Best Kids Books About Entrepreneurship

11 Books About Entrepreneurship That Your Kids Will Love

Updated Apr. 15, 2019

From the classic lemonade stand to more structured avenues like selling Girl Scout Cookies there are lots of ways for kids to get involved in being a little entrepreneurial. Start them young, allow them to fail (and see it's not the end of the world, but really an incredible lesson in how to do better next time!), and let their ideas pop out of the box (sure you can pick dandelions out of my yard for me at $0.05 per full plant + root!) and you'll be sure to have budding entrepreneurs in no time. Looking for a little inspiration? Here are a few books you may want to check out to peak their entrepreneurial spirit.

What Do You Do with an Idea? book
#1
What Do You Do with an Idea?
Written by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

I love this entire series of books, but this one is definitely my favorite. It's beautifully illustrated, inspirational, motivational and clever. That being said, it's definitely geared towards a little older audience.

A young boy comes up with an idea and he keeps it safe until one day he realizes the amazing power it can have.

Lily Wool book
#2
Lily Wool
Written and illustrated by Paula Vasquez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

Lily Wool is different—in a good way. She has lots of ideas and is quick on her feet when things go wrong. I love how this book encourages exploring your passions and thinking independently.

Thoughts from The Goodfather

Lily Wool is such a playful and inventive tale! I love the message of the story, that Lily Wool embraces her differences to find her unique voice and contribution among the members of her flock. As a business owner myself, I also love her resourcefulness in opening her seamstress shop!

A little lamb with a great big imagination. A new picture book from Paula Vasquez filled with delightful illustrations depicting a little lamb intent on being true to herself. Lily Wool gets bored with all of the grazing and resting that the herd does and prefers to count stars and dream of adventures. When Lily finds a strand of loose wool, she lets her imagination run wild and has a grand time until she accidentally unravels a problem. Children will love seeing how Lily Wool puts her imagination and creativity to work to fix things, and how Lily discovers a way to help others while she finds her special place in the herd. Paula Vasquez,an avowed artist from childhood, studied graphic design at the Universidad Cat�lica de Chile, and honed her illustration skills with a post-graduate diploma from Finis Terrae University. She currently lives in Santiago de Chile writing and illustrating children's picture books.

Even Aliens Need Snacks book
#3
Even Aliens Need Snacks
Written and illustrated by Matthew McElligott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In the follow up to his breakout picture book, Even Monsters Need Haircuts, Matthew McElligott brings back the young monster barber in a new tale where his culinary concoctions bring him galaxy-wide fame. Creating snacks that make most humans queasy, this chef has found a new clientele--aliens. Readers will delight in McElligott's gently offbeat humor and unique artistry as spaceships full of hilarious creatures line up for a taste of the intergalactic cuisine.

Even Monsters Need Haircuts book
#4
Even Monsters Need Haircuts
Written and illustrated by Matthew McElligott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Just before midnight, on the night of a full moon, a young barber stays out past his bedtime to go to work. Although his customers are mostly regulars, they are anything but normal--after all, even monsters need haircuts. Business is steady all night, and this barber is prepared for anything with his scissors, rotting tonic, horn polish, and stink wax. It's a tough job, but someone's got to help these creatures maintain their ghoulish good looks. Perfect for Halloween, this is a hilarious story about a boy who follows in his father's footsteps . . . in his own monstrously unique way.

Tops and Bottoms book
#5
Tops and Bottoms
Written and illustrated by Janet Stevens
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

There's definitely some nostalgia here for me, but I absolutely love this book! It has its own folksy feel from the original tales, emphasized and added to by the rich illustrations (this is a Caldecott winner after all!) while still being relevant and modern. Is anyone else loving Father Hare's sweet carrot shirt?! While I don't necessarily condone Father Hare's wily business practices, in the spirit of a true folk tale the deserving are fed and the not so deserving learn a lesson... this time about doing your own hard work.

Hare turns his bad luck around by striking a clever deal with the rich and lazy bear down the road.

Rufus the Writer book
#6
Rufus the Writer
Written by Elizabeth Bram and illustrated by Chuck Groenink
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Goodfather

This a unique tale of storytelling, friendship, and entrepreneurship. Young business minded readers will enjoy seeing Rufus' clever version of the traditional lemonade stand. I love that the story shows young readers that they can innovate using their unique interests and abilities rather than feel obligated to do the same thing that has always been done.

Rather than a lemonade stand, Rufus sets up a story stand one summer and makes a series of trades with his friends--a story for a shell, for a kitten, for a surprise, and one more as a special birthday gift for his sister.

How the Second Grade Got $8,205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty book
#7
How the Second Grade Got $8,205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty
Written by Nathan Zimelman and illustrated by Bill Slavin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

These are some very entrepreneurial kids! The story, told from the perspective of the second-grade treasurer and reporter, is humorous and full of the details and perspective of an elementary child. Fair warning, that the varied entrepreneurial endeavors do get a little long so this is probably best suited for elementary age children with a little longer attention span, who are probably the best audience for the humor anyway.

Chronicles the triumphs and setbacks of the second grade as they try a variety of schemes to raise money for a trip to the Statue of Liberty.

Caps for Sale book
#8
Caps for Sale
Written and illustrated by Esphyr Slobodkina
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Caps for Sale is a timeless classic, in print for over fifty years, and beloved by generations of readers. This easy-to-read story about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity. Children will delight in following the peddlers efforts to outwit the monkeys in this new, enlarged, and redesigned edition, and will ask to read it again and again.

Once Upon a Company book
#9
Once Upon a Company
Written and illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Tells how a seven-year-old boy and his sisters started a wreath-making business which, over the course of six years, grew to include other businesses, marketing, wholesaling, and investing, and netted more than $16,000.

Sammy Startup book
#10
Sammy Startup
Written and illustrated by Jason Harvey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

It's time to handle business with Sammy and his trusty management team as they embark on a new venture. A hot tamale and a meeting in the park provides the team with inspiration for a refreshing new business idea.

Camila's Lemonade Stand book
#11
Camila's Lemonade Stand
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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