I was really excited when my first daughter got past the board book stage (I have the whole Sandra Boynton collection memorized) and into longer form books. Don't get me wrong I have my Ludacris-Llama-Llama moments, too (hello, Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb) but sometimes I would just get so bored and want to teach my sweet child and show her how beautiful and magical the world can be.
Of course with having an entrepreneurial mindset I also wanted her to catch the bug. The books below I think are great starts on raising an entrepreneur (or at least a child that's not afraid to fail).
Is There Really a Human Race? - Jamie Lee Curtis really brings it on this one in talking to kids and their parents at the same time. I walk away from it feeling uplifted, every time. Sloane loves the illustrations and asks me to read every baby picture name on the back pages. I love the overall message that the "rat race" is something that we make up and to keep a little perspective on what's really important - people and being kind.
Gum Stand Gumption - Candace M. Ludlow. I don't know any kid who hasn't wanted to try their hand at a lemonade stand and this sweet girl does just that, but with gum. A great way to teach your kiddos entrepreneurship, how to pivot, brainstorm and meet market demands - not to mention some basic math shortcuts. I love it.
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls - Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. Rock stars, spies, pirates, revolutionaries. This book features strong women from all over the world, from all ages and all walks of life overcoming obstacles and really going for it. We read this at least once a week, I'm always suggesting it to Sloane.
Rosie Revere, Engineer - Andrea Beaty. This book teaches your precious ones that curiosity and persistence is all you need. Also, I'm obsessed with the illustrator David Roberts. I cry every time in the part where Rosie makes a heli-o-cheese-copter that flies for one second and then crashes, she's embarrassed but her Aunt Rose is thrilled:
“You did it! Hooray! It’s the perfect first try!
This great flop is over. It’s time for the next!”
Young Rosie was baffled, embarrassed, perplexed.
“I failed,” said dear Rosie. “It’s just made of trash.
Didn’t you see it? The cheese-copter crashed.”
“Yes!” said her great aunt. It crashed That is true.
But first it did just what it needed to do.
Before it crashed Rosie, before that, it flew!”
What are some of your favorite children books to read? Would love to hear!