Inside you’ll find: 24 AMAZING living picture books about inventors and scientists that will engage your kids and inspire them to explore the world around them.
We’re one of those crazy families that does school through the summer. But there’s a reason to our madness! It’s so hot that going outside is just not feasible for long periods of time. PLUS we take off LOTS of time in the winter to be able to enjoy the outdoors and the holidays.
This past summer, I was looking for a short topic to study in both science AND history. Then I thought, “Why not combine them?” Hence, our study of famous scientists and inventors.
As Charlotte Mason homeschoolers, we’re always looking for books that tell an engaging story. These living books live on in our minds and hearts, help us not just take in information, but the develop character.
Here are some of our favorite picture books about scientists and inventors. They cover a broad span of history, location, and people groups. I hope you dive into these books and inspire the next generation of scientists and inventors!
Picture Books about Scientists and Inventors:
Fascinating story about Nikola and his battles with Edison over AC and DC current. We learned a TON about electricity.
I knew Leonardo da Vinci was brilliant, but I had no idea how many things he thought up WAY before they were invented. This book also reinforced the importance of keeping a journal.
The french naturalist, Jean Henri Fabre sure had the habit of attention down! Amazing how just observing what’s around you can lead to big things!
Samuel Morse, That’s Who!: The Story of the Telegraph and Morse Code
Communication would never be the same after Samuel Morse invented morse code! Great illustrations!
Fun collection of a bunch of women and their contributions and problem solving skills!
This book pairs nicely with the one about Tesla and a study of electricity.
Another fun story about the genius of Ben Franklin. No problem was too big or too small for Franklin to tackle.
Very interesting book about an invention that change the way the world relaxes. My boys think he’s a hero!
Awesome story about one of MY hero’s Dr. Temple Grandin who is autistic and leading the way in bringing about awareness and acceptance. Her brain is a gift! Great encouragement to kids that don’t fit the mold or think outside the box.
Follows the lives of four women that ROCKED at math and brought the US space program to new heights, despite prejudices.
When a young man’s village suffers a drought and all the crops die, he doesn’t give up. Study library books and gathering materials from the dump, this heroic young man saves his people with his windmill.
This book is GORGEOUS and won the Caldecott. When art and science come together, it’s awe inspiring! You’ll never look at a snowflake the same way again!
Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor
Great story about a determined young girl who wouldn’t let other intimidate her! Nicknamed “Lady Edison” Ms. Knight’s story is not to be missed!
The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont
Did you know there’s a debate about whether the Wright brothers should hold the title for the first flight? Find out the story of Alberto Santos-Dumont and his incredible accomplishments to the field of aviation.
Even with the whole world against him, Galileo bravely look into the night sky to see what God had created. His story is one of courage that turned the world upside down.
Stunning illustrations highlight the story of the first Ferris wheel and the world’s fair. In this book we were reintroduced to other inventors of the time like Edison and Tesla.
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
Fun book about a boy that made friends with numbers. The book highlights that even though we’re all different, we all have strengths.
Einstein’s mother was told that her son was an idiot. I loved this book for the hope it brought to folks that don’t do well in traditional schools yet excel at thinking beyond the norm.
A whimsical story about the invention of the doughnut! What’s not to love! It reminds us that all sorts of things are invented for all sorts of reasons.
One of our all-time favorite picture books EVER! This is a fictional take on a true story about a man who tried to invent a submarine in Chicago’s Lake Michigan. The illustrations are vivid and hilarious! The father is never deterred by failure and his family is full of grace and good ideas! Absolutely LOVE!
Another fictional story that encourages kids to try crazy things and that failures are just stepping stones to success. I really enjoyed the rhyming text!
Ada Twist, Scientist
We didn’t read this one yet, but it’s by the same creators of Rosie Revere, so I expect good things!
Another fun one about perfecting the art of bubble gum. Warning: this book got my kids on a bubble blowing kick! 🙂
I’ll never look at a crayon in the same way again! Kids everywhere will cheer their gratitude for not having to use charcoal, paint, or pencils to create artwork.
This is a great reference book with over 50 inventors highlighted! Great introduction to whet a child’s appetite to explore the life of more inventors.
Do you know of any other picture books about inventors and scientists? Let me know in the comments below! We can’t have too many!