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Top 7 must-read books to teach kids about money

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


Trouble with Money by Stan and Jan Berenstain


Summary: Brother and Sister Bear spend money as soon as they get it.  To make money of their own, the cubs decide to start their very own businesses, from a lemonade stand to a pet-walking service. This beloved story is a perfect way to teach children about the importance of being responsible with money. The cubs learn there is more to know about money than just how to spend it.
Key ideas: Making decisions, spending
Age: 4 and up
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6)  A Chair for My Mother by Verna Williams


Chair for My Mother by Verna Williams


Summary: After their home is destroyed by a fire, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save their coins to buy a really comfortable chair for all to enjoy.  The family, neighbors, and friends work together for success.   A Chair for My Mother has sold more than a million copies and is an ideal choice for reading and sharing at home and in the classroom.
Key ideas: Setting goals, earning
Age: 6 and up
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5)  Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins


Lemonade in Winter


Summary: On a cold winter day, Pauline and John-John set up a lemonade stand on the street outside their home.  They try many ways to sell their drinks and Pauline teaches John-John how to count quarters along the way.  This book uses simple math concepts throughout to teach the spirit of entrepreneurship in a fun, engaging way.
Key ideas: Solving problems, spending
Age: 3 to 7
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4)  The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills


 The Rag Coat



Summary: After Minna’s father dies, her neighbors make her a coat so she can go to school in cold weather. Minna chose the scraps of fabric for her coat because of the special stories behind each scrap. She is surprised by the reaction of her new classmates to the coat.  With paintings that capture all the beauty of Appalachia in authentic detail, this tender story about a resourceful mountain girl’s special coat will touch readers with its affirming message of love and friendship.
Key ideas: Solving problems, sharing and borrowing
Age: 6 to 9
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3)  Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts


Those Shoes


Summary: Jeremy wants a pair of shoes like the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing. His grandma has enough money to buy Jeremy a new pair of boots, not the shoes he wants.  Though Jeremy’s grandma says they don’t have room for “want,” just “need,” when his old shoes fall apart at school, he is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that are much too small. But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy soon sees that the things he has — warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend — are worth more than the things he wants.
Key ideas: Prioritizing, sharing and borrowing
Age: 5 to 8


2)  Tia Isa Wants a Car by Meg Medina


Tia Isa Wants a Car


Summary: Tia Isa (Aunt Isa) is saving money to buy a car. Her niece earns money to help her aunt buy the car.  While Tía Isa saves, her niece does odd jobs for neighbors so she can add her earnings to the stack. But even with her help, will they ever have enough? Meg Medina’s simple, genuine story about keeping in mind those who are far away is written in lovely, lyrical prose and brought to life through Claudio Muñoz’s charming characters.
Key ideas: Solving problems, saving
Age: 4 to 8
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1)  My Rows and Piles of Coins by Tololwa M. Mollel


My Rows and Piles of Coins


Summary: A young boy in Tanzania, a country in Africa, works hard and saves all his money for months.  He wants to buy a bicycle to help his mother carry items to sell at the market. Determination and generosity are at the heart of this satisfying tale, set in Tanzania and illustrated with glowing watercolors that capture the warmth of Saruni’s family and the excitement of market day.

Key ideas: Setting goals, saving
Age: 4 to 7
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