There are plenty of children’s books out there in the world. They are filled with bright colors, brave heroes, funny rhymes, and easy explanations. They are written to teach, to inspire, and to entertain.
And, there are plenty of books out there about accounting and money. These books usually are not filled with bright pictures or easy explanations. On the contrary, they are often dense with small black and white print and they are usually full of technical jargon.
I decided to go searching for accounting books for children. First, out of curiosity to see if they existed. So often the careers in children’s books consist of firefighters, doctors, and deep sea divers–are there any books that show the heroism of the accountant? Second, as a visual learner myself, I was hoping to find books that might explain some of the trickier concepts of accounting in an easier to understand manner–with lots of pictures.
Not surprisingly there aren’t too many children’s books written about accounting, but I did find a few good ones, as well as some other children’s books about finance and starting a business. So, whether you are looking for birthday presents, Christmas gifts, or just a new book to read with your family, check out one of these:
7 Accounting Books Your Kids Should Read
(and you probably should too)
1. Alan the Accountant by Jinky Fox
This book, was written by Jinky Fox, and published by UK publishing company, The Flaneur, in 2010. It is published in a format for iPhones. It’s main character is an accountant named Alan, and the book is part of a series that will focus on careers not usually found in children’s books.
2. A Little Accounting: Accounting basics for babies, kids, and new accountants by J Mobley
A Little Accounting has a 5-star rating on Amazon, and it is available in both Kindle and paperback format. Featuring colorful pictures and rhymes, this book is definitely targeted toward a younger age group, but newbies in the accounting field can also appreciate its simplified information.
3. The Accounting Game: Basic Accounting Fresh from the Lemonade Stand by Darrell Mullis and Judith Orloff
Published in 2008, this is an incredibly popular book. The catch is that it’s not actually meant for children. The book is targeted toward adults, and the authors promise in their introduction, “…you will learn a college semester’s worth of accounting in the time it takes you to interact with this book.”
Despite being an adult book, it’s easy to understand lemonade stand analogy and bright pictures are not a mistake made by the authors. It is an intended strategy to help their readers learn better by allowing the readers to “…participate, interact, and discover….”
4. Finance 101 for Kids: Money Lessons Children Cannot Afford to Miss by Walter Andal
The purpose of this book is to help kids learn some basic information about money. The book covers earning money, saving money, what credit is, budgeting, and it even introduces the stock market. The book has a fair amount of text, but it is written in a conversational manner and it contains cartoon drawings to help explain concepts.
5. How to Turn $100 into $1,000,000 by James McKenna, Jeannine Glista, and Matt Fontaine
It may be a print book, but it definitely has a click-bait-y title, doesn’t it? The Amazon description states, “Written in a humorous but informative voice that engages young readers, it’s the book that every parent who wants to raise financially savvy and unspoiled children should buy for their kids.” While this may not directly be about accounting, the book covers concepts such as budgeting and business plans that are important to anyone interested in the business world.
6. Kid Start-Up: How YOU Can Become an Entrepreneur by Mark Cuban, Shaan Patel, and Ian McCue
With 4 out of 5 stars, and almost 50 ratings on Amazon, it is safe to say that parents and kids alike are fans of this book. All three authors have experience with successful entrepreneurship and now they are encouraging a younger generation along the same path. And, kids don’t even have to wait to start a business–the can start now! The book gives business ideas for kids and explains how to be an entrepreneur.
7. The Children Learn Business Series by Philip Fanara
This 18-book series covers a wide variety of topics that all deal with a different aspect of business such as supply and demand, cash flow, debits and credits, and marketing strategies. Each book is titled after a different member of the business team, and accounting made the list! Look for Aiden the Accountant: Credits and Debits. The books are written in a cartoon type format and are very easy to read and follow.
Did we miss any? Please let us know in the comments! If you are looking for more financial advice, contact us at Lumen Advisory and Finance!