Top 11 Books to Inspire Your Family – Inspirational Reading

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Top 11 Inspirational Books

Gifted children are often known for their entrepreneurial spirit, intense need for justice, compassion, and moral sensitivity.

Inspirational books can be the root of a big idea or just the encouragement a child needs to bring creativity to life.

I’ve compiled a list of books and links that our family finds inspiring. And have been a source of great ideas in children around the world. Whether your child is an activist, writer, or an engineer, there is something to spark their imagination!


Inspirational books for the budding environmentalistNikki resources

loraxThe Lorax (Pop-up version), Dr. Seuss

Seuss’ wonderful classic encourages us to take care of our world. And be careful of our priorities. This pop-up version is spectacular. The illustrations alone will captivate your young reader, as will the message.


CallieTateEvolution of Calpurnia Tate, Jacqueline Kelly

The story of young Callie Tate, a gifted, curious girl, explores what it was like to be a girl interested in science and furthering her education in 1899. Callie finds a mentor in her grandfather. And with her tenacious spirit sets her apart from those who think her future will be better suited as a housewife. Once you begin this book, you won’t be able to put it down! Another one of  those inspirational books.


Get into action: Join/start a Roots and Shoots club in your area, volunteer as a wildlife watcher or other effort with Nature Abounds, or simply explore your own backyard with a journal and Nature Anatomy.

Inspire your young inventors

RosieRevereRosie Revere, Engineer, Andrea Beaty

This book is a must-have for our little tinkerers and imaginative girls and IggyPeckboys. The prevailing theme of “fail spectacularly” is an important one that can be challenging for kids to embrace. Rosie helps demonstrate the emotions of failure, success, and persistence. Pair this book with Iggy Peck, Architect, a story of an incredibly creative boy who finally gets to follow his passion. You won’t be disappointed!

LeonardoLeonardo: Beautiful Dreamer, Robert Byrd

This intricately illustrated book is packed with details about da Vinci’s life, ideas, and dreams. We discovered this on the shelves of the library and within a few moments knew it must be purchased.



Tesla Tesla, Inventor of the Electrical Age, W. Bernard Carlson

One of the most comprehensive and well-written biographies about the mysterious genius. Carlson leads us through Tesla’s inventions to his eccentricities with honesty and intrigue.



Get into action: Check out InventorHQ – Just for Kids, a site to share ideas, get help, and submit an idea of your own!

Writers and poets inspirational books

CummingsEnormous Smallness, A Story of E.E. Cummings, Matthew Burgess

Burgess takes us through Cummings’ life with fantastic illustrations and carefully placed selections from Cummings’ work. This is another title that was almost impossible to return to the library and had to be purchased for our shelves at home.



EmilyEmily, by Michael Bedard

Emily Dickinson is one of my favorite poets. This fictional book was a lovely way to introduce her life and poetry to my girls, and a subtle conversation starter for talking about those who the world sees as different from the rest.


Get into action: Submit your work to Stone Soup, Highlights Magazine, or Youngzine

Inspirational books for activists

MalalaI am Malala, Malala Yousafzai

There are few who don’t at least know Malala Yousafzai’s name. The youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner’s memoir details her life in Pakistan under Taliban rule and her advocacy for girls’ education, peace, and human rights.



MartinsBigWordsMartin’s Big Words, The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Doreen Rappaport

Martin Luther King’s message is timeless. This book chronicles his life and activism using beautiful imagery and Dr. King’s words.


DecemberDecember, Eve Bunting

A heart-wrenching story of homelessness and being willing to help others when you have nothing to give, Bunting’s Christmas tale reminds us the importance and joy found in looking out for our fellow humans.



Get into action: Check out the GHF Kiva Lending Team, helping connect people through lending to alleviate poverty around the globe, as well as these lessons for kids on social justice from Education World, or simply have a conversation at your family meal about how you can help others in your community.



Check out GHF’s Favorite Things or Resource Reviews pages for even more resources!

Do you know of a must-have book that isn’t mentioned? Email me here to have it added to the GHF Store and help others on their learning adventures!  ~ Nikki


Nikki GHFWhen she is not stuck in a book, Nicole Linn homeschools two of her three children, and blogs about gifted children and adults at Through a Stronger Lens. She is also Online Merchandise Manager for GHF.

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