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Business Education by Education Librarian

Listed below are selected teacher resources, picture books, and non-fiction related to business education.

Teacher Resources

Introducing economics: A critical guide for teaching, by Mark H. Maier and Julie Nelson

Grades: 9-12. A comprehensive and practical guide that covers the how and why of teaching economics to secondary students. This book focuses on making economics relevant to students by covering real-life topics such as, economics and the environment, the distribution of income and wealth, discrimination, labor unions, globalization, the power of corporations, and more. eBook only.

Grades: 9-12. This book explores subject-specific pedagogy for business, economics, and enterprise education. Includes relevant case studies, reflective questions to guide practice, assessment tools, strategies for differentiation and more. eBook only.

Innovative instructional strategies in business education, edited by Diane J. Fisher

Grades: 10-12. Each chapter tackles a different topic and provides suggestions on how to create innovative, relevant, and engaging business education for students. Topics covered include, utilizing social media, integrating community service in business education, redefining assessment, reimagining finance and accounting, ethics in business, and more. For more in the National Business Education Association yearbook series, click here.

Teaching entrepreneurship: A practice-based approach, by Heidi M. Neck, Patricia G. Greene, and Candida G. Brush

Grades: 11-12. This books takes a practice-based approach to teaching entrepreneurship, focusing specifically on the practices of play, empathy, creation, experimentation, and reflection. Each practice is accompanied by a chapter of exercises that allow students to apply these concepts to case studies and activities.

Picture Books

Lemonade in winter: A book about two kids counting money, written by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

A lemonade stand in winter? Yes, that’s exactly what Pauline and John-John intend to have, selling lemonade and limeade–and also lemon-limeade. With a catchy refrain (Lemon lemon LIME, Lemon LIMEADE! Lemon lemon LIME, Lemon LEMONADE!), they try to attract customers as Pauline adds up their earnings.


Better than a lemonade stand!: Small business ideas for kids, written by Daryl Bernstein, illustrations by Rob Husberg

Grades: 4-8. Provides over 50 simple business ideas for kids that they can execute independently. Encourages kids to get creative and apply concepts such as marketing, financial management, and networking in a fun and interactive way.

Your start-up starts now! A guide to entrepreneurship series, various authors

Grades: 5-8. A series of books which explore the traits, skills, and values that are integral to entrepreneurship, as well as the steps to take to start your own business in different fields of entrepreneurship. Titles in the series include: What is Entrepreneurship?, What is Social Entrepreneurship?, What is Environmental Entrepreneurship?, and What is Digital Entrepreneurship?

Consumer culture, by Craig Harding and Glyn Hughes

Grades: 6-9. Part of the Issues 21 series, which examines contemporary issues in society in order to develop students’ skills in the areas of critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, ethical citizenship and activism. Includes 6 student books and a teacher’s guide.

The accounting game: Basic accounting fresh from the lemonade stand, Darrell Mullis and Judith Orloff

Grades: 10-12. This book makes accounting and the related concepts accessible by using the familiar scenario of running a lemonade stand. Students will be introduced to concepts such as assets, liabilities, inventory, notes payable, and more, and given the chance to apply these concepts through activities and worksheets.

Finding More Resources

To find more resources in this area, try the following:

  • Search using the General tab on the UBC Library website to look for material in all UBC Library branches.
  • Search using “Search Education Resources” box in the left hand bar on the Education Library website to limit your results to materials in the Education Library.
  • Use specific search terms to narrow your results, such as “Entrepreneurship–Juvenile literature”, “Business education”, “Business education–Study and teaching”.
  • To find lesson plans, include “lesson plans”, “lesson planning”, or “activity programs” in your search terms.

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