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.

Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur

Age: 8-12

Seventh-grader Billy Sure has a good thing going. He and his best friend came up with an amazing invention (the All-Ball: it can transform into soccer ball, tennis ball, football, volleyball, and basketball!), and now everyone at their school is treating them like celebrities. But Billy isn’t letting it go to his head. All he wants to do is come up with his next invention. Fast and funny, with a likeable protagonist, this middle grade series will be a good fit for kids ready to move on from early chapter books.

Available at simonandschuster.com, $5.59.

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—Emma Bland Smith