All about Money: Books for Kids


All about Money: Books for Kids

 

It seems
like money works its way into just about every day. Learning how to count money, spend
it, save it, and make do with less of it is a good goal. Here are some books to
help with that.

Although
most of these books are considered nonfiction, I’ve grouped the ones that read
like stories together under FICTION.  

 

NONFICTION

Do
I Need It? Or Do I Want It? Making Budget Choices
by Jennifer S. Larson

In clear,
simple text and supporting pictures, this book shows the difference between
needs and wants. It also makes a case for creating a budget. This is the first
book of the Exploring Economics
series.

 

Follow
Your Money: Who Gets It, Who Spends It, Where Does It Go?
by Kevin Sylvester and Michael
Hlinka

This well-designed
book has an interesting approach. It looks at different products kids might buy
(jeans, jewelry, shoes, music…) and lists the costs that go into making the
products. It also discusses other factors, such as fuel costs for making and
shipping the products. Written for middle school students, I think it would
also work for parents and teachers who are trying to help their kids understand
money.

 

Using
Money
by Gail Fay

This is an
outstanding book. I agree with School Library Journal Review, which says, “should
be read by all middle schoolers who might need guidance about spending their
allowances.” Except I think it should be read by ALL middle schoolers. It is clear
and tells a very complete picture, without being wordy or preachy. It is part
of the Understanding Money series—I
definitely want to check out the other titles in the series.

 

The
Everything Kids’ Money Book
by
Diane Mayr

This book
has a lot of money information. It covers history, coin values, banks and
banking, earning money, and investing. I like how each chapter includes a Fun with Money section, with tricks,
games, and activities. Fun is good!

 

Show
Me the Money: How to Make Cents of Economics
by Alvin Hall

This
colorful book presents its information in text, pictures, graphics, board
games, and sidebars. Basic sections: The
Story of Money, What’s in Your Pocket? What is Economics?
and Getting Down to Business. It’s designed
for upper elementary students.

 

Payment Options by Linda Crotta Brennan, illustrated
by Rowan Barnes-Murphy

Cash,
checking, debit cards, and credit cards are discussed, each clearly described
in an easy narrative. This book is well done and I want to explore
the other 7 books in this money series.

 

 

FICTION

Sheep
in a Shop
by Nancy Shaw

This easy
reader picture book is a charming story of pigs shopping for a birthday
present. They find a great present but how will they pay for it? In the end,
it’s a great story about bartering.

 

One
Hen
by Katie Smith
Milway, illustrated by Eugenie

Kojo and his
mother live in Ghana. Each family in their village saves a little bit. This
saved money is available for small loans to villagers. Kojo’s mother borrows
money to buy a cart to take the firewood to market to sell. Then Kojo borrows
from her to buy a hen to have eggs to sell at the market. This small business
grows to more than Kojo could have ever imagined. It’s based on a true story.

 

Jenny
Found a Penny
by Trudy
Harris, illustrated by John Hovell

Jenny finds
a penny and puts it in a jar. She finds more coins and saves each one. She has
a goal in mind and saves to reach the needed dollar. But what will she do about
the tax?

 

My
Rows and Piles of Coins
by
Tololwa M. Mollel, illustrated by E. B. Lewis

Saruni saves
and saves for his heart’s desire—his own bicycle. But he has no idea a bicycle could
be so expensive. He is determined…and disappointed…and rewarded in the end.

 

When
Times are Tough
by
Yanitzia, illustrated by Romont Willy (sorry, no link)

Times are
tough in many families. This family works together to find ways to spend less, have
fun, and spend time together. Each 2-page spread shows a when-times-are-tough
situation and how the family copes. Well done.

 

Dollar
and Cents for Harriet
by
Betsy and Giulio Maestro (sorry, no link)

Harriet the
elephant needs 5 dollars for something she wants to buy. The story shows how
she counts what she has and then earns money for the rest of the 5 dollars she
needs. Readers practice counting by ones, fives, and tens. Plus they count
quarters and half dollars.

 

Getting good
with money can be tricky. Friday’s post will have sites with money games and
activities.

Gail

 

Parents and
teachers: Wednesday’s Parent Post is
Money
Literacy: How to Talk to Your Kids about Money.


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