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.

The Most Magnificent Thing

Age: 4-8

A little girl (accompanied by her trusty canine assistant) decides to make “the most magnificent thing.” When, despite much planning, tinkering, and building, she just can’t get the thing to come out the way she’d envisioned it, she does what most kids would: She gets mad! And then… she tries again. And again. And again. Until she succeeds. A beautiful, entertaining ode to persistence and creativity.

Available at powells.com, $16.95.

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—Emma Bland Smith