Why do people invent and innovate?


Africans Thought of It

Written by Bathseba Opini, Richard Lee

Africans Thought of It features descriptive photos and information-packed text that is divided into sections, including agriculture, food, medicine, music, architecture, games and sports. Readers take a fascinating journey across the world’s second largest continent to discover how aspects of its culture have spread around the globe.


The Chinese Thought of It

Written by Ting-xing Ye

Acupuncture, gunpowder and the secrets to spinning silk are innovations that we have come to associate with China. But did you know that the Chinese also invented the umbrella? And toilet paper, initially made from rice straw clumped together, was first used in China! Through the ages, the Chinese have used the resources available to them to improve their lives. With descriptive photos and information-packed text divided into sections including farming, food and games, this book explores the fascinating origins of much that surrounds us today.


Latin Americans Thought of It

Written by Eva Salinas

Travel from the ancient hidden city of Machu Picchu high in the Andes, past Mayan ruins over 2,000 years old, to the bustling modern cities of São Paulo and Buenos Aires. Along the way, readers will learn about the vibrant cultures and innovations of Latin America—rodeo, carnival, chocolate, coffee, piñata, tango, and salsa, to name only a few.  Latin Americans Thought of It features a rich array of photos along with informative text divided into sections, including clothing, architecture, communication, arts and crafts, everyday inventions, and sports.


The Arab World Thought of It

Written by Saima Shakil Hussain

Ink-filled pens, mattresses, and bars of soap—these are only some of the inventions and innovations that have been passed down through the millennia from the peoples of Arab lands. Readers may be surprised to learn that they have also given us the scalpel, planetariums, and three-course meals. The Arab World Thought of It uses stunning photos and well-researched information to provide an overview of contributions made in the fields of medicine, architecture, food, and education.


The Inuit Thought of It

Written by Alootook Ipellie and David MacDonald

Today’s Arctic communities have all the comforts of modern living. Yet the Inuit survived in this harsh landscape for hundreds of years with nothing but the land and their own ingenuity. Explore the amazing innovations of traditional Inuit and how their ideas continue to echo around the world. In all, more than 40 Inuit items and ideas are showcased through dramatic photos and captivating language.


A Native American Though of It

Written by Rocky Landon and David MacDonald

Everyone knows that moccasins, canoes and toboggans were invented by the Aboriginal people of North America, but did you know that they also developed their own sign language, syringe needles and a secret ingredient in soda pop? Other clever inventions and innovations include sunscreen, surgical blades, diapers, asphalt, megaphones and hair conditioner. With descriptive photos and information-packed text, this book explores eight different categories in which the creativity of First Nations peoples from across the continent led to remarkable inventions and innovations, many of which are still in use today.