Many kids and teens today want to change the world. They also want to be entrepreneurs and run successful businesses. Do you have one of those kids? The one who is always questioning why something is done a certain way and whether it can be improved? Or the kid who sees a need in their local community and wants to find a way to solve a problem?
If you have a kid with big dreams, providing them with great resources can help them turn their dreams into reality. Books are always a great start when a kid wants more information about a certain subject.
The best books on entrepreneurship for kids
We’ve looked at some books for kids with entrepreneurial dreams, to give you a headstart in helping their dreams come true.
1. Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid
Mikaila Ulmer, the author of Bee Fearless, was stung by a bee when she was 4. At first, she was scared of bees, but then she started reading about them and became fascinated. After some help from her grandmother and parents, she decided to try and make a product that would help the honeybees she had become so fond of. Using a recipe from her grandmother, she created Me & the Bees Lemonade.
This award-winning beverage can be found in supermarkets across the country and in some restaurants. A percentage of the profits goes to The Healthy Hive Foundation, an organization Mikaila started to support beekeepers and scientific research.
Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid is the story of how Mikaila went from selling homemade lemonade in front of her house to becoming one of TIME Magazine’s Top 30 Most Influential Teens. It is a part memoir/part business help book for kids.
She includes “Buzziness Ideas,” little sidebars containing wisdom she’s gained from running her own business. She also shares the “3 Magic Seeds” she discovered at the Acton Children’s Business Fair she first attended with her business model: making something with your hands, selling it, and experiencing freedom by having money. Mikaila also shares her business ideas with kids, things like knowing your competition, what consumers want, and how to promote your product or idea.
This is one of the best books available for kid entrepreneurs, with vivid colors, an easy-to-read format, and an abundance of practical guidelines on how a kid can start their own business from the ground up and make it a phenomenon. Written by a kid for kids, it’s a sure winner!
2. The Big Startup Guidebook for Kids: A Principle-Based Approach to Entrepreneurship
The Big Startup Guidebook for Kids by Nephi Zufelt presents a principled approach for kids wanting to start their own business. Set out in chapters that highlight the basics of business planning, this book dives right into the need for kids to have “grit” to succeed as entrepreneurs. It helps kids lay out their strategy—from knowing their target market and protecting their ideas to getting their product to the market.
The author includes a note to parents, encouraging them to walk beside their kids in this process, and shares that the most successful kid entrepreneurs are the ones who have their parents’ support.
Zufelt also has a chapter on customer feedback, helping kids learn how to take this feedback and turn it into improvements on their current product or new products. The book encourages kids to learn, put this learning into action, and then share with others what they have learned, helping them be successful, too.
3. Young Entrepreneurs Activity Book: Black Millionaires Of Tomorrow
The Black Business School was started to provide a creative and effective way of teaching wealth-building skills to the black community. There is a curriculum series for 1st-3rd grades which includes money basics, learning about stocks, and investing.
Part of The Black Business School family of books, the Young Entrepreneurs Activity Book by Dr. Boyce Watkins and Michelle Martin uses puzzles, word searches, coloring pages, and mazes to get young kids (ages 5-10) engaged with the basic concepts of entrepreneurship.
4. Mo’s Bows: A Young Person’s Guide to Start-Up Success: Measure, Cut, Stitch Your Way to a Great Business
Moziah Bridges, the author of this book, believes in using fashion to express individuality and personality. At 9 years old, he wanted a clothing accessory to help him look his best, but he couldn’t find anything to fit his unique style. He asked his granny for help, and Mo’s Bows was “fashioned” in 2011.
Now, 10 years later, Mo’s Bows is an internationally recognized brand. Moziah has become the kind of kidpreneur who inspires other youngsters to follow their dreams of successful business ownership.
Mo’s Bows: A Young Person’s Guide to Start-Up Success tells Moziah’s story, along with offering chapters on how to be successful every day, be willing to fail, market with zero dollars, and project your brand using social media. Geared more towards young teens, this easy-to-read format of “Measure-Cut-Stitch” will help aspiring kidpreneurs learn how to reach their goals in business.
5. How to Sell a Rock: A Fun Kidpreneur Story about Creative Problem Solving
Best suited for kids aged 5-8 and ideal for use in a classroom or homeschool setting, How to Sell a Rock by J. K. Coy tells of the fun-filled journey of Sebastian as he learns how to earn his own money in order to buy that skateboard he’s dreaming of. He devises a plan to sell rocks to his neighbors. Along the way, he learns how to start his business, make and save money, develop social skills, and build self-confidence.
The author, who is a mother of 2, wants to entertain parents and kids alike while teaching them valuable lessons about money and being successful problem solvers. She offers additional activities and lessons relating to Sebastian’s story in her blog, which can be found in the book.
6. Starting Your Own Business: Become an Entrepreneur!
An extension of the For Dummies brand of books, Starting Your Own Business: Become an Entrepreneur! is written by Adam and Matthew Toren, the founders of the website YoungEntrepreneur.com. They took their years of business experience and turned it into this book for kids and teens.
The authors explain entrepreneurship in a way kids will understand and look at the traits of successful business owners. They also discuss the differences between having a job and owning a business so that kids can understand the pressures and rewards of both.
The book teaches children how to start with their ideas and make pros and cons lists for these. It then helps them understand how to make a plan about:
- what the business will do
- where they’ll sell their products or services
- when they are ready to set their plan in motion
The book helps kids learn to budget, plan their marketing strategy, sell, deal with hiccups in the plan, and provide outstanding customer service. The For Dummies brand has helped millions of people through its easy-to-follow books, and this one is no exception.
Kids aged 7-11 will really enjoy the layout of the book, the thought-provoking questions, and the helpful hints the authors provide to get their readers started on the way to business success.
7. Kane’s Big Picture: An Early Intro to Entrepreneurship for Kids
Michael Fernandez Jr. wanted to teach his son that he is capable of driving global change when he gets older. Kane’s Big Picture is written in poetry form and helps kids focus more on following their passions and dreams than on making millions of dollars.
Fernandez has written an easy-to-read book that also boasts great illustrations. It’s so easy, in fact, that your child could memorize it and carry its wisdom in their mind and heart for a long time to come. For children 8-12 years old, the book includes the basics of entrepreneurship and how a kid can start a business from their passion and turn it into profits.
8. Kid Start-Up: How YOU Can Become an Entrepreneur
Mark Cuban, one of the panel members of the Shark Tank show, says that it starts with the parents helping their kids who want to become entrepreneurs. No matter how silly, good, or bad an idea may seem, a parent’s job is to encourage their kids and help them with:
- setting realistic goals
- coming up with an action plan
- acquiring good business skills
Written by Mark Cuban, Shaan Patel, and Ian McCue, Kid Start-Up: How YOU Can Become an Entrepreneurexplains what an entrepreneur is, how your kid can discover what their true business idea is, how to launch a business, and how to follow business principles.
The book also includes 10 business ideas that any kid can start with. The authors engage with the young reader by asking thoughtful questions and presenting different scenarios to encourage critical thinking. They also remind kids that success and failure go together, and no one should give up just because they may stumble along the way.
9. Jasmine Launches a Startup
This is just the sweetest little book! Jasmine Launches a Startup by Bachar Karroum tells the story of little Jasmine, who wanted to help sick children she saw in the hospital. Jasmine doesn’t know where to begin, so she asks her family for help. She learns how to take her passion and do good with it, how to use that passion to fuel a business, and why it’s important to take risks, even when it is scary.
Geared towards kids aged 3-8, this short, highly readable book will engage young readers and fire their imagination, prompting them to think about how they can help others and run a business at the same time.
10. Teen Entrepreneurship: The #1 Book for Teenage Entrepreneurs
Jack Rosenthal’s 2nd book about teens and money, Teen Entrepreneurship: The #1 Book for Teenage Entrepreneurs, is packed with useful information for teens who want to start their own business.
Jack, a 19-year-old investing genius, has been an entrepreneur since the age of 6, and he tells his own story in this book. He also gives teens a look into the modern business world, the concepts of entrepreneurship, and examples of businesses teens can start on their own. Jack uses real-world examples of teen businesses—babysitting, lawn mowing, and cooking—to help teens turn practical applications into business success.
Kids turning their passion into profit
The best way for kids and teens to start their own business is to first discover what their passion is. Their 2nd step should be getting educated and learning how to launch their business and then make it grow. Talking to successful business owners, learning the stories of other kids who have succeeded, and reading about what to do and not do will help kids understand what it takes to achieve entrepreneurial success.
The books we’ve listed are great for helping your kid or teen develop business skills early. These skills can fuel their passion to produce a helpful product, provide a needed service, and possibly be a force of change in the world. Invest time in looking through these books with your kids, and you’ll be investing in their future as influential business leaders.