Please be sure to check out the supplemental resources for teachers to use in conjunction with these texts. There are videos to serve as hooks/activators for the read aloud or to serve as background knowledge-building resources and/or inspiration for our Mableton Jaguar Inventors during their aligned STEAM Challenges. There are also additional fiction and informational texts listed you can check out as well as writing extensions available for each grade level.
Primary: “Imaginative Inventions” by Charise Mericle Harper
The colorfully illustrated book will engage young children who want to know where common things came from, In all, 14 different inventions—ranging from potato chips to roller skates to the vacuum cleaner—each occupy a two-page spread in this book.
Intermediate: “So You Want to Be an Inventor” by Judith St. George
The reader is introduced to inventors and inventions, from automobiles to lightbulbs, to Velcro, in this whimsical and fun narrative. Using creative illustrations, the book suggests, “If you want to be an inventor, find a need and fill it.” The author then provides examples of inventors who took that advice and shared what they developed.
Additional Books on Inventors
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“Dotty Inventions and Some Real Ones Too.” By Roger McGough
“Cody’s Amazing Machines” by Danny Cohen
“Ivan the Inventor” by Thomas Hendrickson
“A Whimsical Tale of Invention” by Kara Guest (Great Illustrations)
“The Kids’ Invention Book” by Arlene Erlbach
“Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women” by Catherine Thimmesh
PBS Kids also has a great website with animated read alouds about inventions at this link HERE.
This 45 second video is a great clip to use as a springboard for discussion about the design process and how it is okay if your inventions fail.