Inspire Young Inventors: Books & Resources For Elementary Educators

By Dhariyah Luqman, Specialist II, School Outreach and Samantha Simoes, Specialist II, School Outreach
June 8, 2022

An imagination is a powerful thing. Even as the school year comes to a close, we are looking for ways to motivate students to dream big. These books and resources will help children appreciate problem solving, patience, and perseverance as they stimulate their curiosity about the world and how things work. This list is designed for educators to inspire their students to learn more about inventors and their inventions, and encourage them to think like a future inventor.

Online Resources Available with an NYPL Library Card

Browse the Engineering and Tech section with over 100 topics including inventors and innovators with lesson plans, quizzes, movies, worksheets, and more. 

Biography in Context 
Learn more about your favorite inventor by exploring 650,000+ people throughout history and around the world.

Check out a STEAM Discovery Kit 
Available to borrow from 30 branches across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, these kits enable kids and tweens to explore robotics, astronomy, engineering, coding, and more using exciting tools, toys, and books at home. 

Elementary Inventor Writing Prompt Worksheet (PDF)