Baby’s First Business Book by Andrew Dorazio Book Review
Baby’s First Business Book is a fun and exciting book for boys and girls of all ages who may want to start their own business some day. Share the ABCs of key business terms with your child and prepare them with the grit and courage to strike out on their own. Fortune favors the bold!
We’ve all seen ABC baby books, but this one is unlike any other! Written by an intrepid entrepreneur for his daughter, Baby’s First Business Book showcases and defines 26 business vocab words, featuring an all-female cast of characters! Beginning with “accountant” and ending with “zero,” as in “zero percent chance of giving up on your dreams,” this book frolics through building a company with the spunk of a preschooler. You may never have thought of introducing terms like “glass ceiling” to your little ones, but this book pushes all the boundaries and helps you think outside the box.
Author Andrew Dozario noticed that there were almost no books devoted to business for kids, and he was especially bothered by the fact that none featured female characters. Each page of Baby’s First Business Book includes an illustrated girl full of business moxie. There are so many types of businesses represented, from farming to gardening to manufacturing. Each entry emphasizes smart practices like saving, planning, and investing, and each picture features a little girl who helps illustrate the point.
It’s so much fun to introduce kids to the concepts that we as adults need to know! If you have ever worked as a freelancer, contractor, or business owner, or know someone who has, this is the perfect way to teach your littles how to appreciate all your hard work!
It’s also so important to help kids understand that there are so many career options available to them; they are able to join a company, or even create their own. Encouraging independent thinking and ideation is critical to future success! Read this book with very little children to talk about shapes, colors, and letters, and read it with elementary aged school children to begin talking about all the entrepreneurial concepts mentioned. A win for everyone!
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About the Author, Andrew Dorazio
“My name is Andrew Dorazio and I am the author of Baby’s First Business Book. I am married to my wonderful wife Susie, and have a daughter Rosie (1) and a son Peter (2 weeks) as well as a dog (Boxer) Rex. I am an entrepreneur, real estate investor and supply chain consultant, as well as a former Army officer. I live in Chicago IL and originally from Port Chester NY. “
Rapid Fire with Andrew Dorazio
Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Andrew: Before my daughter was born, I was looking for fun books about business and didn’t really like the options that were out there. At that point, I decided to write my own and help inspire my daughter to have the courage to get into business on her own one day. Worst case, this would be a cool thing I did for my daughter, best case, it would help inspire more children to become interested in business and entrepreneurship.
Q. What does your family think of your writing?
Andrew: My family has been extremely supportive throughout this journey. My wife specifically has been an amazing partner and supporter in this process and has helped my creativity flourish. She has helped me think through ideas and improve the content from day one and is my number one promoter.
Q. What advice do you have for writers?
Andrew: I think a lot of people have great book ideas but are either apprehensive about what others might think of it or just don’t find the time or know-how to get started. My advice is to seek out someone that has done this already and see if they can help alleviate some roadblocks for you.
I talked to a few inspirational people that helped me get through a few hurdles, which ultimately helped get my book out into the world. I would also say that setting aside some time to start is critical; just get started. I started writing in my “notes” app on my phone and took it from there.
Q. Describe what your ideal writing space looks like?
Andrew: It isn’t so much a writing space for me that gets me in the zone; it’s the time of day. I am by nature a night owl, so I let the quiet of night when my family is sleeping to get my best writing done. I have found I can work in any space, a skill that I probably enhanced in my time in the Army.
Q. What do you love most about the writing process?
Andrew: I love the iterative nature of writing. I would often write a couple of pages and run it by my family and instantly know if it resonated or not. Writing is also a stress reliever for me; it’s something that helps me unwind at the end of a busy day and focus my attention solely on my creative muscles, which I don’t always get to use on a regular basis.
Q. What inspires you as a writer?
Andrew: My family is what inspires me. I wrote this book for my daughter and for all other young boys and girls to give them inspiration to become curious about business. My wife and I are specifically inspired about encouraging young girls to gain an interest in starting businesses.
Q. What type of books do you write?
Andrew: I write children’s books about business, finance, and entrepreneurship. Although “Baby’s First Business Book” is my first book, I have another one in the works that should be out in the next year. I want to help bring these topics into children’s lives at a younger age because I don’t think it gets enough focus in normal schooling.
Q. Can you tell us about one of the most rewarding moments you have had as an author?
Andrew: Receiving the first round of illustrations was an amazing feat for me. My talented illustrator Victoria Savanella, whom I grew up with since kindergarten, was the creative genius and talent behind the amazing artwork. Getting her drawings for the first time was absolutely incredible and made me thrilled that my idea was coming to life.
The next rewarding moment came when I received my first printed copy of the book. It finally felt real at that point when I held a copy in my hand, even if it still needed a lot of work. From there, once I started receiving positive feedback from parents, I felt like the book was doing more than just impacting my daughter.
Q. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
Andrew: I hope that my young readers take away some basic knowledge about business but, more importantly, curiosity to ask more questions and learn more and more about business as they grow older.
Q. Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers will grasp?
Andrew: I wanted to encourage children to think of starting a business as a thing of courage and excitement. I think business and entrepreneurship have previously not gotten enough attention and encouragement as a noble path for young adults, and I wanted to try to change that narrative a bit. I hope this book gives children a little curiosity in business and gets them to start asking questions about it at a younger age.
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All in all, my family and I have really enjoyed this book and we know you will too! Please feel free to leave me any comments or questions about this review. I look forward to hearing from you!
* This book was kindly sent to me by Author, Andrew Dorazio in exchange for an honest review.