Books for young inventors


If you get more interested in fostering invention in young people, you may want to give a list of suggestions on book purchases to your local public or school librarian. Here are the books that we suggest:

Blond, G. and Spivak, D. (1991). Inventions and extensions: High interest, Creative-thinking activities. Incentive Publications.

Caney, S. (1991). Steve Caney’s invention book. NY: Workman Publishing.

Casey, S. (2005). Kids Inventing! Handbook for young inventors. John Wiley & Sons.

Egan, L. H. (1997). Inventors and inventions. NY: Scholastic Professional Books.

Erlbach, A. (1997). The kids’ invention book. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publishing Group.

Giblin, J. C. (1987).
 From hand to mouth, Or, how we invented knives, forks, spoons, and chopsticks, & the table manners to go with them. NY: Harper Collins.

Harper, C. M. (2001). Imaginative Inventions: The who, what, where, when, and why of roller skates, potato chips, marbles, and pie and more! London, England: Little, Brown, & Co.

Jones, C. F. (1998). Accidents may happen: Fifty inventions discovered by mistake. NY: Delacorte Press.

Jones, C. F. (1991). Mistakes that worked: 40 Familiar inventions and How they came to be. NY: Delacorte Press.

McCormack, A. J. (1981). Inventors workshop. Belmont, CA: Pitman Learning.

Ott, M. V. and Swanson, G. M. (1994). I’ve got an idea! The story of Frederick McKinley Jones. Minneapolis, MN: Runestone Press.

Roberts, R. M. (1989). Serendipity: Accidental discoveries in science. NY: John Wiley & Sons.

Royston, M. & Roberts, J. (1994). Lucky science: Accidental discoveries from gravity to velcro, with experiments. NY: John Wiley & Sons.

Thimmesh, C. (2000). Girls think of everything: Stories of ingenious inventions by women. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Tucker, T. and Loehle, R. (1995). Brainstorm! The stories of twenty American kid inventors. NY: Farrar Straus & Giroux.

Shlesinger, Jr., B. E. (1987a). A test for teachers and students. NY: Plenum Books. (search for this as a used book ISBN 0-306-65210-2)

Schlesinger, Jr., E.B. (1982). An untapped resource of inventors: Gifted and talented children. The Elementary School Journal, 82(3), 215-220.

Wuffson, D. L. (1997). The kid who invented the popsicle and other inspiring stories about inventions. NY: Cobblehill Books.

Zhensun, Z. and Low, A. (1991). A young painter: The life and paintings of Wang Yani—China’s extraordinary young artist. NY: Scholastic.

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