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.

If I Built a Car

Age: 3-10

Driving along with his dad through an iconic, ironic 1950s-era suburban neighborhood, a boy imagines the dream car he’d like to build. The rollicking rhyme and outrageous imagery are an unmistakable tribute to Dr. Seuss (particularly in works like And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street or If I Ran the Circus).

Available at barnesandnoble.com, $7.99.

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—Emma Bland Smith