Best Kids Books About Inventions

51 Kids Books About Inventions

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Rosie Revere, Engineer book
#1
Rosie Revere, Engineer
Written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal—to fly—Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true. But when her contraption doesn’t fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie’s contraption was a raging success: you can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit. From the powerhouse author-illustrator team of Iggy Peck, Architect comes Rosie Revere, Engineer, another charming, witty picture book about believing in yourself and pursuing your passion. Ada Twist, Scientist, the companion picture book featuring the next kid from Iggy Peck's class, is available in September 2016.

Papa's Mechanical Fish book
#2
Papa's Mechanical Fish
Written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Boris Kulikov
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In the summer of 1851, with encouragement and ideas provided by his family, an inventor builds a working submarine and takes his family for a ride. Includes notes about Lodner Phillips, the real inventor on whom the story is based.

Henry's Bright Idea book
#3
Henry's Bright Idea
Written by Lauren Bradshaw and illustrated by Wednesday Kirwan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Deep in the shade of a walnut grove stands a tall tree house. A delightful group of friends gathers here. They call themselves the Walnut Animal Society. Their mission is to create and to always remain curious. Henry the Fox is a knowledgeable fellow, known for his unique inventions. Margaux the Kitty’s many books are filled with stories and poems she’s written. Ruthie the Deer loves to dance like the butterflies that flutter outside. The collection of ropes and fishing poles belongs to adventurous Chester the Raccoon. Magnolia the Bunny makes maps of the places she’s explored beyond the walnut grove. And Eleanor the Bear gathers flowers and plants to make tea for her friends. Henry is a founding member of the Walnut Animal Society, an inventor and a tinkerer. Today Henry is not inventing or tinkering. Henry has lost his idea. Follow Henry and his friend Eleanor as they search for Henry’s lost idea and discover much more in this charming picture book, the first in a series of titles, reminiscent of such classics as Winnie the Pooh, and illustrated in a rich, vintage palette.

Norton and Alpha book
#4
Norton and Alpha
Written and illustrated by Kristyna Litten
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-7

Battered wheels, rusty cogs, broken springs: Norton, an adorable robot, collects this junk and uses it to create amazing inventions. But one day he and his dog Alpha find something they ve never seen before: a flower! At first, they re baffled . . . but when a seed blossoms into a flowery field, the two discover the true magic of nature. Includes a big, stunning gatefold!"

How to Catch the Easter Bunny book
#5
How to Catch the Easter Bunny
Written by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Is this the year you'll be able to catch the Easter bunny in action? Start an Easter tradition with this fun and funny children's book, from the New York Times bestselling creators of How to Catch a Leprechaun! "I've been working long and hard with all my peeps and crew. We've made the eggs, and now I'm here to bring them all to you!"

Electric Ben book
#6
Electric Ben
Written and illustrated by Robert Byrd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A true Renaissance man, Benjamin Franklin was the first American celebrity. In pictures and text, master artist Robert Byrd documents Franklin’s numerous and diverse accomplishments, from framing the Constitution to creating bifocals. The witty, wise, and endlessly curious Franklin is the perfect subject for Byrd’s lively style and vibrant art. The pages pulse with facts, quotes, and captions, while the inventive design and intricately detailed illustrations make a striking tribute to the brilliant American.

Andrew Henry's Meadow book
#7
Andrew Henry's Meadow
Written and illustrated by Doris Burn
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A classic reissued for a new generation Andrew Henry has two younger brothers, who are always together, and two older sisters, who are always together. But Andrew Henry is in the middle–and he’s always with himself. He doesn’t mind this very much, because he’s an inventor. But when Andrew Henry’s family doesn’t appreciate him or his inventions, he decides it’s time to run away. Many children in the neighborhood feel the same way and follow him to his meadow, where he builds each of his friends a unique house of their very own. But in town the families miss their children and do everything they can to find them. And the kids realize that it feels a little lonely out in the meadow without their parents. Just as relevant today as it was in 1967, this is a heart-warming story about children who want to feel special and appreciated for who they are. With a new jacket and expanded trim size, Andrew Henry is ready to enchant the next generation of kids.

The Story of Chopsticks: Amazing Chinese Inventions book
#8
The Story of Chopsticks: Amazing Chinese Inventions
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Enjoy the first adventure in this colorful series of how the Kang brothers discovered some of China's most amazing inventions! Poor Kùai! The youngest boy in the Kang family never gets enough to eat. One day he comes up with a brilliant plan: he will use sticks to grab the food when it's too hot to touch. What will his family think? Then comes a big wedding the entire village will attend... with a delicious feast to mark the occasion. Along with presents, Kùai sneaks in his sticks. Now will Kùai be in the biggest trouble of his life?

How to Build a Hug book
#9
How to Build a Hug
Written by Jacqueline Tourville, Amy Guglielmo and illustrated by Giselle Potter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Amy Guglielmo, Jacqueline Tourville, and Giselle Potter come together to tell the inspiring story of autism advocate Dr. Temple Grandin and her brilliant invention: the hug machine. As a young girl, Temple Grandin loved folding paper kites, making obstacle courses, and building lean-tos. But she really didn’t like hugs. Temple wanted to be held—but to her, hugs felt like being stuffed inside the scratchiest sock in the world; like a tidal wave of dentist drills, sandpaper, and awful cologne, coming at her all at once. Would she ever get to enjoy the comfort of a hug? Then one day, Temple had an idea. If she couldn’t receive a hug, she would make one…she would build a hug machine!

If You Had a Jetpack book
#10
If You Had a Jetpack
Written by Lisl Detlefsen and illustrated by Linzie Hunter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Having a jetpack is fun—if you know what to do with one. If you had a jetpack, you could: * Teach your brother how to build one too. * Demonstrate its usefulness at Show and Share Time at school. * Give your principal a ride home. * Fly south to visit your nana. * Visit the astronauts on the space station and help with anything that needed fixing. Join one inventive little rabbit as he and his brother put their new jetpack to good use!

I Am Albert Einstein book
#11
I Am Albert Einstein
Written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Presents the life of the world-renowned German scientist, describing how his life-long curiosity and ability to question accepted theories led him to develop his famous theory of relatvitiy and win the Noble Prize for Physics.

Tomo Takes Flight book
#12
Tomo Takes Flight
Written and illustrated by Trevor Lai
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Best friends Tomo and Maya discover a drawing of a magnificent Flying Machine in their adventure journal. With engineering know-how and determination, Tomo decides to build it himself and explore the skies! But no matter how many times he tries, the machine just won’t work…until they spot a rare bird whose nest has fallen. By studying the bird’s wings, Tomo and Maya know just what they need to take flight! Once aloft, Tomo is able to help the bird find a new perch for its nest. In this sequel to Tomo Explores the World, the friends learn that sometimes it takes a perseverance and observation to truly soar. Perfect for young makers and animal lovers, Tomo Takes Flight is a fun and inspiring story that emphasizes creativity and imagination to achieve your goals.

Melia and Jo book
#13
Melia and Jo
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Oxley, Billy Aronson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Melia is scientific and loves to create things in her backyard laboratory, but something is missing. Her inventions just aren’t quite right. Enter Jo, her new friend with an artistic spirit. When you add the arts to sciences, something magical happens! This whimsically illustrated picture book is the perfect introduction to the benefits of STEAM-focused curriculum.

Steampunk Alphabet book
#14
Steampunk Alphabet
Written and illustrated by Nat Iwata
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Presents a Steampunk-themed, rhyming alphabet book that augments familiar alphabetized words with Steampunk details.

The Discovery of Ramen book
#15
The Discovery of Ramen
Written by Oliver Chin, Phil Amara and illustrated by Juan Calle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Dao is an adorable red panda who can travel back in time and place! Two curious kids Ethan and Emma befriend him and together they discover how some very cool things came from Asia. In their first adventure, Ethan and Emma smell a tasty bowl of ramen noodles. Luckily Dao is the perfect guide to see how ramen was created! The trio zip to 1800s Japan, then skip across the decades to visit ramen factories, museums, and restaurants. Hungry for knowledge, they travel across the world and even zoom to outer space! Ramen has never been more popular. Dynamic art brings food alive and off the page to the point where your mouth will water. After savoring this tasty tale, get ready to discover more marvelous inventions from The Asian Hall of Fame!

Mary Had a Little Lab book
#16
Mary Had a Little Lab
Written by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Petros Bouloubasis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Mary is an enterprising young inventor. She wants a pet, but it isn’t one she can easily buy…so she makes one with the Sheepinator! Mary’s pet sheep and her new invention make her popular with her classmates. But when she starts making sheep for her new friends, things go hilariously awry. Can Mary invent a way to fix this mess?

Pout-Pout Fish Wipe Clean Dot to Dot book
#17
Pout-Pout Fish Wipe Clean Dot to Dot
Written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Hanna
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

This fin-tastic activity book has pages of dot-to-dot picture puzzles and games to complete with the lovable Mr. Fish and other Pout-Pout Fish characters. Starting with simple line practice, and progressing from puzzle paths to tracing objects, young learners can have fun with Mr. Fish and all of his friends. Comes with wipe-clean pages and a special wipe-clean pen for Pout-Pout Fish fun time and time again!

The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell book
#18
The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell
Written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Gerard DuBois
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Joey Cornell collected everything — anything that sparked his imagination or delighted his eye. His collection grew and grew until he realized that certain pieces just looked right together. He assembled his doodads to create wonderful, magical creations out of once ordinary objects. Perfect for introducing art to kids, here’s an imaginative and engaging book based on the childhood of great American artist Joseph Cornell, told by master picture book author Candace Fleming and lauded illustrator Gérard DuBois.

Marie Curie book
#19
Marie Curie
Written and illustrated by Demi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Celebrated author and artist Demi beautifully portrays the life and story of Marie Curie, the revolutionary scientist and winner of two Nobel Prizes. Maria Salomea Sklodowaska was born on November 7, 1867. Her family called her Manya, but the world would remember her by another name: Marie Curie, one of the greatest scientists who ever lived. In a time when few women attended college, Marie earned degrees in physics and mathematics and went on to discover two elements: radium and polonium. She also invented a new word along the way: radioactive. This book celebrates her momentous achievements while also educating its readers about her scientific accomplishments and their implications.

The Superhero Project book
#20
The Superhero Project
Written by Rachel Ruiz and illustrated by Steve May
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Second-grader Harry, who loves superheroes and thinks he knows all about them, misunderstands a school assignment and presents a new a superhero invention to his class.

The Recess Bully book
#21
The Recess Bully
Written by Rachel Ruiz and illustrated by Steve May
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

The new student in Harry's second grade class is ruining recess by being a bully--can one of Harry's superhero inventions help him befriend the bully and save recess?

The Runaway Robot book
#22
The Runaway Robot
Written by Rachel Ruiz and illustrated by Steve May
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Harry's latest invention--a Superhero Robot programmed to do chores--malfunctions, and the robot goes out of control, creating chaos at school.

The Wild Field Trip book
#23
The Wild Field Trip
Written by Rachel Ruiz and illustrated by Steve May
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

While on a school field trip to the zoo, Harry accidentally allows the monkeys to escape their habitat, and he thinks he can fix the mess using one of his superhero inventions.

The Dreamer book
#24
The Dreamer
Written and illustrated by Il Sung Na
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Once, there was a pig who admired birds. But he could never join them. Or could he? Thus begins the journey of a pig with big dreams, and the perseverance to make them come true. He develops flight plans, builds experimental contraptions, and has far-flung adventures, but at the end of the day, his favorite thing to do is still to sit and watch for those he loves best: the birds. Il Sung Na creates a world at once whimsical and aspirational, where anything is possible and, yes, even pigs can learn to fly.

50 Wacky Inventions Throughout History book
#25
50 Wacky Inventions Throughout History
Written by Joe Rhatigan and illustrated by Celeste Aires
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-11

With 50 Wacky Inventions Throughout History, history has never been so fun--or wacky! Have you ever heard of a bike TV? Or a bird diaper? 50 Wacky Inventions Throughout History describes 50 inventions that seem too crazy to be true--but are! Whether useful, entertaining, or just plain silly, these mind-boggling inventions and gadgets from yesterday, today, and tomorrow will surprise and delight fun-fact lovers of all ages.

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