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Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Clink

By: Kelly DiPucchio

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Clink is a robot that used to be state of the art; now he's outdated and missing parts. Nobody...

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From the Good Mountain: How Gutenberg Changed the World

By: James Rumford

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The world changed when rags and bone, sticky stuff, and other things came together in the hands of...

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If I Built a Car

By: Chris Van Dusen

Age Level: 3-6 years old

In Seussian rhyme and lively illustrations, Jack imagines and describes the car he will build...

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If I Built a House

By: Chris Van Dusen

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Imaginative Jack is ready to build the house of his dreams, complete with a racetrack, flying...

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Polo: The Runaway Book

By: Regis Faller

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The chase is on when Polo's book is stolen by a small alien. Polo, an engaging hound, pulls...

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The Most Magnificent Thing

By: Ashley Spires

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A girl decides to make something magnificent with the help of her assistant — her dog, but they...

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What Do You Do With an Idea?

By: Kobi Yamada

Age Level: 3-6 years old

This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As...

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Young Frank, Architect

By: Frank Viva

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Young Frank is an architect. He lives with his grandfather, Old Frank, who is also an architect...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Clever-Lazy

By: Joan Bodger

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Far away, and on the other side of time, there lived Clever-Lazy, an explorer who loved to invent...

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Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World

By: Elizabeth Rusch

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Move over Tom Edison! This intriguing look at Tesla’s importance in early use of electricity is...

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How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning

By: Rosalyn Schanzer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Benjamin Franklin was amazing. He was a musician, a printer, a cartoonist, a shopkeeper, an...

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Hurricane

By: David Wiesner

Age Level: 6-9 years old

As the sky grays and the leaves swirl by in a "green blizzard," two young boys and...

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I, Galileo

By: Bonnie Christensen

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The voice of an old, blind Galileo Galilei is used to look back on a life that started in Pisa...

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Iggy Peck's Big Project Book for Amazing Architects

By: Andrea Beaty

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This workbook book features art and the characters from the picture book Iggy Peck, Architect...

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Iggy Peck, Architect

By: Andrea Beaty

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Iggy has one passion: building. His parents are proud of his fabulous creations, though they’re...

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Imaginative Inventions

By: Charise Mericle Harper

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A lively, brief, rhyming look at various inventions and the people who created them weaves...

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Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor

By: Emily Arnold McCully

Age Level: 6-9 years old

How did a curious girl became one of America's most prolific inventors? Mattie's childhood...

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Marveltown

By: Bruce McCall

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A romp through the possibilities of the unbound imagination. Marveltown is a place where flights...

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Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

By: Kathryn Gibbs Davis

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Defying gravity and impossible odds, the engineer George Ferris created the sensation of the 1893...

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Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

By: Gene Baretta

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Even though Leonardo da Vinci lived a long time ago (born in 15th century Florence), his ideas...

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Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin

By: Gene Barretta

Age Level: 6-9 years old

What would you do if you lived in a community without a library, hospital, post office, or fire...

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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

By: Jennifer Berne

Age Level: 6-9 years old

As a child, he was a late talker but as he grew up, Albert Einstein never stopped asking questions...

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Papa's Mechanical Fish

By: Candace Fleming

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A fictional account based on events in the life of eccentric inventor Lodner Phillips as told...

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Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum

By: Meghan McCarthy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Though it's unlikely that anyone has ever heard of Walter Diemer, chances are they've...

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Pop-Up House of Inventions: Hundreds of Fabulous Facts About Your Home

By: Robert Crowther

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Each room of every house holds items, objects, and other surprises that were invented at one...

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Regards to the Man in the Moon

By: Ezra Jack Keats

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When the other kids make fun of Louie and call his father "the junkman," his dad explains that the...

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Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers

By: Andrea Beaty

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This activity book features art from the picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer and will...

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Rosie Revere, Engineer

By: Andrea Beaty

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets...

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Snowflake Bentley

By: Jacqueline Martin Briggs

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Strong lines and narrative combine in this picture book biography of the Vermonter who figured...

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So You Want to Be an Inventor?

By: Judith St. George

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Ever wonder who invented the first dishwasher? How about Ben Franklin's inventions? Need...

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Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak: Geek Heroes Who Put the Personal in Computers

By: Mike Venezia

Age Level: 6-9 years old

It is difficult for today's young readers to imagine a time when personal computers were not widely...

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

By: William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops...

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The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth

By: Kathleen Krull

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Two machines captivated young Philo Farnsworth: a telephone and a phonograph. Both had cranks...

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The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos

By: Deborah Heiligman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Paul Erdos grew up in Hungary and was always an unusual child. He enjoyed numbers, was inept at...

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The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont

By: Victoria Griffith

Age Level: 6-9 years old

While the Wright Brothers were gliding over Kitty Hawk, the charming Brazilian Alberto Santos-...

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The Hole Story of the Doughnut

By: Pat Miller

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A seafaring cook named Hanson Crockett Gregory is credited with inventing the sweet fried treats...

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Weird & Wacky Inventions

By: Jim Murphy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Images of unusual inventions are presented with possible uses, explained when the page is turned...

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Generation Fix: Young Ideas for a Better World

By: Elizabeth Rusch

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Young people see a need and work to better their world in this upbeat chronicle of youthful...

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Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

By: Catherine Thimmesh

Age Level: 9-12 years old

In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops,...

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Hooray For Inventors!

By: Marcia Williams

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Discover the stories behind some of the world's greater and lesser inventions. Beginning with a...

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Mistakes that Worked

By: Charlotte Jones

Age Level: 9-12 years old

None of the inventions described in these pages were planned; in fact, some of the inventors had no...

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Robot: DK Eyewitness Books

By: Roger Bridgman

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Take a detailed look at the fascinating world of robots — from the earliest single-task...

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Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future

By: Kathy Ceceri

Age Level: 9-12 years old

A fun and educational introduction to the exciting field of designing, building, and operating...

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Tesla’s Attic

By: Neal Shusterman

Age Level: 9-12 years old

The first in the Accelerati Trilogy, 14-year old Nick, his younger brother and his father have...

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

By: Brian Selznick

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Image and text combine in a unique presentation to tell the story of an orphan boy who lives...

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The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle

By: Don L. Wulffson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Did you know that the ice cream sundae was invented because of a law forbidding the sale of ice...

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The Kids' Invention Book

By: Arlene Erlbach

Age Level: 9-12 years old

The author uses the success of 15-year-old Chester Greenwood, who invented earmuffs in 1873, as the...

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The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of the Oceans

By: Elizabeth Rusch

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Journey to the wave-battered coast of the Pacific Northwest to meet some of the engineers and...

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Toys! Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions

By: Don Wulffson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Have you ever wondered who invented Lego, Mr. Potato Head, or toy trains? Here are the fascinating...

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