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.

11 Experiments that Failed

Age: 4-8

A curious girl tests hypotheses—and her family’s patience—with a series of experiments that fail hilariously. Each experiment consists of Question, Hypothesis, What You Need, What to Do, and What Happened, and they couldn’t be funnier. Examples: “Can a kid make it through the winter eating only snow and ketchup,” “Do dogs like to be covered in glitter?” and “Can a washing machine wash dishes?”

Available at amazon.com, $13.96.

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—Emma Bland Smith