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.

What Do You Do With an Idea?

Age: 5-8

Kids and adults alike will find inspiration in this beautiful picture book. A child has an idea, but doesn’t know quite what to do with it yet. The child waits, nurturing it along like a houseplant. As time passes, the idea grows and flourishes, until, at just the right moment, it breaks free, ready to go out into the world. Both this lovely number and its sequel, What Do You Do With a Problem?, are on the New York Times bestseller list.

Available at indiebound.org, $16.95.

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—Emma Bland Smith