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For More on Inventing, Check Out These Books!

Electric Mischief: Battery-Powered Gadgets Kids Can Build
by Alan Bartholomew

Ever had an itch you can’t scratch or had to eat your dinner during a blackout? Now you can tackle these pesky problems with your own electric backscratcher or illuminated fork! With lots of ideas that build on the basics, this book will make you a gizmo wiz.

Put a Fan in Your Hat! Inventions, Contraptions, & Gadgets Kids Can Build by Robert Carrow
Besides providing 12 ultra-neat projects such as a battery-operated, air-conditioned hat to keep them cool in the summer, this book encourages children to invent their own contraptions.

Kids Inventing! A Handbook for Young Inventors by Susan Casey
You'll meet inspiring kids just like you who designed their own award-winning inventions. Discover how exciting it can be to rethink the world around you, solve problems, and surprise and delight others with the results. Anything's possible with Kids Inventing!

The Kids’ Invention Book by Arlene Erlbach
The stories of twelve kid inventors. Erlbach uses the success of 15-year-old Chester Greenwood, who invented earmuffs in 1873, as the takeoff point for introducing more than a dozen contemporary children who have created their own inventions. Each double-page spread profiles one child and his or her invention, some of which have won national recognition in inventors’ contests.

Mistakes that Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be by Charlotte Foltz Jones Presents the stories behind forty things that were invented or named by accident, including aspirin, X-rays, frisbees, silly putty, and velcro.

Margaret Knight: Girl Inventor by Marlene Targ Brill, Joanne Friar
Knight was interested in how things worked and in building and inventing. This picture book tells the story of how she came up with the idea to make a safer loom at age 12.

Popular Mechanics for Kids: Make Amazing Toy and Game Gadgets by Amy Pinchuk Children learn how to build five toys and games by using inexpensive, easy to find tools. Provides easy-to-follow instructions for creating a light box, blinking jewelry, spy camera, and other electric gadgets. With the depth and accuracy you expect from Popular Mechanics for Kids, this lively activity book is any budding engineer's delight!

So You Want to Be An Inventor? by Judith St. George, David Small
Are you a kid who likes to tinker with machines that clink and clank, levers that pull, bells that ring, cogs that grind, switches that turn on and off, wires that vibrate, dials that spin? You maybe inspired by what other inventors have accomplished.


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