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Books For Budding Entrepreneurs: Celebrate Small Business Saturday

Follow some successful entrepreneurs in their journey toward success or read stories about children who made their dreams of running a business a reality.
on November 23, 2015
 

As we move into the holiday season, I always try to stress to my kids the importance of patronizing small businesses. It’s not always easy, especially when so many of the bigger stores offer huge discounts and sales.

Visiting craft fairs, holiday bazaars, and in-home parties is one way to celebrate those entrepreneurs among us, though. And before you go, talk to your kids about the work that goes into each and every product, from purchasing supplies to creating merchandise, to pricing items and wrapping them.

It’s no easy feat.

Here are a few books, both nonfiction and fiction, that are worth picking up if you have a budding entrepreneur on your hands.

Nonfiction:


Rags to Riches: People Who Started Businesses from Scratch by Nathan Aaseng


Walt Disney: The Man Behind the Magic
by Tamra B. Orr


American Entrepreneurship
by Wil Mara


Bill Gates: Revised
by Jeanne M. Lesinski


Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak: Geek Heroes Who Put the Personal in Computers
by Mike Venezia

Or fiction:


The Baby-sitter’s Club #1: Kristy’s Great Idea
by Ann M. Martin 


Not for a Billion Gazillion Dollars
by Paula Danzinger


Lawn Boy
by Gary Paulsen


The Lemonade War
by Jacqueline Davies


Just Ask Iris
by Lucy Frank


The King of Mulberry Street
by Donna Jo Napoli

What books are missing from this list? Which other books are great for young entrepreneurs to read and enjoy?

Share your ideas on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, or find Amy on twitter, @teachmama, and let’s continue the conversation!

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