The best middle grade books about kids starting businesses

Heather Alexander Author Of Eat Bugs: Project StartUp #1
By Heather Alexander

The Books I Picked & Why

Chirp

By Kate Messner

Book cover of Chirp

Why this book?

I’m a huge fan of Kate Messner’s writing, and this book hooked me with the title–and then I found out that it’s about a cricket farm! Bugtastic! Mia has just moved to Vermont so her family can be closer to her grandmother and suspects that someone is trying to sabotage her grandmother’s cricket farm. Can she find the culprit and help save the business? The book is a mystery but also a story of finding your voice.


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Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid

By Mikaila Ulmer

Book cover of Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid

Why this book?

I had so many lemonade stands when I was a kid but mine never became a million-dollar business (not even close!)!  If only I’d had Mikaela’s book (and determination) back then... I loved her story of being a kid entrepreneur and her relatable advice for building a purpose-driven, bug-based company. Like the women my book Eat Bugs is based upon, Mikaela got a deal on Shark Tank too.


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J.D. and the Great Barber Battle

By J. Dillard, Akeem S. Roberts

Book cover of J.D. and the Great Barber Battle

Why this book?

Third-grader J.D. has the entrepreneurial and problem-solving spirit I adore. Great at cutting hair, he starts a barbershop in his bedroom! But when the town barbershop loses business because J.D’s charging less than they do, they challenge him to a barber battle. The story made me laugh out loud and cheer for J.D.


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Katie the Catsitter

By Colleen Af Venable, Stephanie Yue

Book cover of Katie the Catsitter

Why this book?

In this purr-fectly irresistible graphic novel, twelve-year-old Katie wants to earn money so she can go to summer camp with her best friend and starts a catsitting business for her mysterious upstairs neighbor. The problem? The woman has 217 cats! And that’s not all...the cats have superpowers! And the neighbor may be a notorious supervillian! Talk about a tough job! I laughed, cheered, and crossed my fingers for Katie!


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Kristy's Great Idea: A Graphic Novel (the Baby-Sitters Club #1)

By Ann M. Martin, Raina Telgemeier

Book cover of Kristy's Great Idea: A Graphic Novel (the Baby-Sitters Club #1)

Why this book?

Who doesn’t love Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, and Stacey and their babysitting adventures? I was also an in-demand suburban babysitter when I was their age and I only wish I’d thought to join forces with my friends when I was scrambling for a new way to stop a kid from crying or fresh ideas to make bedtime fun. This is the ultimate best-friends-who-start-a-business book! And as a full-color graphic novel, the drama and the humor soar to new heights.


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