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Best Books for Teens About Money

Check out these great reads to learn more about money and personal finance!


Money: it’s something you’ll always need. Whether you are a teen with an allowance, a high school student with a part-time job, or a broke kid who wants more cash – you need to learn how to handle money. 

That’s why we put together a list of our favorite money books for teens. Because finance is like a language. And it’s much easier to learn a new language when you’re young than if you wait until you’re an adult. If you want to understand the world of money and master your personal finances, then these books are for you.

Books About Choosing a Career

You’re a teen. How are you supposed to know what you want to do for the rest of your life? The truth is that you can’t choose blindly, without more information. If you want to make a smart decision about your career, take a look at The Occupational Handbook. This insightful publication by the Bureau of Labor Statistics tells you all about the different jobs that are out there, so you can begin to explore them.

Books About Earning Money

Many teens think they have to wait until they graduate college to start earning money. Kid Start-Up is the book that’s here to prove that you’re not too young to earn those Benjamins! Written by Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban, the words in this book could be the key that unlocks your future success in business.

The next recommendation is not your parents’ money books. It’s a fun read written just for your age group: Rich Dad Poor Dad For Teens. But don’t be fooled by this pocket-sized book. It’s packed with knowledge on earning money and even smaller than your phone, so you can carry it everywhere you go!

Got a great business idea? A hobby that could easily turn into money in the bank? Learn how to earn your own money with The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business. It’s practical, but it’s also inspiring and interesting. Everything you’re looking for to get that business of yours started.

If step-by-step is more of your jam, check out 10 Steps to Your First Small Business. Literally, 10 steps is all it takes and you’ll be on your way to business success. Of course, you already know that with business success come the big buckaroos!

Books About Entrepreneurship

Ideas, activities, and marketing plans. Teen Entrepreneur Toolkit is the real deal. The full package. Everything you need to get that biz off the ground and get some hands-on experience in the world of entrepreneurship.

Learning from the best is what you get with Strictly Business: How to Crush It as a Young Entrepreneur. Written by a young entrepreneur, this book is a reflection of the author’s experience and the knowledge he acquired from doing the work himself. Now, he has put it all in a book for you to soak up the know-how and experience, and apply it to your own business.

Start It Up is the little push you need to get that business going. Right off the bat, the book starts with a quiz that’ll help you find your niche. And once you know who you’re selling to and what you’ve got to offer, the world of business is your oyster. Get this book, get out there, and make your dreams happen.

We get it, starting a business can feel intimidating. You know who else gets it? Warren Buffet, himself. Probably the most famous business person in all history. And he created How to Start Your Very First Business to guide you through this important milestone. It’s the next best thing to having Mr. Buffet as your business coach.

If you want to start a business, you’ve got to Be a Young Entrepreneur. And this book teaches you just how to do that. It’ll help you find customers, solve problems that come up along the way, tap into your resources, and much more. It’s a comprehensive guide for teens who want to start a business the right way.

Books About Investing

If you’re a money-minded teen, you know that investing is the way to make your money grow. With The Teenage Investor, you’ll learn the ins and outs of investing as a teenager. It answers all your questions and teaches you everything you need to build a solid portfolio that’s age-appropriate for young investors like yourself.

There’s a lot to learn about the stock market before diving into investments. The Modern Guide to Stock Market Investing for Teens is there to help you along the way, so you can understand what investments are and how they can help you unlock your wealth.

This one’s a true eye-opener: A Teenager’s Guide to Investing in the Stock Market. By demystifying investments, showing you what they can do for you, and presenting the power of delayed gratification this book is the first step toward your financial independence.

Want to have more money than the previous generation? The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens can help you achieve that! 8 simple steps is all it takes to make investing part of your life. And in this book, you can have fun while doing it.

Investing is actually doable. Not a lofty goal or something that’s exclusive to adults. The Complete Guide to Investing for Teens shows you exactly how to do it, while also helping you set goals for yourself and avoid common mistakes.

Starting early is the key to financial success. That’s why The Early Investor is the handy resource for tomorrow’s millionaires. If you want to be part of that club, jump on the train now. This book covers all aspects of investing plus easy-to-read charts and graphs that’ll help you understand finance, so you can make it part of your life.

How to Adult: Personal Finance for the Real World is the kind of book you read now, reread when you’re in college, and memorize by the time you’re a grown-up. It’s really a lifetime tool that you’ll always go back to as you grow up. 

Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School? is the question many people ask themselves when they go out into the real world. But, by then, it’s kinda late. Not too late, but not as great as if you started young. If you want to get ahead of the pack, read this book now and you’ll be a step ahead of the rest – at least when it comes to investing your money.

Teen Investing knows that two is better than one. This complete guide covers it all: bonds, stocks, ETFs, crypto. You name it, they’ll break it down for you. By the end of the book, you’ll have the knowledge you need to make wise investment decisions.

We love the Investment Guide for Teens because it includes great exercises that’ll help you get comfortable with finance and investments. The more you practice, the better you’ll become at managing your money, investing it, and spending the right way.

Ever wondered how to analyze a stock? What those charts mean? How to read a financial report? Teen Investing: The Ultimate Guide to Teenage Investing will show you how, so you can feel confident and gain the understanding you need to start investing your money.

If you want to be rich one day, you’ve got to stash your cash today. But how? Investing for Teens: How to Invest and Grow Your Money will teach you how to do it. It covers all the basics and then some more, so you can get started young and make the most of compound interest.

With a title like The Lazy Investor, this book’s already got our attention. And when you understand the power of passive income, you’ll want to jump on that ASAP. This one’s packed with strategies and knowledge that’ll change the way you think about money.

Books About Saving

Saving. Probably a teenager’s least favorite word. How about You Are a Badass at Making Money? That’s more like it. With hilarious language and real-world examples, this book is a fresh find that you won’t be able to put down.

Welcome to the club! The Money Club, that is. The book for smart teens who want to prepare for the future, save for a rainy day, and grow their money. Plus, it’s got super relatable characters and great stories that you’ll actually want to read.

The money mindset is powerful. Money Hacks includes more than 275 tips and tricks for you to use every day. Because small changes can go a long way. And, before you know it, your savings and checking accounts will be bursting with big bucks!

Books About Spending

Of course, you can’t save it all. You gotta live a little, spend some, and eat lots. I Want More Pizza knows where you’re coming from. It’s a great book filled with real-life information for high schoolers to make smart spending decisions, manage their money, and be on their way to financial freedom.

Clever Girl Finance is a must-have to learn about budgeting, avoiding debt, and using money as a tool that works for your life. If you want to build real wealth and create a positive relationship with money, this is the book that’ll inspire and teach you how to do that.

If money seems to slip away faster than you ever expected, Smart Spending is the book for you. It’s a teen guide to cash, credit, spending, and the cost of real life. It simply helps you understand how money works in the real world, and how to make the most of it.

Books About Sharing

You’ve got a lot to be thankful for. But, sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in teenage drama and forget how good you’ve got it. The One-Minute Gratitude Journal is a great practice for teens to slow down and appreciate the gifts around them. All it takes is one minute a day to experience the benefits of journaling.

There are many ways to help those in need. If you truly want to help others, the most important thing is Giving Greatness. In this book, you’ll find many ways to share your gifts with the world and create change around you.

Smart Money Smart Kids is an essential for teens who want to have a complete financial education. It doesn’t just talk about making money or spending it well. It also covers the important subject of sharing. This one’s a great read for you and your parents, so you can share your financial knowledge.

Here’s another one for your family’s finance book club: The Opposite of Spoiled. Teens love it, parents adore it, and even your younger siblings will get lots of knowledge from this book that finance isn’t only about money. It’s also about social responsibility and gratitude.

Knowledge Is Power

Money doesn’t make you rich. Time doesn’t make you rich. Knowledge makes you rich. So, crack open a book from this list and get started on your journey to the financial future you’ve always dreamed of.

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About the Author

Lucia Caldera

Lucia Caldera is a writer who specializes in personal finance. Her goal is to create approachable content that sparks financial wellness and unlocks personal growth. Lucia's work reflects her passion for financial education as the key to reducing the wealth gap for future generations.

Last updated on: April 21, 2022