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Who Will I Be? Books About Careers

It’s inevitable that we discover a section that needs updating (to our chagrin). Last year, I stumbled upon our career books, which didn’t need weeding as much as it needed updating for current and future careers. If your collection is in need of branching out from your average career books, check out these series that will make reading about careers fun and informative at the same time:

(image taken from Simon & Schuster website)

In planning for our mini “coding lab” sessions, I ordered several coding books for our collection, which led me to the Be What You Want series. “So You Want to be a Coder?” is packed with information about coding careers, including “Five Traits You Need to Succeed as a Coder,” profiles on jobs associated with coding, quizzes, “spotlights” on computing innovators, such as Sr. Mary Kenneth Keller, the first woman to earn a doctorate in computer science, and interviews with professionals in the coding field. Other titles in the series include So You Want to Work With Animals?, So You Want to Work in Sports?, and more.

(image taken from Scholastic website)

If you need a series written on a smaller scale than the “Be What You Want” series, Scholastic’s “Calling All Innovators” should be in your library. Focusing on high-tech fields such as app production, 3-D printing, and drone technology (among other fields), this series offers more than just career information; the Apps: From Concept to Consumer title includes data on the creation of smartphones, what apps do, and the ins and outs of a career in app development.

(image taken from DK Publishing website)

DK’s “Careers: The Graphic Guide to Finding the Perfect Job for You” is probably our most popular careers title. This all-inclusive guide to a variety of careers is divided into careers paths covering 400+ job titles (arts/crafts/design, sales and marketing, information technology, and much more) and features DK’s renowned graphic design that makes its books so widely popular with young readers. Careers are often cross-referenced, which opens up the job exploration process.

(image taken from Cherry Lake Publishing website)

Cherry Lake Publishing’s “Find Your Future In” series is ideal for those needing something in between the more in-depth career books, but something more than DK’s “A Day in the Life Of” series. “Find Your Future in Science” features quick looks at a variety of science-oriented occupations, such as astrophysicists, environmental scientists, and marine biologists.


Do you have any favorite career books for young readers? Let us know in the comments.







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