A lot of parents (myself included) are always looking for ways to expand our children’s mind – especially when it comes to entrepreneurship. If you are eager to teach your kids about being a business owner, there are a few books that stand out. I sat down with Eevi Jones, an award winning & bestselling children’s book author, and the founder of Children’s Book University™, to get her take on what makes a children’s book great for budding entrepreneurs. She has extensive experience turning complex business concepts into lessons even a 5-year-old can grasp.
“People often assume entrepreneurial books for kids have to be about making money,” says Jones. “But a fun and creative entrepreneurial children’s story focuses on the values that help kids become good entrepreneurs. For younger kids, fiction books—where the lessons are nicely tucked into the story—are more memorable and these are the ones they’ll ask to read over and over again.”
Planting entrepreneurial seeds early can be highly rewarding for kids. Being exposed to these concepts and ideas during their most formative years means the deeply ingrained knowledge will be theirs for life. Empowering our little ones with nuggets of wisdom found in these children’s books is one of the best ways to help them become brave and strong to venture out into the world following their own dreams.
Here are Jones’s top five picks for entrepreneurial children’s books.
1. The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein
“Making mistakes (and being okay with it) is such an important part of being an entrepreneur,” says Jones. “It’s through errors that we grow and learn. This little book reminds readers that it’s more important to enjoy the things we do rather than worrying about doing them perfectly all the time. Letting go, moving on, and trying again are all mantras of successful entrepreneurs.”
MORE FOR YOU
2. The Unicorn Who Sold Zero Cupcakes by Brenda Li
“What entrepreneur hasn’t struggled with sales? This cute read shares what it takes to finally sell those yummy cupcakes, while emphasizing the importance of problem-solving and persistence. Unicorn and his friend set a great example of how to handle early rejection and how to use creativity to propel yourself forward,” notes Jones.
3. My Auntie is a Writer by Eevi Jones
“All entrepreneurs are writers. We’re busy building our businesses by sharing our stories through blogs, Instagram posts, sales copy and weekly newsletter to our subscribers,” explains Jones. “This rhyming story shares the craft with little readers through the eyes of a little girl curious about her aunt’s profession. It will spark children’s imagination and creativity—and help them understand early on how powerful the written word truly can be.”
4. Whoever Heard of a Flying Bird? by David Cunliffe
“Doing things no one has ever thought of before – sound familiar? A little bird is determined to overcome failure and self-doubt to reach the much desired fruit high up on the trees. Mirroring an entrepreneur’s stoney path that’s filled with trials and errors, this book emphasizes the importance of believing in oneself—even if others do not,” says Jones.
5. The Treehouse Trio by Lauren Eresman
“A little trio of friends foster and share an entrepreneurial spirit in young readers. Their story shows that, sometimes, it isn’t necessarily the first or even second business idea that will lead to success. When it comes to finding that right business idea, it’s all about our imagination and persistence, no matter how hard times get,” notes Jones.
So grab one of these books, curl up with your kiddo and get their little minds spinning!