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This month's Money as You Grow book club pick: "Count on Pablo"

Read “Count on Pablo” with your child and use our Parent Guide to help you talk about problem-solving and earning money.

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To kick off our latest selections, the Money as You Grow book club is featuring “Count on Pablo,” by Barbara deRubertis, for ages 5 to 7. In the book, Pablo and his grandmother work together to bring fruits and vegetables to the market, and when they face a setback, they use their creativity to overcome it and have a successful day.

In the Parent Guide for “Count on Pablo,” you’ll find questions you can ask your child about the story. For young children, it’s important to build foundational skills, like thinking flexibly. As you read, you might ask about other ways Pablo and his grandmother could have solved their problem of selling their produce. Slightly older children, up to age 10, may be curious about the world of money around them. You might ask your child about the different jobs people do at the market and what skills are required for those jobs.

The Parent Guide also includes activities you can do with your child, based on the key ideas in the book. For “Count on Pablo,” the activities focus on:

  • Solving problems
  • Staying flexible
  • Practicing math and counting skills 
  • Earning money

The Money as You Grow book club gives parents and caregivers a natural way to start money conversations with children. You can read the Money as You Grow book club selections at home on your own. Use our discussion guides for key ideas, questions, and activities for all of the books in the book club.

You can also join a book club at your local library or start a club yourself. Download our Implementation Guide to get started!

We hope this story, and the others we’ll be sharing in the coming months, help you unlock new ways to talk to your children about money skills, habits, and attitudes that can help them in future. Check out our Money as You Grow resources for even more activities and conversation starters.

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