(This post may contain affiliate links.)

Last week, we looked at artistic creativity. This week, I want to talk about a different set of books that inspire creativity in kids, specifically, inventive creativity.

Ok, maybe I just made up that term, but what I’m talking about is the drive to invent or make something new. This could be anything from drawing plans, to building a new lego structure, to creating new worlds on Minecraft, to actually creating some physical invention.

Books to Inspire Inventive Creativity

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty tells the story of a girl who tries to invent, but often fails. But when she learns to persevere, she finds she can do amazing things.

 On the Go with Mr. and Mrs. Green by Keith Baker is a great beginner reader, but also a wonderful read aloud. Mr. and Mrs. Green both make inventions, but they go about it in very different ways. There’s no one right way to be creative!

 The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay is for serious future engineers! Kids will love learning how things work, and this book will give them some of the know-how needed to make their own inventions! Younger kids may enjoy examining the detailed illustrations, but this book is probably geared toward older kids, about 5th grade and up.

Resources to Inspire Inventive Creativity


Classic Lego Set

Lego Chain Reactions: Design and Build Amazing Moving Machines

Klutz Lego Crazy Action Contraption Kit

Snap Circuits Junior or the full Snap Curcuits Set


What are your favorite resources or books that inspire creativity in kids?