These career books for kids help them explore different careers to get a bigger idea about what people really do all day. These children’s books are interesting and answer so many questions about particular careers. These books may even inspire ideas about a career they haven’t thought about.
Children have such curiosity and they are filled with questions. Reading is one way to help children explore and understand on a deeper level. Children may wonder “What Do People Do All Day?” and they start developing ideas about who they want to be when they grow up.
Introduce diverse careers to your kids with these children’s books recommended by the professionals they hope to be! Whether they are exploring jobs because Career Day is quickly approaching or you want to introduce them to various career options, these career books for children are great options.
Books For Classroom Leaders
Some kids are inspired by their teacher so they hope to be a teacher when they grow up! Thank You, Mr. Falker, by Patricia Polacco, doesn’t cover only basic classroom stuff but enlightens kids what it’s like to help a student who has trouble reading. As a classroom teacher myself, I saw many of my students really related to this story from their own experiences in school. This book shows how a teacher can truly change a life. This is a book we personally have in our library!
Books for Kids Who Love to Cook
Do you know a child who loves to help in the kitchen? This book is perfect for those little foodies, with cute illustrations and simple text. Chefs and What They Do, by Liesbet Slegers, explains what happens in a restaurant kitchen before the food hits the table. Buddy Valastro aka “The Cake Boss” use to read this book to his youngest son.
Books for Kids Who Love Animals
I love this book for inspiring children who are interested in being a vet! It has an important message about believing in yourself and overcoming fears. The main character in Lisette the Vet can’t wait to meet the class pet, Fluffy. She gets a BIG surprise when he’s not the pet that she expected! Spoiler alert…he’s a tarantula!
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist. Eugenie Clark fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium. She couldn’t imagine anything more exciting than studying these graceful creatures. But Eugenie quickly discovered that many people believed sharks to be ugly and scary―and they didn’t think women should be scientists.
And there’s also I Want to be a Veterinarian: My Make-Believe Career Play Set. This play set allows young animal lovers to realize a dream come true by practicing taking care of animals. Upon opening the book, children will delight in discovering that the three-panel stand is a veterinarian’s exam room.
Books for the Engineer
A New York Times bestselling picture book about pursuing one’s passion and persistence and learning to celebrate each failure on the way to one’s dreams. Rosie Revere, Engineer is an inspiring book about how Rosie dreamed of becoming a great engineer.
Margaret and the Moon is another great book! Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. She knew how many miles it was to the moon. She loved studying algebra and geometry and calculus and using math to solve problems in the outside world. Soon math led her to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on the moon! She handwrote code that would allow the spacecraft’s computer to solve any problems it might encounter.
For the Artist
This award-winning picture book biography for the elementary grades is a remarkable introduction to the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the concept of self-expression in art. This book discusses not only his strong pull towards art as a child, but how he listens and answers that pull by drawing morning, noon, and night.
Children’s Books About Space
In My Journey to the Stars, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly was the first to spend an entire year in space! Discover his awe-inspiring journey in this fascinating picture book memoir (the perfect companion to his adult book Endurance) that takes readers from Scott’s childhood as an average student to his record-breaking year among the stars.
For the Future Doctor
Ben Carson was made fun of for not being the smartest kid in his class. Today he is one of the world’s most brilliant surgeons. Gifted Hands Kids Edition tells the extraordinary true story of an angry, young boy from the inner city who, through faith and determination, grew up to become one of the world’s leading pediatric neurosurgeons. When Ben was in school, his peers called him the class dummy. But his mother encouraged him to succeed, and Ben discovered a deep love of learning. Ben found that anything is possible with trust and determination.
For the Child Who Wants to Wear Many Career Hats
ABC What Can She Be? is a book that pairs
When I Grow Up is an entertaining book that many ages can appreciate. “Weird Al” Yankovic’s story brings wit, wordplay, and silliness to the story that explores the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s funny and charming and celebrates the endless possibility of careers.
Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do is a fun book for kids to take turns guessing the career. Each clothesline shows the uniform and tools for a different job and gives the children a chance to guess before turning to the next page with the answer
What Shoes Will You Wear
You’re never too young to dream about your future! In What Shoes Will You Wear, Myrtle and
Encouraging kids to read books that discuss specific careers can teach them more about the many jobs that are available. It gives them choices that they may not even know exist. Also, they can develop a new appreciation for those working in our very own