In Meghan McCarthy’s Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum wonderful illustrations and simple text tell the true story of Walter, a young accountant in a gum and candy factory, whose curiosity and persistence led to something new! I haven’t used it yet but plan to with 2nd – 5th graders.
Mark Weston’s Honda: The Boy Who Dreamed of Cars tells the story of Soichiro Honda who dreamed of making a car from the first time he saw one, to his first paid job as a janitor in a car repair shop, to his success as an inventor and manufacturer of motorcycles and cars. 3rd grade and up. (I’ve book talked this in 4th & 5th, and high school ESL classes.)
Christopher Barton’s The Day-Glo Brothers uses comic-style illustrations and simple text tell the enjoyable story of two brother’s life-long exploration to create new colors which are part of our everyday life.