Thematic Reading List: Kids and Teens in Business


Businesses aren’t just for adults—kids and teens can have them, too! More and more, young entrepreneurs are finding their place in the world. No longer is the lemonade stand their primary outlet for making money, either. The nonfiction titles in this booklist introduce readers aged 12-18 to the idea of business and how they can go about starting one of their own. From the practical to the more fun, this is a great foundation for further inquiry.
Contributed by: Mary Lanni

9781615708925 Business
By: Kristen Rue

Presents profiles of successful businesswomen, including clothing sellers, computer scientists, and financial advisors.
9781465415851 The Business Book
By: DK

A guide to how business works includes descriptions of industry concepts, from risk management to business models to thinking outside the box, as well as big ideas from successful leaders, including Andrew Carnegie, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett.
9781619302655 Entrepreneurship: Create Your Own Business
By: Alex Kahan and Mike Crosier

Introduces the concept of entrepreneurship, covering how to develop ideas into business plans, marketing strategies, and money management.
1465429794 How Business Works: A Graphic Guide to Business Success
By: Philippa Anderson

A guide to basic business concepts shares instructive diagrams, infographics, step-by-step information, and jargon-free explanations, covering topics ranging from the structure of boards of directors to how to calculate depreciation.
0778723631 Math on the Job: Building a Business
By: Richard Wunderlich

A large bakery wants a regular supply of your homemade brownies. What if you could figure out how to do it out of your parents’ kitchen using math? This amazing book makes you a math problem solver by putting you into situations faced by people who are building their own businesses. Math is an important part of the job of running a pet store or a bakery or creating a video game. Three exciting stories lead to a problem you must solve using math. A toolbox section helps take you through similar examples and provides math exercises you can do that will help give you a better understanding of how to solve the problem in the story.
9781557047571 The New Totally Awesome Business Book for Kids
By: Arthur Berg Bochner and Rose Bochner

This first-of-its-kind book for young entrepreneurs is now completely revised and updated for a new generation by one of the original authors (now an adult) and his 14-year-old sister.
Originally written by Arthur Bochner when he was just 13 with his mom, financial planner Adriane G. Berg, this was the first book to take kids step-by-step through the process of starting their own businesses. Now 24 and a successful political speechwriter, Arthur teams up with his kid sister, Rose, on a completely revised, updated edition to the basics of becoming an entrepreneur, offered in a smart, entertaining style just right for kids age 8-14.
147776125X Run Your Own Yard-Work Business
By: Emma Carlson Berne

A yardwork business is perfect for any young people who are hard-working and not afraid to get a little dirty. This title stresses the importance of advertising, attention to detail, and fair pricing to ensure that new business people get repeat customers. The types of supplies that are needed and other tips for a successful yard care business are covered as well.
9781598453775 Sharpen Your Business Letter Writing Skills
By: Jennifer Rozines Roy

Learn how to write a business letter and other kinds of business writing, the writing steps you need to follow, and the importance of rewriting and proofreading.
9781422229200 Starting a Business: Creating a Plan
By: James Fischer

Are you interested in having your own business? Today, young people have never had more opportunities to build new and exciting businesses. Before you start your business, you’ll need to know the basics, though. One of the very first steps in starting a business is making sure you have the right plan. Without a plan, many businesses fail or can’t reach the success they want. In Starting a Business: Creating a Plan, you’ll learn why a plan is so important for a new business, and how to make a plan that suits your business.
9781599533865 Starting a Business: Have Fun and Make Money
By: Carla Mooney

A step-by-step guide for developing a business for fun and profit. Includes developing a business plan, conducting market research, developing a budget, and banking. Chronicles three children entrepreneurs who have also incorporated philanthropy into their business model. Glossary, additional resources and index.
9781682820889 Teen Guide to Starting a Business
By: Gail Snyder

Presents information and advice for teens about starting and running a business.
9781477778531 What Degree Do I Need to Pursue a Career in Business?
By: Tamra Orr

Business. The field encompasses everything from local candy stores to international corporations. While such an expansive term does allow for a great deal of flexibility when it comes to career choice, it can also be confusing to see where one might fit into the business world—and just what degrees are helpful or even necessary to get there. This book is a handy and useful guide to assessing students’ skills, desires, and aptitude—and then focusing on the degree or degrees required to set them on the career path that’s right for them.


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