The best picture books about entrepreneurship and jobs for kids

Cathy Ballou Mealey Author Of Sloth and Squirrel in a Pickle
By Cathy Ballou Mealey

Who am I?

I have never picked a peck of pickles, but I have been a crossing guard, pet-sitter, and professional gift-wrapper. I’ve worked in department stores, banks, libraries, colleges, and even a middle school cafeteria. Every job has taught me about the value of hard work, allowed me to pursue a passion, and inspired me to connect with all kinds of people. My current job - picture book author - is my favorite! I write to empower and inspire readers with new ideas and encourage them, like my characters, to succeed by maintaining a positive attitude and a growth mindset!


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Sloth and Squirrel in a Pickle

By Cathy Ballou Mealey, Kelly Collier (illustrator),

Book cover of Sloth and Squirrel in a Pickle

What is my book about?

Slow, sleepy Sloth and speedy, spunky Squirrel want to buy a tandem bicycle so they can go fast on fun adventures together. But the fancy bike is expensive! The two loveable, unlikely friends get jobs to earn bike money, but find they need lots of pickle packing practice. Sloth and Squirrel in a Pickle celebrates teamwork and ingenuity, offering many opportunities to discuss perseverance and growth mindset with humor and heart.

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Lemonade in Winter: A Book about Two Kids Counting Money

By Emily Jenkins, G. Brian Karas (illustrator),

Book cover of Lemonade in Winter: A Book about Two Kids Counting Money

Why this book?

This sister-brother duo decides to earn money by having a lemonade stand, but how can they make their venture a success on an icy winter day? Advertising, entertainment, and a supportive neighborhood all come into play, but what will happen if the two don’t turn a profit? This sweet, citrusy book is especially engaging for kids learning coin values and addition.  


Dirt Cheap

By Mark Hoffmann,

Book cover of Dirt Cheap

Why this book?

Birdie really wants a special soccer ball, the XR1000 Super Extreme. She starts selling dirt at 25 cents per bag, and soon has plenty of customers. While she does earn enough to buy the ball, she inadvertently creates a big problem. She has no yard left for playing soccer! What can she sell next in order to buy new soil for her lawn? This determined, creative soccer star’s story will inspire readers to persevere and amend for any oversights in their entrepreneurial ventures.


Splat the Cat Gets a Job!

By Rob Scotton,

Book cover of Splat the Cat Gets a Job!

Why this book?

When Splat gets a newspaper delivery job, he finds it isn’t easy work! From getting up early and not hitting the snooze button, to tossing the papers accurately onto each neighbor’s doorstep, Splat struggles to succeed. Splat’s good friend Kitten helps him invent solutions for each and every challenge, and their teamwork ultimately saves the day. This easy reader encourages kids to ask for help and find solutions to their problems while still getting the job done.


Vinny Gets a Job

By Terry Brodner,

Book cover of Vinny Gets a Job

Why this book?

Vinny the dog is determined to find the perfect job in the big city. But washing dishes in a restaurant doesn’t mean licking the plates, watering the florist’s plants isn’t done by lifting his leg, and guarding the dinosaur bones at the museum doesn’t mean holding them in his teeth! Despite his initial errors, Vinny does find a job that is just right. Filled with humor, this book is also terrific for introducing map reading skills as Vinny crisscrosses the city.


What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur?

By Rana Diorio, Emma D. Dryden, Ken Min (illustrator)

Book cover of What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur?

Why this book?

This book introduces the concept of entrepreneurship by encouraging kids to act as creative problem-solvers. Rae is inspired to invent a dog cleaning techno-solution after witnessing a sticky spill. Simple text with a story told in pictures, this is an upbeat resource for the youngest Shark Tank fans, focusing on the curiosity, courage, and risk-taking components necessary for a new business to succeed.


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