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Summer Reading: Books About Young Entrepreneurs

Summer Reading: Books About Young Entrepreneurs

Get inspired with these tales of kid-created businesses.


Camila’s Lemonade Stand by Lizzie Duncan

When Camila can't afford a ride on the Ferris wheel, a friend suggests that she start a business to finance her fun.



The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill

Sixth-grader Rufus Mayflower’s determination to save money on toothpaste makes him a millionaire in this breezy guide to capitalism from The Pushcart War author.



Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur by Luke Sharpe

Kid entrepreneur extraordinaire Billy Sure organizes a contest to find the next great kid inventor.



Lunch Money by Andrew Clements

Rivals team up in a mini comic-publishing business that hits a bump when their principal outlaws comic books at school.



Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen

An inherited lawn mower sends an ordinary boy into a whole new tax bracket.




The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

A people-smart boy and his math-smart sister compete to see who can build the most successful lemonade stand empire.



Kristy's Great Idea by Ann M. Martin

Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, and Stacey start their own business, complete with officers, advertising, and a dedicated phone line.



Henry Reed’s Baby-Sitting Service by Keith Robertson

Henry and Midge team up for a summer of baby-sitting for profit in this sequel to Henry Reed, Inc.



Not for a Billion Gazillion Dollars by Paula Danziger

Matthew’s got a million ideas to make big bucks on his summer vacation—but entrepreneurship may be harder than he thought.




This list is adapted from the summer 2016 issue of HSL.