Raising Entrepreneurial Girls

3 NON-FICTION BOOKS TO READ AFTER YOUR GIRL HAS BEEN INSPIRED BY THE STARTUP SQUAD

These non-fiction books provide useful startup tips for budding entrepreneurs.

Your girl read The Startup Squad and can’t wait to start her own business. Awesome! Now what? We’ve got lots of resources for girls and adults on our website including interviews with other girlpreneurs, tip sheets, activity kits, and other book recommendations.  But these three non-fiction books can also help her turn her inspiration into a corporation (well, maybe not that far but you get the point). These books are fun to read, offer easy-to-follow advice, and encourage young girls (and even adults!) to turn their passion into a business.

KIDPRENEURS: YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS WITH BIG IDEAS! BY ADAM TOREN AND MATTHEW TOREN

Recommended for ages 7+. The Toren brothers’ kid-friendly book reminds young readers that the best time to plan for the future is ‘right now.’ The authors also do a good job in simplifying and translating some of the complexities of the grown-up world and its business concepts without intimidating readers. One of the book’s chapters describes in detail seven sample business plans that kids can recreate, including the timeless favorite, the Lemonade Stand. Even though it only has 60ish pages, the book is packed with interactive forms and fun quizzes to make young readers think on their feet and ensure they absorb the life lessons that entrepreneurship imparts.

KID START-UP: HOW YOU CAN BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR BY MARK CUBAN, SHAAN PATEL, AND IAN MCCUE

Recommended for ages 9-12. Serial entrepreneur and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban, together with other successful entrepreneurs Shaan Patel of Prep Expert and 17-year-old Ian McCue of Spark Skill, share the importance of entrepreneurial thinking in their book, Kid Start-up: How YOU Can Become an Entrepreneur. Conversational in tone, the book comes with step-by-step diagrams, illustrations, business plans for ten businesses any kids can start, and innovative activities that are interactive and engaging. Kid interviews are bonuses that everyone can appreciate and pick up practical advice from. What’s more, one of the book’s important messages, “The end goal of any business is to help people,” is pretty clear in all chapters and reminds young entrepreneurs that running a business is much more fulfilling when you’re helping others.

A SMART GIRL’S GUIDE: MONEY: HOW TO MAKE IT, SAVE IT, AND SPEND IT FROM AMERICAN GIRL, WRITTEN BY NANCY HOLYOKE, ILLUSTRATED BY BRIGETTE BARRAGER

Recommended for ages 9-12. Money management is a crucial skill that every entrepreneur should master. American Girl’s Smart Girl’s Guide on Money presents simple but impactful money-saving tips that can keep any girl’s budget on track. Fun-to-answer quizzes in eye-catching designs teach girls that they can make money and have fun at the same time. And a list of 101 money making ideas can help your girl find a business to match her passions. The book also has sections about smart shopping, budgeting, and saving money provide lessons that go beyond entrepreneurship.

 

The Startup Squad has provided the inspiration, basic information, and aspiration for your girlpreneur. These three books can help take her business to the next level. Be sure to check out our other entrepreneur-themed book recommendations here, and slew of real-life success stories in our Girls Mean Business blog that can inspire and motivate your girl to start her own business.

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