeless Inventions of Benjamin Franklin.

Kids Inventing! A Handbook for Young Inventors

By Susan Casey
Jossey-Bass, 2005
ISBN: 0471660868
Ages 10-

A manual for young people who see a problem and have an idea. . . Then what? In this book, all the steps of the design process are clearly set out and explained. Numerous stories of inventions developed by young scientists who responded to a need will inspire and motivate creative minds.

Toys! Amazing Stories Behind Great Inventions

By Don Wulffson
Square Fish, 2014
ISBN: 1250034094
Ages 9-12

Did you know the Slinky has been to outer space? Read the stories behind favorite toys from Legos to Play-Doh to Pokemon. Engaging text and lots of fun facts make this an appealing choice for 4-6 graders.