A new addition to Money as You Grow Bookshelf is "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" by Bob Merrill, for ages three and up. In the book, a boy spots a dog in a pet store and is disappointed when it’s sold to someone else. But then his family has a surprise for him in the end.
In the you’ll find questions that you can ask your child about the story. For young children, it’s important to build foundational skills like prioritizing and staying true to yourself. You might ask your child about a time they had to pass up something they really wanted. Slightly older children, up to age 10, may be curious about the world of earning, saving, and spending. You might ask your child about how they decide whether to spend their money or save it up.
The Parent Guide also includes activities you can do with your child, based on the key ideas in the book. For “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?” the activities focus on:
- Waiting for what we want
- Earning money
- Helping others
Money as You Grow Bookshelf gives parents and caregivers a natural way to start money conversations with children. You can read the Money as You Grow Bookshelf selections at home on your own. Use our Parent Guides for key ideas, questions, and activities.
Whether you’re a money expert or still learning yourself, we hope you’ve used this book, and the others on the list, to help you practice the skills and attitudes your children will need in the future. If you’ve checked out all of the books on the list and the Parent Guides that go with them, read more about activities and conversation starters for all age groups.