10 Great Books To Inspire Young Inventors

Almost every child has at least once come to us (parents) with what they feel is the next most amazing invention of all time and we should do our best to nurture and encourage that creativity.

Below you will find a list we have put together to provide you with the best books to make sure the little inventors in our home continue to be inspired and unleash their full potential.

Without further ado, let’s dive into it!

Spectacular Stories for Curious Kids – Rated 4.6 Stars

About this book: “Each page is dripping with captivating tales from history and scientific wonders, all of which have been specifically curated and written for young readers.

The purpose of this book is to fascinate but also to empower and uplift.

These 100 stories filling over 280 pages will inspire awe and fascination in both reluctant readers as well as budding aficionados of the written word.”

Mistakes That Worked – Rated 4.7 Stars

About this book: “The greatest discoveries are made outside the classroom! Learn all about mistakes that changed the world with this collection of the strange stories behind everyday inventions! It’s no accident that you’ll love this book!”

Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women – Rated 4.12 Stars

About this book: “In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, and even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Their creations are some of the most enduring (the windshield wiper) and best loved (the chocolate chip cookie). What inspired these women, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities?

Features women inventors Ruth Wakefield, Mary Anderson, Stephanie Kwolek, Bette Nesmith Graham, Patsy O. Sherman, Ann Moore, Grace Murray Hopper, Margaret E. Knight, Jeanne Lee Crews, and Valerie L. Thomas, as well as young inventors ten-year-old Becky Schroeder and eleven-year-old Alexia Abernathy.”

Who Were the Wright Brothers? – Rated 4.26 Stars

About this book: “As young boys, Orville and Wilbur Wright loved all things mechanical. 

As young men, they gained invaluable skills essential for their success by working with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and any sort of machinery they could get their hands on. 

As adults, the brothers worked together to invent, build, and fly the world’s first successful airplane.

This is the fascinating story of the two inventors and aviation pioneers who never lost sight of their dream: to fly, and to soar higher!”

Who Was Nikola Tesla? – Rated 4.31 Stars

About this book: “Get ready for the electrifying biography of Nikola Tesla–part creative genius, part mad scientist, and 100% innovator.

When Nikola Tesla arrived in the United States in 1884, he didn’t have much money, but he did have a letter of introduction to renowned inventor Thomas Edison. The working relationship between the two men was short-lived, though, and the two scientist-inventors became harsh competitors. One of the most influential scientists of all time, Nikola Tesla is celebrated for his experiments in electricity, X-rays, remote controls, and wireless communications. His invention of the Tesla coil was instrumental in the development of radio technology.”

Who Was Thomas Alva Edison? – Rated 4.16 Stars

About this book: “One day in 1882, Thomas Edison flipped a switch that lit up lower Manhattan with incandescent light and changed the way people live ever after.

The electric light bulb was only one of the thousands of Edison’s inventions, which include the phonograph and the kinetoscope, an early precursor to the movie camera.

As a boy, observing a robin catch a worm and then take flight, he fed a playmate a mixture of worms and water to see if she could fly! Here’s an accessible, appealing biography with 100 black-and-white illustrations.”

Who Was Alexander Graham Bell? – Rated 4.18 Stars

About this book: “Did you know that Bell’s amazing invention–the telephone–stemmed from his work on teaching the deaf? Both his mother and wife were deaf. Or, did you know that in later years he refused to have a telephone in his study? Bell’s story will fascinate young readers interested in the early history of modern technology!”

Who Was Marie Curie? – Rated 4.29 Stars

About this book: “Born in Warsaw, Poland, on November 7, 1867, Marie Curie was forbidden to attend the male-only University of Warsaw, so she enrolled at the Sorbonne in Paris to study physics and mathematics. There she met a professor named Pierre Curie, and the two soon married, forming one of the most famous scientific partnerships in history. Together they discovered two elements and won a Nobel Prize in 1903. (Later Marie won another Nobel award for chemistry in 1911.) She died in Savoy, France, on July 4, 1934, a victim of many years of exposure to toxic radiation.”

The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth – Rated 3.91 Stars

About this book: “An inspiring true story of a boy genius.

Plowing a potato field in 1920, a 14-year-old farm boy from Idaho saw in the parallel rows of overturned earth a way to “make pictures fly through the air.” This boy was not a magician; he was a scientific genius and just eight years later he made his brainstorming in the potato field a reality by transmitting the world’s first television image. This fascinating picture-book biography of Philo Farnsworth covers his early interest in machines and electricity, leading up to how he put it all together in one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. The author’s afterword discusses the lawsuit Farnsworth waged and won against RCA when his high school science teacher testified that Philo’s invention of the television was years before RCA’s.”

Who Is Bill Gates? – Rated 4.25 Stars

About this book: “Bill Gates, born in Seattle, Washington, in 1955, is an American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and author.

In this Who Was…? biography, children will learn of Gates’ childhood passion for computer technology, which led him to revolutionize personal computers. Through the success of his now-world-famous software company, Microsoft, Bill Gates became one of the wealthiest philanthropists in history.

This fascinating story of a child technology genius is sure to captivate all audiences!”

Elena Jones

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