What is an easy to understand book that teaches a beginner how to read a balance sheet? Something like a Balance Sheet for Dummies?
By a remarkable coincidence, there actually is a title "Balance Sheets for Dummies". I've not read this particular title, but the series has yet to disappoint. If you'd like a start, the 6 page A Beginner's Guide to the Balance Sheet is a decent article.
I found this yesterday which is really beginner friendly in the way it breaks each part down into layman terms. Really helped me a lot.
A Simple Guide to Understanding Your Company's Financial Statements by Illinois Small Business Development Center
Screenshot from inside:
(if link ever goes dead ping me and I can share through PDFy or Google Drive)