The best kids’ books about supply chain management and other behind-the-scenes ways the world works

Why am I passionate about this?

I spent 10+ years in supply chain and analytics, but now I tell the stories that data doesn’t. I love exposing the hidden logic that makes the world work. Correction: I love discovering the hidden logic that makes the world work, and what I figure out, I love to share. Whether it’s getting kids interested in supply chain (e.g., how the things in the Amazon package actually get to their mailbox) or shedding light on corporate absurdity in funny novels (e.g., Firebrand), I figure that the more we can pull back the curtain and look behind the scenes, the more we can understandand appreciatethe world around us.


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Supply Jane & Fifo Fix the Flow: A Supply Chain and Logistics Adventure for Kids

By Megan Preston Meyer, Aneta Amersdorffer (illustrator),

Book cover of Supply Jane & Fifo Fix the Flow: A Supply Chain and Logistics Adventure for Kids

What is my book about?

Rhett Taylor's mineral water is in high demand, but this year, his fountains are drying up. Supply Jane and Fifo step in to help, taking Rhett further and further upstream. Can they find the problem and fix the flow?

Supply Jane & Fifo Fix the Flow teaches kids about the supply chain, from retail to distribution to production to raw materials. It encourages systems thinking, problem-solving, and process mindset while being filled with fun—and dragons! It’s a perfect complement to traditional STEM offerings (as are the rest of the Supply Jane & Fifo Adventures), and it’s a great way for parents to approach the 'Here’s what Mommy does all day at work' conversation.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of The Little Yellow Digger and the Big Ship

Megan Preston Meyer Why did I love this book?

Besides being a really cute book in its own right (any time there are cat cameos in the illustrations, I’m excited), I just really like the fact that this book exists.

Peter Gilderdale already had a whole series on the Little Yellow Digger, so when the Ever Given got stuck in the Suez Canal a few years ago, he, like the eponymous digger, was perfectly positioned. And he nailed it!

This book leaves kids with some great messages: when you find yourself in the right place at the right time, don’t hesitate; and even if you’re small, you can still make a big difference.

By Peter Gilderdale, Fifi Colston (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Little Yellow Digger and the Big Ship as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

While the people puzzled how to shift a boat this BIG, a little yellow digger came and just began to dig. Inspired by the TRUE STORY of a giant container ship wedged in a tight spot and blocking one of the busiest waterways in the world, this playful addition to the classic series sees the world's favourite LITTLE YELLOW DIGGER come to the rescue-again!


Book cover of Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day?

Megan Preston Meyer Why did I love this book?

Richard Scarry books are nostalgic gold. There’s so much going on on every page, and I remember it all like it was yesterday (which it probably was, because half of the illustrations are on Twitter as memes).

The little vignettes cover all the traditional kids’ book themes—firemen, policemen, ship voyages, road construction—but then go further. Everyone is a Worker talks about how money flows through the economy, and Wood & How We Use It discusses a supply chain, from raw materials to production and manufacturing to transportation (albeit in grossly unrealistic trucks). 

By Richard Scarry,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day? as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 3, 4, 5, and 6.


Book cover of The Berenstain Bears and the Summer Job

Megan Preston Meyer Why did I love this book?

The Berenstain Bears are nostalgic silver (they get 2nd place because there aren’t as many memes). I especially like ...and the Summer Job because the lessons are so timeless: cause and effect can sometimes be muddy; one must be patient and able to deal with uncertainty; and the joy of a job well done can be a reward in itself.

Even if your kids are too young to be thinking about summer jobs yet (although check those child-labor laws, because they vary by state…), it’s never too early to plant the seeds of a solid work ethic.

Book cover of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Megan Preston Meyer Why did I love this book?

Sometimes, things that are mainstream-popular are mainstream-popular for a reason. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site may be the Starbucks of big-truck-oriented kidlit, but every once in a while, you just want a nice, reliable $7 latte instead of a matcha-oat-single-origin-barista-art-cortado out of a chipped vintage teacup.

And, sometimes, your kids want the same book they read at daycare with their friends instead of one of Mom or Dad’s gold or silver nostalgia trips. Luckily, GGCS lives up to its best-selling reputation: it rhymes, the illustrations are pretty, and the dump truck is a girl. It just goes to show that, sometimes, a book doesn’t have to be old to be a classic.

By Sherri Duskey Rinke, Tom Lichtenheld (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The #1 New York Times bestselling children's book now available in board book!

An unabridged board book for kids version of the bestselling, best-beloved hardcover, perfect for small hands! Even the roughest, toughest readers will want to turn off their engines, rest their wheels, and drift to sleep with this sweet and soothing story. Vibrant illustrations and gentle rhyming text make this construction book for kids a surefire bedtime favorite for truck-crazy kids everywhere.

Can't get enough of these tough trucks? The long-awaited sequel to this bestselling book series, Mighty, Mighty, Construction Site, is now available for preorder!


Book cover of There's No Such Thing as a Dragon

Megan Preston Meyer Why did I love this book?

This book is not about supply chain, but it is about dragons, and it definitely talks about a behind-the-scenes phenomenon that we see in the world. This is one of those lessons-wrapped-in-a-story books that I think are so effective… you don’t know you’re learning a universal truth about human nature until it jumps up cutely and breathes fire in your face.

In this case, the truth is that refusing to recognize the reality of an unpleasant situation will only make it worse. It’s better to name the dragon in the room and discuss it courageously instead of making blanket statements about why it doesn’t and can’t exist. At the end of the day, acknowledging our shared reality and talking about our struggles is something we can all get better at... because we, like dragons, just want to be seen.

By Jack Kent,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked There's No Such Thing as a Dragon as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 3, 4, 5, and 6.

What is this book about?

A story for every kid who wants a pet dragon!

When Billy Bixbee finds a tiny dragon in his bedroom, his mom tells him, “There’s no such thing as a dragon!” This only makes the dragon get bigger. He grows, and grows, and grows, until he’s bigger than Billy’s house—and that’s just the beginning!

A funny, madcap story and playful illustrations by beloved author-illustrator Jack Kent pair in a book that will have children wondering if maybe friendly pet dragons do exist after all!


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Rip Current

By Sharon Ward,

Book cover of Rip Current

Sharon Ward Author Of In Deep

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Why am I passionate about this?

Even as a kid, I was intrigued by the underwater world, so as an adult, I learned to scuba dive. I took to it like a fish to water, and my husband and I spent the next several years traveling to tropical islands to experience the local dive conditions whenever possible. I loved learning how every island had a different culture and a different undersea environment. Since I love tropical islands, scuba diving, mysteries, and adventure stories, these books really hit my sweet spot.

Sharon's book list on mysteries set on a tropical island

What is my book about?

Unsettled weather has caused life-threatening rip currents to sprout up seemingly at random in the usually tranquil sea around Grand Cayman. Despite posted warnings to stay out of the surf, several women lose their life when caught in the turbulent waters. Fin attempts some dangerous rescues, and nearly loses her own life in the process.

Meanwhile, Fin and the team at RIO are struggling to find more sources of funding for the Institute’s important research, and danger arises from an unexpected source while Fin and hot movie star Rafe Cummings are filming an upcoming documentary. When a young internet influencer goes missing and is feared drowned, Fin realizes that someone lured all the dead women into the dangerous rip currents. But who, and why?

Rip Current

By Sharon Ward,

What is this book about?

Unsettled weather has caused life-threatening rip currents to sprout up seemingly at random in the usually tranquil sea around Grand Cayman. Despite posted warnings to stay out of the surf, several women lose their life when caught in the turbulent waters. Fin attempts some dangerous rescues, and nearly loses her own life in the process.
Meanwhile, Fin and the team at RIO are struggling to find more sources of funding for the Institute’s important research, and danger arises from an unexpected source while Fin and hot movie star Rafe Cummings are filming an upcoming documentary.
Soon after a young internet…


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