Entrepreneur Books and Tips for Kids
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Schools with Entrepreneurial Programs
Help Kids to Start a Business
Encourage your kids to start with a lemonade stand. You’ve probably heard of Lemonade Day. If you haven’t, it’s a program for kids and teens to start a lemonade stand where some or all of the profits are donated to charity. Through this, kids learn business skills, responsibility, financial literacy, goal setting, and teamwork. Go to The Lemonade Day website for a free starter kit.
Kids as young as age five can start learning about business with this Pizza Store simulation from Osmo. It’s hands-on, integrates with technology, and teaches math and entrepreneur skills. Doesn’t it look fun?
Osmo Pizza Co. Game (Base required)Osmo iPad Base
Kidpreneurs: Young Entrepreneurs With Big Ideas!The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business: Turn Your Ideas into Money!Be a Young Entrepreneur: Be Inspired to Be a Business WhizThe Making Of A Young Entrepreneur: A Kid’s Guide To Developing The Mind-Set For SuccessFinancial Peace Junior Kit: Teaching Kids How to Win With Money
Books to Encourage (and Parent) Entrepreneur Kids
I love the following picture and middle-grade books for encouraging entrepreneur kids. They’ll introduce people or characters who start their own businesses. And, in most cases, the businesses actually succeed. (With plenty of failure and lessons along the way.)
Hopefully, these stories will teach and inspire your children.
Cooler Than Lemonade by Harshita Jerath, illustrated by Chlose Burgett
This story reminds me of why I love being an entrepreneur — because it pushes you creatively and is so much fun to think of better ways to serve your customers! Eva opens a lemonade stand. But so does Jake across the street and he is giving buyers free cookies. What can Eva do to get back her customers? Back and forth they go, improving their businesses with creativity and excitement. In the end, Eva’s brother reminds her that she loves kulfi and sells homemade kulfi ice cream. Recipe in the back.
The Cookie Stall by Jonathan Litton, illustrated by Magali Mansilla
Want to learn about being an entrepreneur and marketing? This picture book shows how Suzy and Max learned how to attract customer’s attention to their cookie stand after several fails.
The Startup Squad by Brian Weisfeld and Nicole C. Kear
Resa’s class gets put into groups for a lemonade stand competition and Resa gets paired with her best friend, Didi, and a new girl named Amelia. Unfortunately, Resa demands to be in charge of everything and their communication problems affect how their team is doing in the competition. Even though their team don’t win, the girls, especially Resa, learn the importance of teamwork and listening to all ideas. It’s a great book for showing kids about entrepreneurship and communication.
Sarai and the Meaning of Awesome by Sarai Gonzalez and Monica Brown
A warm-hearted, sweet story about a Latinx girl who’s an entrepreneur and devoted daughter and granddaughter. When her grandpa (tata) tells Sarai Gonzalez that his rental house is being sold, she determines to help by selling more cupcakes than ever. Even her sisters join in to help and so do her cousins. A darling start to a new series inspired by Sarai’s own life!
Project Startup: Eat Bugs by Heather Alexander with Laura DAsaro and Rose Wang
For their entrepreneur class, Hallie and Jaye, who aren’t friends, are paired together for a big project. It’s difficult to pick an idea but Jaye’s idea wins out; that is until it’s stolen by her former best friend. Therefore at the last minute, the girls pitch Hallie’s idea — edible crickets. As they navigate their own personal situations at home and with friends, the two use the scientific method and teamwork to research a winning product, ending up with the accidental discovery of smashed crickets as a protein powder in cookies. A delightful story about friendship, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and family.
Girl CEO Priceless Advice from Trailblazing Women by Ronnie Cohen and Katherine Ellison
The 40 fascinating female biographies in this book will inspire your girls and boys to see their dreams as possibilities. Because many of the CEO (chief executive officer) girls and women in this book are also entrepreneurs that came up with their own original ideas for a company. It’s SO interesting to read how each woman saw a need, often from their own life experience, and created a product or service to meet that need. (Example: Josephine Cochrane invented an automatic dishwasher after one too many chipped dishes.)
Girls Solve Everything: Stories of Women Entrepreneurs Building a Better World by Catherine Thimmesh, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Mesmerizing writing about problem-solving businesswomen! Plus, Melissa Sweet’s cool illustrations elevate these women’s stories and add visual appeal. If readers aren’t budding entrepreneurs before reading this, they will be after. Jeroo Billimoria founded an emergency phone line for street kids in India. Jane Chen developed a low-cost incubator for premature babies in developing countries. Nadia Hamilton created an app with step-by-step instructions for daily tasks for autistic folks.
Lemonade for Sale (MathStart 3)Billy Sure Kid EntrepreneurGrace Stirs it Up (American Girl-Girl of the Year)Lunch Money (Rise and Shine)Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Seeks a FortuneElon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Young Readers’ Edition
Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World
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Great article. Another fantastic kid-entrepreneur book is “Eli’s Lemonade Startup” at https://www.startupkid.net!