One of Gosling's top ten children's steampunk books, as told to the Guardian:
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules VerneRead about the other entries on the list.
With the advent of modern steampunk, Verne's mechanical fantasies have been re-coined as "proto-steampunk". His story of underwater adventure is fascinating not only because it was so far ahead of its time, but also for all the technical information he details about how his fantasy sub Nautilus was built. As a result, it's easy to believe that it really could have been. Gentle, perhaps, by today's standards, but perfect for firing young imaginations.