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A Chair for my Mother

Title: A Chair for my Mother
By: Vera B Williams
Published: 1982

A child, her waitress mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable armchair after all their furniture is lost in a fire.
Saving for the future is a Smart Money skill and is handled sensitively in this classic book. Ages: 6 and up.

Call Number: : JPicture Willi.V

Also available at the library in Spanish as: Un sillon para mi mama
and in Chinese: 媽媽的紅沙發 / Ma ma de hong sha fa

The Coin Counting Book

Title: The Coin Counting Book
By: Williams, Rozanne Lanczak
Published: 2001

Introduces simple math and common coins such as dimes, nickles, pennies and quarters. Ages 6 - 9 years.

Call Number: x513.211 Willi.R

If You Made A Million

Title: If You Made A Million
By: David M Schwartz
Published: 1989

Describes the various forms which money can take, including coins, paper money, and personal checks, and how it can be used to make purchases, pay off loans, or build interest in the bank.

An ALA Notable Book A Horn Book Fanfare Selection A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year A Teachers' Choices Selection

Call Number: JPicture Schwa.D

The Jingle Dancer

Title: The Jingle Dancer
By: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Published: 2000

Jenna, a member of the Muscogee, or Creek, Nation, borrows jingles from the dresses of several friends and relatives so that she can perform the jingle dance at the powwow.
Borrowing instead of spending is one Smart Money strategy.

JPicture Smith.C

Lemonade in Winter A Book About Two Kids Counting Money

Title: Lemonade in Winter A Book About Two Kids Counting Money
By: Emily Jenkins
Published: 2012

Pauline and her brother John-John set up a stand to sell lemonade, limeade, and lemon-limeade one cold, wintry day, then try to attract customers as Pauline adds up their earnings. Ages 3–7
Running your own (small) business, a Money Smart skill, is the theme of this fiction picture book!

Call Number: JPicture Jenki.E

Max's Bunny Business

Title: Max's Bunny Business
By: Rosemary Wells
Published: 2008

Ruby and her friend Louise set up a lemonade stand to earn money to buy matching rings, but Max foils their plan. Ages: preschool and up.
The Money Smart skill of earning money is a part of this fun (and sneaky!) story.

JPicture Wells. R

My First Trip to the Bank

Title: My First Trip to the Bank
By: Katie Kawa
Published: 2012

Beginning readers discover the answer to how money goes from a piggy bank to a bank vault, and many more answers in this book. Ages 5 - 7

Call Number: x332.1 Kawa.K

One Dollar: How Many Pennies?

Title: One Dollar: How Many Pennies?
By: Summers, Portia
Published: 2017

A quick look at money -- Pennies -- Nickels -- Dimes -- Quarters -- What makes a dollar? Ages 5 - 8 Years

Call Number: x332.4 Summe.P

One Proud Penny

Title: One Proud Penny
By: Randy Siegel
Published: 2017

Who knew the life of a penny could be so exciting? Born in 1983, our copper (well, zinc and copper as we find out) narrator travels everywhere from New York City to Portland, Oregon, to Puerto Rico describing in colorful detail his many adventures along the way. Randy Siegel's quirky, informative text mixed with Serge Bloch's spare but exuberant illustrations (which make use of real pennies) make this book a must-have for lovers of American history or just a good story. Ages 4 - 8

Call Number: x332.49 Siege.R

Tía Isa Wants a Car (Tía Isa Quiere Un Carro)

Title: Tía Isa Wants a Car (Tía Isa Quiere Un Carro)
By: Meg Medina
Published: 2011

Tía Isa and her niece try to save enough money to buy a car to take the whole family to the beach. This book shares the Money Smart skill of saving. Ages 4 - 8

Call Number: JPicture Medin.M

Also available in Spanish as Tía Isa Quiere Un Carro.

The Lemonade War

Title: The Lemonade War
By: Jacqueline Davies
Published: 2007

Evan and his younger sister, Jessie, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn 100 dollars. Includes mathematical calculations and tips for running a successful lemonade stand. Math, economics, and business marketing are all Money Smart topics. Ages 7-11 years.

Call Number: J Davie.J

2009 Rhode Island Children's Book Award, 2007 New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, North Carolina Children’s Book Award 2011, 2011 Nutmeg Award (Connecticut)

Show Me the Money: Big Questions About Finance

Title: Show Me the Money: Big Questions About Finance
By: Alvin Hall
Published: 2008

Presents the basic concepts of currency and finance, discussing the barter system, supply and demand, and how money works differently around the world. Show Me the Money introduces young readers to the world of economics — from the history of money to e-commerce. Ages 8 - 12 years

Call Number: x332.024 Hall.A

The Smart Girl's Guide to Money: How to Make it, Save it, and Spend it

Title: The Smart Girl's Guide to Money: How to Make it, Save it, and Spend it
By: Nancy Holyoke
Published: 2006

A practical guide to the ins and outs of money smarts. Helps girls identify their spending style, gives tips on running their own business and advice for saving and investing. Includes 101 moneymaking ideas. Age Range: 10 - 14 years

Call Number: x332.024 Holyo.N)

The Young Investor: Projects and Activities for Making Your Money Grow

Title: The Young Investor: Projects and Activities for Making Your Money Grow
By: Katherine R Bateman
Published: 2010

A young person who saves $2,000 each year between the ages of 9 and 14, at an interest rate of 9 percent, will have one million dollars at age 65. And that is just by saving! This guide explains the language of business and the skill of investing, so that children can grow up business-literate and get an early start at making their money grow. Age Range: 9 and up


Title: Money
By: Joe Cribb
Published: 1990

Examines, in text and photographs, the symbolic and material meaning of money, from shekels, shells, and beads to gold, silver, checks, and credit cards. Also discusses how coins and banknotes are made, the value of money during wartime, and how to collect coins.

Call Number: x332.4 Cribb.J

Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even if You're Not): A Parents' Guide for Kids 3 - 23

Title: Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even if You're Not): A Parents' Guide for Kids 3 - 23
By: Beth Kobliner
Published: 2017

From Beth Kobliner, a new guide showing parents how to teach their children (from toddlers to young adults) to manage money in a smart way. Research shows that even preschoolers can understand basic money concepts, and a study from Cambridge University confirmed that basic money habits are formed by the age of seven. Oh, and research shows the number one influence on kids' financial behaviors is mom and dad.

Raising Financially Confident Kids

Title: Raising Financially Confident Kids
By: Mary Hunt
Published: 2012

Financial expert Mary Hunt shows parents how to raise kids who have a healthy relationship with money--even if the parents themselves have made financial mistakes along the way or are struggling financially right now. The author covers how to talk about money with kids at every state of development.

Parenting Collection: x332.024 Hunt.M (in the Main Children's Room)

Raising Financially Fit Kids

Title: Raising Financially Fit Kids
By: Joline Godfrey
Published: 2013

This combination parenting and personal finance book helps parents teach their children key money skills--such as saving, spending, budgeting, investing, building credit, and donating--that they'll need to become financially secure adults.

Parenting x332.024 Godfr.J

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