On Fridays, we've been working our way through this book, The Story of Inventions, for our science curriculum. The girls ALWAYS want me to keep reading and beg me not to stop--even when the day's reading is over.
Not only is it fun and easy to read, it's filled with great illustrations and the skinny on inventions like chewing gum and toilets as well as the story of flight and Band-aids.
If you have a curious kid, this would make a great gift. Birthday, Christmas, Happy "I love you" day, you name it. Amazon has it for less than $10 here, so it would make a great birthday present for the next party your kid gets invited to.
Add a flashlight and you've got a perfect reading-under-the-covers kind of a book! (My all-time favorite gift to give kids.)