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Financial Literacy Books to Read With Your Children

A list of books to read with your children that teach money and financial literacy concepts. Ranging in levl from SK-Grade 6, compiled by Cent$ible Students.

Franklin and the Scooter

Franklin wants a shiny, red scooter just like his friend Rabbit's, but Franklin doesn't have enough money to buy one. To raise funds, Franklin sets up a lemonade stand and a yard sale -- but still falls short. Then he discovers that Rabbit wants a bicycle. Since Franklin already owns a bicycle, the two friends arrive at the perfect solution: sharing. This Level 2 first reader contains longer stories, varied sentences, increased vocabulary, more difficult visual clues and some repetition.

The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Money (First Time Books(R))

To earn coins for the Astro Bear video game, Brother and Sister Bear find ways to work for money. How they find the middle ground between being spendthrifts and little misers makes for a funny, realistic story.

A Dollar for Penny

On a beautiful summer day a young girl sets up a lemonade stand and sells enough cups of refreshment to add up to a dollar. Told in rhyme, this delightful story combines the teaching of addition with a traditional rite of childhood entrepreneurship!

A Chair For My Mother

After a fire destroys their home and possessions, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save and save until they can afford to buy one big, comfortable chair that all three of them can enjoy.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. "A superbly conceived picture book expressing the joyful spirit of a loving family."--Horn Book.

Rock, Brock, and the Savings Shock

Grade 3-5-Twin brothers are very different, especially in the way that they deal with money: Rock is a spender and Brock is a saver. Their grandfather hires them to do chores and then encourages them to save by matching the total amount of money that they have accumulated from their pay each week.

My Rows and Piles of Coins

"I emptied my secret money box, arranged the coins in piles and the piles in rows . . ." The market is full of wonderful things, but Saruni is saving his precious coins for a red and blue bicycle. How happy he will be when he can help his mother carry heavy loads to market on his very own bicycle--and how disappointed he is to discover that he hasn't saved nearly enough! 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.

You Can't Buy a Dinosaur With a Dime

When it comes to dollars and cents, it really pays to save! Everyone spends money, but in order to spend money, first you have to save it. Learn all about spending and saving in this humorous book about money. Ages 5-8

The Lemonade War (The Lemonade War Series)

Grade 3-5-Evan Treski and his younger sister, Jessie, get along well in many ways. They play together, and their natural talents are complementary. Jessie is a whiz in math and other school subjects, but feelings were her weakest subject. Evan is competent in the social arena, but he is not such a good student.

The Kids Guide to Money Cent$

Teaching children how to spend and save their money wisely is difficult when advertising, peer pressure and ever-changing trends constantly bombard young people. Now boys and girls can join the Money Cent$ gang -- three kids with very different money "personalities" -- as they get the inside scoop on money and discover their financial potential. Features quizzes, checklists, puzzles and more.

Scholastic Choices: Smart Money: How to Manage Your Cash

When life throws a curveball at teens and tweens, point them in the direction of Scholastic Choices - the hip guide to life that tackles the tough challenges kids face every day with cool quizzes, real-life stories, and practical advice about what hurts and what helps.

One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale

Exotic, beautiful, and instructive, this "mathematical folktale" by author-illustrator Demi emerged from her love of India. The narrative and the evocative illustrations combine to create a real sense of the culture and atmosphere of this romantic land.
It's the story of Rani, a clever girl who outsmarts a very selfish raja and saves her village. When offered a reward for a good deed, she asks only for one grain of rice, doubled each day for 30 days. Remember your math? That's lots of rice: enough to feed a village for a good long time--and to teach a greedy raja a lesson.

I'm Broke! The Money Handbook

Teach kids to spend and save smart with I’m Broke! The Money Handbook. Helpful tips on how to save and spend wisely are laid out in a fun and easy way for children, and lessons include real-world situations.