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.

Hello Ruby, Adventures in Coding

Age: 5-8

Coding mania has swept the nation. But what is it exactly? This unconventional picture book uses the story of a girl trying to solve a puzzle left her by her dad to walk kids through the essentials of coding. The second half consists of 22 exercises related to coding, from Sequence to Data Structure to Putting It All Together.

Available at barnesandnoble.com, $12.73.

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—Emma Bland Smith