I’ve listed some of the books I think can help kids research different career options.

Included are also works of fiction that are fun stories incorporating past, present or futuristic jobs.


Elementary School Students

What I want to beIn When I Grow Up Brian Rogers explores 10 different careers: Firefighter, Navy Seal, Astronaut, Police Officer, Veterinarian, Pilot, Lawyer, Actor, Doctor, and a Teacher. For each of these professions, Brian includes an explanation of what each profession does, a day in the life, training required, and what what the future holds.

Brian also has a series of individual books for each of these careers as well.



In Whose Shoes Are These Laura Purdie Salas describes different shoes workers wear. There are also Whose Tools Are TheseWhose Hat Is This  and  Whose Vehicle Is This


Rosie Engineer

In Rosie Revere Engineer Andrea Beaty tells the story of a young girl who dreams of becoming an engineer. Check out Iggy Peck Architect and Ada Twist Scientist too.


cheese kids

In Who Moved My Cheese Dr. Spencer Johnson and Christian Johnson created an amazing story to help kids adapt to change.


Middle School Students

computer coding

In Computer Coding Jon Woodcock has a degree in physics from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in computational astrophysics from the University of London. In order to share his love for computer games he game up with this innovative workbook that teaches children the basics of computer programming in a fun and creative way.




scratch coding

In Coding with Scratch Jon Woodcock uses Scratch, currently one of the most popular and largest technology trends for children, to teach young coders how to create projects with a focus on animation, loops and movement, and clever control. Jon will walk you through how to download Scratch.





crime scene

In Forensic Science for Kids Karen Schultz provides activities on fingerprinting, evidence collection, blood-stain identification, ballistics, and more. She talks about a career in forensic science. Students can collect dental impressions, studying their classmates’ fingerprints, look at tool marks left at the scene of the crime, analyze mysterious powders, and learn about counterfeit checks. Each lesson includes a realistic case for students to crack using the knowledge they’ve learned about analyzing forensic evidence, and the book also includes an assessment assignment that teachers can employ to test their students’ learning.


kids cooking

In Kid Chef Melina Hammer enrolls kids in culinary school and then talks about what types of skills are needed to succeed as a chef from sharpening knives to prepping ingredients. Melina provides 75+ easy recipes for kids to make, the basics of working in the kitchen covering things like how to safely handle a knife and how to make a grocery list, and finally she provides easy-to-follow recipe tutorials. A must have for for any aspiring chef.


engineering book

In Engineers Solve Problems Reagan Miller introduces kids to the Engineering Design Process and talks about the types of problems engineers look to solve. In addition, Reagan introduces some of the tools engineers use in their job.




engineering solutions

In How Engineers Find Solutions Robin Johnson discusses the process of using different tests to determine the best solution to a problem.




science bood

In Everything Kids Science Experiment Book high school teacher Tom Robinson has created a book filled with experiments for kids to learn about chemistry, biology, weather, physics, and even outer space.





“Christopher Rowe, apprentice to Master Apothecary Benedict Blackthorn, is learning all his master’s secrets—like how to decipher complex codes and puzzles, and how to transform simple ingredients into powerful medicines, potions, and weapons.”

The Blackthorn Key authored by Kevin Sands provides kids the opportunity to learn something about an Apothecary who in modern day would be called a Pharmacist.



Want to b

The I Want To Be series by Dan Liebman provides colorful pictures and description of working adults in different professions. There are 51 books in the series.




Careers in science book

Authored by Diane Lindsey Reeves, Lindsey Clasen, and illustrated by Nancy Bond this book provides self assessments for kids to identify their special traits and then guides them in connecting to careers in science. The career profiles include: archaeologist; chemist; food scientist; nutritionist; oceanographer; robotics technician; science educator; and veterinarian.

Check out all the Career Ideas books by Diane Lindsey.





In So You Want to Work with the Ancient Recent Dead J.M. Bedell explores jobs in the world of  the deceased including jobs like archaeologists, morticians, coroners, and forensic scientists.






In Career As An Astronaut Brian Rogers explores what it’s like to be an Astronaut. Brian includes the training it takes to become an astronaut, what’s easy about the job, what’s hard about the job, and how to become one.





High School Students

careers dummies

In Cool Careers for Dummies Marty Nemko has created this easy-to-use guidebook to help you:

  • Search for and find a career that fits your talents
  • Land the job you want
  • Train for your new found career
  • Improve your career by making the most out of your job
  • Explore the fun and profit of self-employment

In addition, there is a self-assessment section to help you identify your interests. After answering a few questions about yourself, you’ll apply your answers to the Cool Careers Yellow Pages, which profiles more than 500 great careers.


Forensic accounting

Forensic accounting looks at financial records with a critical eye, disregarding what the numbers look like on the surface and determining what they really mean when the entire fiscal picture is pieced together and put into proper prospective. Financial evidence unearthed through the efforts of forensic accountants is usually the most convincing part of a case brought against white-collar criminals involved in fraud, real estate scams, embezzlement, Ponzi schemes, stock manipulation, and other financial swindles. Forensic accountants help bring down drug empires, weapons smugglers, loan sharks, illegal gambling operators, and money launderers.

Note: Click here  to check out all the Institute For Careers Research books.


what color book

In What Color is Your Parachute for Teens authors Carol Christen and Richard Nelson Bolles provide a lot of practical advice on how to identify what career fields might interest teens based on teens thinking about their skills and the types of people they like to be around. They discuss how to set goals and plan accordingly. In addition, they discuss how to best take advantage of high school years.

This is a must read for all teens even if they know what they want to be.


cheese book

In Who Moved My Cheese for Teens Dr. Spencer Johnson helps teens handle and adapt to change as they move through life.






 Any Age


In the write start Jennifer Hallissy believes that writing leads to becoming a great reader and a great student. She has so many awesome ideas how to teach kids from a very early age to write. There are 52 writing projects such as learning letters by touch, how to start a journal, writing signs, creating stories and much more.





In How To Be Wired For Career Success Dr. Evelyn Roberts has written this book to provide advice to kids, parents, career counselors and guardians on navigating the sometimes confusing path for kids to figure out what they want to be. She discusses the different methods kids can use to figure out how to determine what to do in their life. Methods like, figuring out their skills, looking at their personality and how it plays a part in making that all important decision, and career tests that rate aptitude. Then Dr. Roberts provides guidance on how to use all these methods for career success.



Do what you are

Each one of us has our own personality that doesn’t really change a whole lot over time. In Do What You Are Paul Tieger, Barbara Barron, and Kelly Tieger use the simple Type system to guide kids of any age through the process of determining their personality type by looking at the four basic aspects of human personality. Then the authors explore different  careers kids might excel in based on understanding their personality.


























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