Books About Inventors and Their Inventions

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Have your kids ever wondered about the stories behind some of the items they use every day? Who invented it? When was it invented? What was the inspiration for this new idea?

Not every inventor dedicates his/her entire life to the process of inventing. Many of the ideas for products we use every day came from people who identified a need and then sought a creative solution to meet that need. And, as some of these books will show, many inventions were actually mistakes!

Girls Think of Everything

Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh – Through the years women and girls have used their ingenious ideas to create products we know and use every day. Learn more about the women who brought us the flat-bottom paper-bag-folding machine, windshield wipers, the drip coffee machine, chocolate chip cookies, and more!

Mistakes That Worked Mistakes that Worked by Charlotte Jones – Sometimes mistakes can result in amazing discoveries! This book will introduce you to 40 inventions – including Silly Putty, Velcro, Frisbees, and more, and the very interesting stories of how they came to be a part of our lives.

Hooray for Inventors! Hooray For Inventors! by Marcia Williams – Using colorful drawings and a comic book style, this book will introduce you to more than 100 inventors and their inventions. In this fun book you will find information about everything from the printing press and the radio, to toothpaste tubes, teddy bears, and the personal computer.

Black Pioneers of Science and Invention

Black Pioneers of Science and Invention by Louis Haber – Read about the lives of 14 remarkable innovators in the fields of science and industry, including Garrett A. Morgan, Granville Woods, George Washington Carver and more!

The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle

The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle: And Other Surprising Stories about Inventions by Don L. Wulffson – This book include inventions from “animal crackers” to “zippers” and the interesting stories behind them. Brainstorm!: The Stories of Twenty American Kid Inventors Brainstorm!: The Stories of Twenty American Kid Inventors by Tom Tucker – A great book to inspire young Inventors!  Find stories of creative youth – some of whom actually held patents while still very young, while others took many years to gain support for their products.  The Epilogue even includes advice for young inventors.

10 Inventors Who Changed the World

10 Inventors Who Changed the World by Clive Gifford – Take a chronological look at inventors and their inventions, beginning with Archimedes and ending with Korolev, a rocket designer. Graphic novel style art will capture your children’s attention and interest. Thomas Edison: Young Inventor Thomas Edison: Young Inventor (Childhood of Famous Americans) by Sue Guthridge – With this chapter book your children can read about the childhood of Thomas Edison, one of the most prolific inventors of all time.

Great Inventors and Inventions

Great Inventors and Inventions (Dover History Coloring Book) by Bruce LaFontaine – This book includes 45 detailed drawing and captions of inventors and their inventions.

Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions

Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions: You Can Build Yourself (Build It Yourself) by Maxine Anderson – Hands-on learning activities will bring da Vinci’s inventions to life for your child!

About Susan Williams

As a veteran educator I am always looking for new ways to bring learning to life for my family. I enjoy traveling, sharing ideas with other moms, and helping my children explore the world around them. Our favorite subjects to study together are history, literature and geography. I blog about our educational adventures at Education Possible and I share literature related resources at World for Learning


  1. Definitely want to get ‘Girls Think of Everything’ for my 3 daughters! And ‘Mistakes That Worked’ looks good too. Thanks for this list 🙂

    • Yay Vanessa! I think the girls will really enjoy those – my favorite story is the one about the chocolate chip may have to “test” out different recipes to see which you like the best 🙂

  2. These are wonderful suggestions. I’m off to buy Girls Think of Everything for my very ingenious niece! Thanks for these lists. I do appreciate them.

    • Wonderful! Your niece should find a lot of inspiration!! So happy you enjoy the book lists, it is a fun way for us to share some of our family favorites.

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