I remember at the age of 17 my older brother, Linsey, gave me the book, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. This book changed my perspective about how I thought about money.
One point that stuck with me was when you are an adult your report card is your credit score. I found this statement fascinating and I made the decision to do two things after that..
- To strive to have an excellent credit score as an adult
- To teach my children financial literacy
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Although my son is a preschooler, I have introduced him to money through role plays, having him count and earn real money, and reading books.
I would like all children to be exposed to financial literacy. My contribution is by compiling this list of Children’s Book about Money.
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Gabby Invents the Perfect Hair Bow by Erica Swallow/Li Zeng
- At five years old, Gabby Goodwin can’t stop losing her hair bows everywhere she goes. She and her mother invent a new kind of bow that doesn’t fall out. Read this book to see if their idea works.
Lily Learn about Wants and Needs by Lisa Bullard/Christine Schneider
- Lily wants a new bike, a new raincoat, and ice cream. But how many of these things does she need? As Lily and her dad drive around town, Lily soon discovers that wants and needs are different things.
Jason Saves the Environment with Entrepreneurship by Erica Swallow/Li Zeng
- Problem-solver Jason Li has been on a mission to pay for his own lunch since he started school. He has an idea that helps him achieve his goal and save the planet.
Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for Kids by Gail Karlitz/Debbie Honig
- This book is a complete guide explaining in kid-friendly terms all about savings accounts, bonds, stocks, and even mutual funds!
Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money by Emily Jenkin/G. Brian Karas
- A lemonade stand in winter? Yes, that’s exactly what Pauline and John-John intend to have, selling lemonade and limeade. Children will learn about simple math concepts in a fun way with this book.
Curious About Money by Mary E. Reid
- Children will learn how people, money, and history intersect, and what’s current about currency.
It’s Not Fair!: A Book About Having Enough by Caryn Riverdeneria/Isabel Moñoz
- Roxy Ramirez has saved up for weeks to buy a chemistry set, and now she’s headed to the toy store to buy it! There’s only one problem. She keeps running into friends who are in trouble, and need her to dip into her savings to help. Will she have enough money left over to buy something for herself?
The Squirrel Manifesto by Rich Edelman/David Zabocki
- Just as a squirrel gathers nuts to prepare for the winter—eating some now and storing some for later—kids can learn the value of money by spending some of their allowance now and saving the rest for later using animals as examples.
Kidpreneurs: Young Entrepreneurs With Big Ideas! by Adam Toren/Matthew Toren
- This book teaches kids about starting, managing, and growing a successful business venture.
What Can You Do With Money? by Jennifer Larson
- This basic introduction to earning and spending explains how people earn incomes in exhange for their work and skill. It then explains the economic choices people make in saving or spending their income.
The Big Buck Adventure by Shelley Gill/Deborah Tobola/Grace Lin
- One little girl and one very big dollar set out on a great adventure at the store.
What will she do with so many choices, and only one buck? Read this book to find out.
- One little girl and one very big dollar set out on a great adventure at the store.
Let’s Meet Ms. Money: One Step Towards Financial Literacy by Rich Grant
- Let’s Meet Ms. Money is a children’s picture book that teaches children about money. Kids will learn what money looks like, how to count it, how and why we use money, and how we earn it.
Liktoon’s Boat: A Children’s Storybook about money, entrepreneurship, and teamwork
- This book addresses earnings, savings, addition, subtraction, business, profits, and expenses through the characters’ adventure.
A Million Gold Coins: Teaching Kids about Happiness and Money by Sigal Adler
- Two farmers are not happy about working so hard for money. However, they may be looking for happiness in the wrong places.
Everything a Kid Needs to Know about Money – Children’s Money and Saving Reference by Baby Professor
- Teach your kids the basics about finances with this book. There’s no such thing as too early when it comes to these things. Properly seal the deal about money and other possessions by introducing this book.
I Got Bank! What my Granddad Taught Me About Money by Teri Williams
- At ten years old, Jazz Ellington, has over $2,000 in the bank, and his savings keep growing. His granddad taught him to save his allowance and set up a bank account. This book increases financial awareness while sharing the lives of two African-American boys growing up in the city.
Dimes: To Teach Your Child About Money by Rebecca D. Turner/Lacey Braziel
- This book teaches discipline, delayed gratification, and how good it feels to give to those in need. Dimes can teach your child the habits that will allow them to have a more financially secure and fulfilling life.
Sebastian Creates A Sock Company by Erica Swallow/Li Zeng
- Five-year-old Sebastian Martinez, with the help of his older brother, turns his love for socks into a business that not only makes wacky socks, but also enables the duo to finally revamp the school dress code.
Those Shoes by Noah Jones
- Jeremy wants a pair of the shoes everyone at school is wearing. Jeremy’s grandma says they don’t have room for wants just needs. Read how Jeremy and his grandma navigate through this dilemma.
Money for Puppy by D.L. Madson
- This is an excellent book about saving money for something you want.
The Wrong Shoes: A Book About Money and Self-Esteem by Caryn Rinadeneira
- The Wrong Shoes teaches kids about money, hard work, self-esteem, and the real value of the things we own.
The Penny Pot: Counting Coins by Stuart J. Murphy/Lynne Woodcock Cravath
- This is a great book that shows kids how to count money how it is used, and saving to get what you want.
Lemonade for Sale by Stuart Murphy/Tricia Tusa
- Four kids and their sidekick, Petey the Parrot, run a lemonade stand. They create a bar graph to track the rise and fall of their lemonade sales.
Sluggers’ Car Wash by Stuart J. Murphy/Barney Saltzberg
- The 21st Street Sluggers’ shirts are worn-out and dirty. They need new ones, but they have no money. Children will learning to count money and make change.
Arthur’s Pet Business by Marc Brown
- Arthur starts his own petsitting business to show Mom and Dad that he can be responsible! Between a boa constrictor, an ant farm, and a group of frogs, he’s got his hands full! Can Arthur still prove he is responsible?
One Proud Penny by Sandy Riegel/Serge Bloch
- This book teaches kids that pennies are worth a lot and how it’s life can be exciting.
Money Math: Addition and Subtraction by David Adler/Edward Miller
- Children will get an introduction to American units of money; and how they combine to make a price. They will also learn basic money symbols and the math inherent in shopping.
The Go-Around Dollar by Barbara Johnston-Adams/Joyce Audy Zarins
- Children will learn how the dollar is made, the meaning of the symbols that are shown on the front and back of the dollar, and how long the average dollar stays in circulation?
Arthur’s Funny Money by William Hoban
- Arthur attempts to earn enough money to buy a t-shirt and cap, assisted by his sister Violet. Children will learn simple business concepts by reading this story.
The Original Story of the Piggy Bank: The Beginning of a Legend! by Lance Douglas
- This book gives background information on the piggy bank. It also contains powerful lessons of discipline, sacrifice and responsibility.
You Wouldn’t Live Without Money by Professor Alex Woolf/David Antram
- This book uses humorous cartoons to tell the story of money, from early bartering to the making of metal and paper currencies.
DK Eyewitness Books: Money: Discover the Fascinating Story of Money from Silver Ingot to Smart Cards by Joe Cribb
- Children will learn about the earliest forms of money to the banking systems we have today.
Dollars and Sense: A Kid’s Guide to Using – Not Losing- Money by Elaine Scott/David Clark
- Dollars & Sense is a basic instruction manual for money that will teach readers about the history of money, the way the American economy works, and how to make important decisions about personal finance.
Dollars and Sense by Stan Berenstain/Jan Berenstain
- Papa thinks it’s time to teach Brother and Sister how to budget their money. Children journey with the cubs on their process to understand the value of a dollar.
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
- After their home is destroyed by a fire, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save their coins to buy a really comfortable chair for all to enjoy.
Rock, Brock, and the Savings Shock by Sheila Bair/Barry Gott
- Rock and Brock are twins and their grandpa offers them a plan―for ten straight weeks on Saturday he will give them each one dollar. But there is a catch! Each buck they save, he’ll match it quick. If they spend it, there’s no extra dough.
When Times are Tough by Yanitzia Canetti/Romont Willy
- This book follows a family that faces very real economic challenges. They show how they are able to overcome with each other.
The Kids’ Money Book: Earning, Saving, Spending, Investing, Donating by Jamie McGillian
- This book explains how to create a budget, make money, invest your earnings, and donate to charity. It also teaches kids the difference between needs and wants and getting the most from an allowance.
Once Upon A Dime: A Math Adventure by Nancy Kelly Allen/Adam Doyle
- This book is about a farmer discovering trees that grows different types of money. This book teaches kids about the value of money
How to Turn $100 to $1,000,000: Earn! Save! Invest! by Jenna McKenna/Jeannine Glista
- Children will learn the basics of earning, saving, spending, and investing money.
- Ella Earns Her Own Money by Lisa Bullard/Mike Moran
- Ella wants a soccer ball, but she doesn’t have enough money to buy one. She decides to earn her own money. Will she earn enough to buy the ball? Read this book to find out!
Kyle Keeps Track of Cash by Lisa Bullard/Mike Byrne
- Kyle’s club is going camping and all the kids will sell Cool Candy to earn money for the trip. Kyle needs to find buyers for ten boxes of candy. Can he keep track of his cash and join his friends on the camping trip? Read this book to find out!
What Does It Means to be an Entrepreneur by Rana Diorio/Emma Dryden
- When Rae witnesses an ice cream and dog mishap, she’s inspired to create a solution to help get dogs clean. Rae draws on her determination and everyone else in her community when she learns what it means to be an entrepreneur.
- A Smart Girl’s Guide: Money: How to Make It, Save It, and Spend It by Nancy Holyoke/Brigette Barrager
- Children will learn how to not only spend money, but also how to earn it. The quizzes, tips, and helpful quotes from other girls will make learning about money management easy and fun.
The History of Money by Martin Jenkins/Satoshi Kitamura
- This book teaches children the following questions about money: When did we start using it? And why? What does money have to do with writing? And how do taxes and interest work?
Curious George Saves his Pennies by H.A. Rey
- When George decides to save up for a red train in the toy store, he doesn’t realize how long it will take or how hard he’ll have to work for his money. Read this book and find out if he gets the train.
- Piggy Bank Problems by Fran Manuskkin/Tammie Lyon
- Katie’s dad works at a bank but she prefers to keep her money in her piggy bank. Read about what happens when she drops her piggy and it breaks?
Deena’s Lucky Penny by Barbara Derubertis/Cynthia Fisher
- Deena has a big problem. Her mom’s birthday is coming, but she has no money to buy a present! Find out how she solves the problem by reading this book.
Follow Your Money: Who Gets it, Who Spends it, Where Does it Go? by Kevin Sylvester/Michael Hlinka, Julia Beck
- Find out what happens to your money after you hand it to the cashier. What happens to that money once it leaves your hands? Who actually pockets it or puts it into the bank? Read this book to answer these questions.
- Currency by Andrew Einspruch
- The book gives an introduction to currency through the history of money around the world, minting coins and printing paper money.
Feeding Piggy by Kathy Mashburn/Freida Talley
- Maddy has a piggy bank named Piggy. One morning while feeding Piggy coins for breakfast, Maddy discovers how coins, like people, come in different shapes and sizes.
- A Dollar, A Penny How Much and How by Lerner Publications
- This humorous book shows young readers how to count and combine pennies, nickels, fives, tens, and more!
Sophie the Zillonaire by Lara Bergen/Laura Tallardy
- When Sophie finds fifty dollars on the sidewalk, it gives her a great idea for a new name: Sophie the Zillionaire! In order to keep the name Sophie the Zillionaire, Sophie has to make more money — and fast.
Berenstain Bears Trouble with Money by Stan Berenstain
- Mama and Papa are worried that Brother and Sister seem to think money grows on trees. The cubs decide to start their very own businesses, from a lemonade stand to a pet-walking service.
Just Saving Money by Mercer Mayer
- Little Critter® wants a new skateboard and Dad tells him that he needs to save his own money to buy it! From feeding the dog to selling lemonade, Little Critter learns the value of a dollar.
Lots and Lots of Coins by Margarette S. Reid/True Kelley
- This book is about a boy spending the day with Dad coin collecting! He finds out about the value of coins, what people used before coins, and why historical images and people appear on coins.
A Dollar for Penny by Julie Glass/Joy Allen
- A young girl sets up a lemonade stand and sells enough cups of refreshment to add up to a dollar. This story combines the teaching of addition with childhood entrepreneurship!
The Young Investor by Katherine Bateman
- The book explains the concept of money and how saving works based on the concepts of simple and compound interest. Children then learn where Wall Street is located, what stocks and bonds do, and, the right way to buy or sell a stock, mutual fund, or savings bond.
You can’t buy a Dinosaur with a Dime by Harriet Ziefert
- Pete saves his allowance and spends too much of it. He then has second thoughts and starts over. Children will learn how he strategizes over future purchases.
Not Your Parents’ Money Book: Making, Saving, and Spending Your Own Money by Jean Chatzsky/Erwin Haya
- This book will reach kids before bad spending habits can get out of control. With answers and ideas from real kids, this grounded approach to spending and saving will be a welcome change for kids who are inundated by a consumer driven culture.
- Money Math with Sebastian Pig and Friends by Jill Anderson
- This book introduces children to identifying, counting and comparing money through a farmer’s market trip with Sebastian Pig and Louie.
- Money Madness by David Adler and Edward Miller
- Children will be provided with a guide to economics and the purpose and value of money with this book.
Coins and Other Currency by Tamra Orr
- Follow a class of fifth-graders as they figure out the world of finance, including earning, budgeting, and saving to investing and collecting coins from around the world.
Show Me the Money by David Alder
- Show Me the Money takes technical terms and breaks it down with easy-to-understand text, diagrams, and illustrations making a formerly dry subject interesting and relevant to kids
- One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent New Cent: All About Money by Bonnie Worth/Aristides Ruiz
- The Cat in the Hat disqualifies the notion that money grows on trees with the study of money and its history.
- Money, Money Honey Bunny by Marilyn Sadler/Roger Bollem
- Honey Bunny Funny Bunny has a lot of money. She saves some and spends some on herself and friends. This is a rhyming book about spending and saving, told through the eyes of animals.
Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis
- Mr. Chickee, a blind man in the neighborhood, gives 9-year-old Steven a mysterious bill with 15 zeros on it and the image of a familiar face. Could it be a quadrillion dollar bill? Could it be real? Read this book to find out.
Cash, Credit Cards or Checks by Nancy Leewen
- Children will learn how people pay for the things they buy by writing a check, paying with a debit card, paying with a credit card, and paying with cash withdrawn from an ATM.
Taxes, Taxes!: Where the Money Goes by Nancy Leewen
- Provides an introduction to taxes, including some of the products and services that citizens may receive including schools, roads, and national defense.
In the Money: A Book About Banking by Nancy Leewen
- Provides an introduction to banks and banking, including what the workers do, why customers come into banks, and explains what happens to old money.
The Kids Guide to Money Cent$ by Keltie Thomas/Stephen MacEachern
- The Money Cent$ gang, three kids with very different money “personalities,” will help teach your child about money.
- All About Money by Erin Roberson
- This book introduces children to money, while describing the concepts of earning, saving, and spending.
Money Sense for Kids by Hollis Harman
- This book answers the following questions about money: How and where is it printed? What do all those long numbers and special letters on currency mean? How are the newly designed bills improvements over the old ones?How can banks afford to pay interest?
The Kids’ Money Book: Earning, Saving, Spending, Investing, Donating by Jamie Kyle McGillian
- This books explains how to create a budget, make money, invest your earnings, and donate to charity.
Money: A Rich History by Jon R. Anderson
- Children will learn about the history of money with tons of cool facts, illustrations, and photographs of coins and money from all over the world.
Follow the Money by Loreen Leady
- George, a newly minted quarter on his way to the bank, has quite a day. He’s about to be traded, spent, lost, found, donated, dropped into a vending machine, washed in a washing machine, and generally passed all around town.
Double Fudge by Judy Blume
- Fudge is obsessed with money. He’s making his own “Fudge Bucks” and has plans to buy the entire world. However, things get crazy once his family gets involved.
The Big Buck Adventure by Shelley Gill
- Follow the journey of a girl who tries to decide what she can get with her dollar in a candy shop, toy store, deli, and pet department.
A Dollar for Penny by Julie Grass/Joy Allen
- On a summer day, a young girl sets up a lemonade stand and sells enough cups to add up to a dollar. This story combines the teaching of addition with a traditional rite of childhood entrepreneurship!
My Rows and Piles of Coins by Tolowa Mollel/E.B. Lewis
- Saruni is saving coins for a red and blue bicycle. How happy he will be when he can help his mother carry heavy loads to market on his very own bicycle. How disappointed he is to discover that he hasn’t saved nearly enough!
Isabel’s Car Wash by Sheila Bair/Judy Stead
- The Nelly Longhair doll is on sale at Murphy’s Toys for ten dollars, but Isabel has only fifty cents. Isabel decides to start a car wash business. Will Isabel earn enough for the Nelly doll?
Prices, Prices, Prices by David Adler
- In simple language and colorful pictures, this book gives an introduction to economics explaining the basic laws of supply and demand.
- Uncle Jed’s Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell/James Ransome
- This is a story of a man who spends his life struggling, saving, and sacrificing to build and own his own barbershop. Although there were many racial difficulties that stood in his way, he opens the doors of his new shop at the age of seventy-nine.
Round and Round the Money Goes: What Money Is and How We Use It by Melvin Berger/Gilda Berger
- This book explains the development of money from its origins in the barter system to its modern usage as cash, checks, and credit cards.
How the Second Grade Got $8,205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty by Nathan Zimelman/Bill Slavin
- A second grade class wants to visit the Statue of Liberty. They try to earn money for the trip by collecting paper, running a lemonade stand, sitting babies, walking dogs, and selling candy.
Benny’s Pennies by Pat Brisson
- Benny McBride starts his day with five new pennies and is determined to spend them all. His family wants him to buy certain items. Will he be able to fulfill their requests?
If You Made a Million by David Schwartz/Steven Kellogg
- Have you ever wanted to make a million dollars? Marvelosissimo, the Mathematical Magician, is able to explain how to earn money, invest it, accrue dividends and interest, and watch savings grow.
National Geographic Kids Everything Money: A Wealth of Facts, Photos, and Fun by Kathy Furgang
- Kids will learn about money around the world from a National Geographic expert. This book is packed with fun facts and amazing photographs.
My Pink Piggy Bank by Rozanne Williams
- The book teaches kids the importance of saving.
The Piggybank Blessing by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- The Bear cubs like to spend money. Find out if the new piggy bank Mama bought will help teach Brother and Sister about saving money.
The History of Money by Patricia Armentrout
- This book examines the history of money, including the barter system, early trade in North America, unusual types of money such as huge stone disks and salt bars, and the first paper money.
American Currency by Patricia Armentrout
- This book introduces kids to the characteristics and values of the different coins and paper money used as currency in the United States.
A Quarter from the Tooth fairy by Caren Holzman
- This book uses simple math concepts in an easy-to-read story plus six pages of math activities for parents and children to enjoy together.
Pigs Will Be Pigs: Fun with Math and Money by Amy Axelrod/Sharon McGinley-Nally
- The pigs are very hungry, and there’s no food in the house. Mr. Pig suggests eating out but there is no money! The family goes on a money hunt. Read to see if they find what they are looking for.
The Monster Money Book by Loreen Leedy
- This book teaches children about borrowing, saving, and spending money. It also makes many connections to the real world.
- Jasmine Launches a Startup (Entrepreneurship Books for Kids) by Barhar Karroum/Jesus Vazquez Prada
- This book will teach children how to start a business, to focus on a specific market, and to take risks.
Kid Start-Up: How YOU Can Become an Entrepreneur by Mark Cuban/Shaan Patel
- The book will help children how to discover a winning idea, launch their business, and start making money.
- Rachel Turns Her Passion Into Business (Entrepreneur Kid) by Erica Swallow/Li Zeng
- Teen lacrosse player Rachel Zietz takes an entrepreneurship course and realizes she can blend the worlds of business and fun by creating a lacrosse equipment company.
Marvel’s of Money for Kids: Five Fully Illustrated Stories about Money and Financial Decisions for Life by Paul Nourigat
- This is a book about money in which kids will like to read. There are five stories with conclusions and lessons learned.
Why is there money? A Visual and Poetic Journey Through the History of Money by Paul Nourigat
- This book teaches kids the history of money. It teaches the evolution of money in a simple way.
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