Kids love to dream about becoming inventors. After all, tinkering and creativity come naturally to them. These picture and chapter books revel in the magic of creations and innovation while illuminating the other processes that are critical for success: curiosity, imagination, problem solving, and most of all, persistence. Flip through the album below to discover 13 stories that’ll get their gears spinning.

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Age: 4-8

This best-selling book about a little girl with big dreams has spawned several equally fun sequels (Iggy Peck, Architect and Ada Twist, Scientist). The illustrations support the theme with a blocky font and grid background, and the bouncy rhyme begs to be read aloud. The awesome hook here is that Rosie is the descendent of the famous Rosie the Riveter and is determined to follow in her grandmother’s groundbreaking footsteps.

Available at amazon.com, $10.59.

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—Emma Bland Smith