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Build your child’s money skills while you read

It's important to you to get the most out of reading time with your child. Money as You Grow Bookshelf lets you build on the time you may already be spending on reading together, and helps you bring money topics to life through storytime.

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  1. Browse through the list of books and choose one you'd like to read with your child, for ages 4 to 10. The books should be readily available at your library or bookstore. 
  2. Download the reading guide, which helps you explain the key ideas covered in the book and gives you questions to ask during reading time and activities for afterwards. 
  3. Have fun reading together. Hold the book so everyone can see it and ask questions as you go. See 9 ideas to keep reading fun .
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Reading guides

 

Key ideas

Age

Illustration of a coin with wings

Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday 
by Judith Viorst

Find out what Alexander learns about self-control after he overspends.

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Prioritizing,
Saving

4+

Illustration of a teapot

A Bargain for Frances
by Russell Hoban

See how Frances had to work on prioritizing when she bought a tea set.

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Setting goals,
Staying true to yourself

6+

Illustration of a needle and thread

The Berenstain Bears & Mama’s New Job
by Stan and Jan Berenstain 

See how Mama’s hobby became a way of earning money for the family.

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Setting goals,
Staying true to yourself

4+

Illustration of an arcade machine

The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Money
by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Check out ways the Bear family helped the cubs with saving their money.

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Making decisions,
Spending

4+

Illustration of a chair

A Chair for My Mother
by Verna Williams

Check out how the family follows through after they save enough for a new chair.

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Setting goals,
Earning

6+

Illustration of a bowl of salsa and chips

Count on Pablo (Cuenta Con Pablo)
by Barbara deRubertis

Find out how Pablo practices flexibility at the vegetable market.

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(en español )

Solving problems,
Earning

5–7

Illustration of a train

Curious George Saves His Pennies
by Margaret and H.A. Rey

See how a savings bank helps George practice sharing and borrowing.

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Making decisions,
Sharing and borrowing

4–7

Illustration of a shopping cart

Just Shopping with Mom
by Mercer Mayer

Check out the way the children help Mom with spending at the store.

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Prioritizing,
Spending

4+

Illustration of a pitcher of lemonade

Lemonade in Winter
by Emily Jenkins

Spot the ways Pauline and John-John exercise flexibility at their lemonade stand.

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Solving problems,
Spending

3–7

Illustration of a bicycle

My Rows and Piles of Coins
by Tololwa M. Mollel

Sympathize with Sarumi as he uses self-control to resist salespeople at the market.

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Setting goals,
Saving

4–7

Illustration of an ox cart

Ox-Cart Man
by Donald Hall

Understand how the farm family set goals to make and grow things to use and eat.

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Earning,
Setting goals

4+

Illustration of a purse

The Purse
by Kathy Caple

Find out how Katie felt when she set a goal of buying a new purse.

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Solving problems,
Setting goals

4+

Illustration of a coat

The Rag Coat
by Lauren Mills

See how Minna stayed true to herself when her classmates talked about her coat.

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Solving problems,
Sharing and borrowing

6–9

Illustration of a sheep

Sheep in a Shop
by Nancy Shaw

Find out how the sheep solved the problem of not having enough money.

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Making decisions,
Solving problems

4+

Illustration of a shoe

Those Shoes
by Maribeth Boelts

See what happens when Jeremy prioritizes buying a pair of black high tops.

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Prioritizing,
Sharing and borrowing

5–8

Illustration of a car

Tia Isa Wants a Car (Tía Isa Quiere Un Carro)
by Meg Medina

Check out how Tia Isa keeps track of her savings for the car she wants.

Download parent reading guide
(en español )

Solving problems,
Saving

4–8

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