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.

Ben Franklin’s Big Splash

Age: 5-9

In a beautifully-illustrated picture book, the author imagines how a teenage Ben Franklin may have come up with one of his first inventions: hand and foot flippers that he hoped would allow him to swim like a fish. The text emphasizes the importance of learning from mistakes and never giving up.

Available at indiebound.org, $16.95.

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—Emma Bland Smith