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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 zoo tickets

But I've Used All of My Pocket Change

by Lauren Child


See what happens after Lola makes some spending choices that she regrets.


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Making decisions,
Spending

4–8

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 multi-colored puppy

How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?

by Bob Merrill


Share in the feelings that come with doing things to help other people.


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Prioritizing,
Spending

3+

illustration of dress with bells on it

Jingle Dancer

by Cynthia Leitich Smith


See the ways Jenna takes small steps to reach her goal.


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Solving problems,
Sharing and borrowing

4+

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 wrench, nails, and bolts

Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen

by Cari Best


See how Sally Jean uses patience and creativity to get what she really wants.


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Solving problems,
Earning

4–8

illustration of dragon

Sam and the Lucky Money

by Karen Chinn


Find out how small amounts make a big difference during Sam’s trip to Chinatown.


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Prioritizing,
Sharing and borrowing

4–8

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.


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(en español )

Solving problems,
Saving

4–8