Add these popular business books for teens to your older kids’ reading list to teach some valuable life skills. When you think of the best books for middle school, this genre should definitely be one you consider.
When teens read books like these, they learn principles of leadership and gain a growth mindset that will be immensely valuable to their success, both now and in the future.
All great leaders have one thing in common – they’re readers. Are you raising a leader?
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Popular Business Books for Teens
The titles below, if read and implemented, will impact your teen in a powerful way. Through these books, older kids will have the opportunity to discover new passions, build crucial interpersonal skills, learn what leadership really looks like, and see what it means to dream big.
It’s never too early to inspire your kids to do great things.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers by Sean Covey
Full of real-life stories, this book aims to give teens tools they’ll need to be successful throughout their lives. With sections on time management, leadership, goal setting, and other life skills, teens are shown how to make important decisions and take responsibility for their actions.
I love that the book demonstrates the kind of thinking that will get you nowhere – blaming, entitlement, laziness, and procrastination, but turns around and shows successful attitudes and actions.
When paired with discussion, this is a great book to help your kids learn some important and powerful life skills.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This classic book should be a must-read for everyone, including our older kids.
In this book, Dale Carnegie shows you how to make friends by essentially becoming a better one yourself. Chapters on being a conversationalist, investing in others, and how to make a good impression will be relevant to teens no matter what field they find themselves in.
And what teen doesn’t want to know how to gain support from others and eventually win them over to their way of thinking?
There is also a whole section on how to become a great leader. With plenty of practical advice and real-life examples, your teen will see the importance of compassionate leadership.
If you want your teen to be an influencer, this is an important book to read.
The Richest Kids In America by Mark Victor Hansen
Is your teen interested in becoming an entrepreneur? If so, this is a great book for them to read because it’s all about kids who are running their own businesses and getting wealthy doing it.
Inside, the kids share how they discovered their passions, the roads they took to get started, and how they found the support they needed. One part of the book I found quite interesting was how all of the young entrepreneurs worked to make their communities a better place by giving back. Very inspirational!
This book is a great tool for motivating your kids and encouraging them to reach for more than a job.
It’s never too early to think about starting a business. In fact, kids all around the world are making money by using their talents and hobbies and so can your teens. Through this book, they’ll learn about almost every aspect of starting and running a business, whether virtual or physical. Topics like researching what business is right for you and fills a need, developing a business plan, raising capital, hiring help, marketing, and more. Inside, there are helpful exercises teens can complete along with tons of practical advice that will show kids how to become entrepreneurs.
Encourage your teen to dream big by taking their interests and turning them into a successful business.
The Success Principles for Teens: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield and Kent Healy
Success means something different to everyone. Some teens define success as being a good student, a better athlete, making more money, starting a business, or just feeling like they’ve got it together. Does your teen dream of being successful? If so, has he actually set concrete goals? Does he know what success will look like for him? Sadly, this is where many fail. They have the desire but don’t know what they’re aiming for or the roadmap to get there.
In this book, teens will learn 23 proven strategies they can use to set and reach their goals. They’ll learn how to take control of their future instead of just letting it happen. Teens will see that with the right tools and some courage, they can reach even the biggest goals they set for themselves.
What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens by Carol Christen, Richard N. Bolles
The classic book that has helped countless adults figure out their next steps in life has now been adapted for teens.
Inside are tools to help your teen discover subjects they’re passionate about, helping them make more informed decisions regarding college and potentially their dream job. While going through the included exercises, teens will find out where their strengths lie and possibly how to turn a hobby or interest into a field of study.
Because this book is written for teens, there’s also information about internships, using social media wisely and to your advantage, and how to handle job interviews.
If your teen is considering college but doesn’t really know what he wants to study, this book should definitely be on your bookshelf.
Books like these are wonderful tools to use in your home school. It’s never too early to get your teen thinking about their future. If you haven’t already begun, now is the perfect time to start working on the skills they’ll need to be successful as they move through life.
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Technology Can Help Get Your Teen Reading
Do you love the idea of expanding your child’s reading list, but getting her to sit down with a book ends up being a hassle? Consider switching over to audiobooks. They’re a lifesaver for some families, including those who love “reading” together. Kids can listen on their devices or you can play books in the car as you travel together.
If you haven’t ventured into electronic books with your tween yet (whether audiobooks or a Kindle), I encourage you to consider it, especially if you want to raise enthusiastic readers. When you embrace the format that fits your child best, ultimately, it will help them get swept up in a great story. And bonus, some classic stories can be download for free to Kindle devices.
Which one of these business books for teens is your family most excited about?