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A selective bibliography of some the best books on invention

Thousands of books have been written on the subject of invention. Here are a few that can get you started on your own path of discovery!
Above: Edison light bulb. Smithsonian photo 1873-77.
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Books for young readers

Fred M.B. Amram, African-American Inventors (1996).

Louis Haber, Black Pioneers of Science and Invention (1970; 2007)

Wade Hudson, Great Black Heroes: Five Notable Inventors (1995)

Frances A. Karnes and Suzanne M. Bean, Girls and Young Women Inventing (1995).

Naomi Pasachoff, Alexander Graham Bell: Making Connections (1996)

Kathleen T. Pelley, Inventor McGregor (2006)

Ellen H. Showell and Fred M.B. Amram, From Indian Corn to Outer Space: Women Invent in America (1995).

Otha Richard Sullivan and Jim Haskins, Black Stars: African American Inventors (1998)

Otha Richard Sullivan and Jim Haskins, Black Stars: African American Women Scientists and Inventors (2002)

Catherine Thimmesh, Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions (2002)

Stephen M. Tomecek and Dan Stuckenschneider, What a Great Idea! Inventions that Changed the World (2003)

Tom Tucker, Brainstorm! The Stories of Twenty American Kid Inventors (1998)

Women Inventors, Cobblestone Magazine, vol. 15, no. 6 (June 1994).

Annie Wood, Canadian Women Invent! (2002)



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