Money Books for Children
We have personally read each and every one of these books, so the verdict is from our own personal experience.
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One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent (Level: Kindergarten - Grade 6)
Our household love Dr Seuss books. This book is no exception. Although not written by the Dr himself, the author very cleverly explore the concept of bartering and the origins of money. Whilst it's somewhat US-centric on some pages, it is nevertheless a very entertaining book for non-US readers to discover the different money concepts.
All of my children thoroughly enjoyed this book (as did the adults)!
Rock, Brock and the Savings Shock (Level: Grade 1 - Grade 6)
This book is a close second favourite for the whole family. So many morals to the story - saving, wants and needs, compound interest. It also gives children other non-money messages - sharing, never judge a person by their eating habits or cleanliness!
And it all rhymes too!
How Much is a Million? (Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2)
This book doesn't actually have anything to do with money. What it does is give context to how much a million is, by using measurements such as if a million children stood on each other's shoulders, they would be taller than the tallest building, etc. This gives younger children some context of how much a million is.
The subsequent book If You Made a Million is about money.
Note to readers: the pictures in this book is centered around landmarks in the US.
If You Made A Million (Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6)
Money concepts are introduced in this book. Children learn about earning money from doing jobs and also learn about the different permutations that make up the same value - such as two five-dollar notes makes ten-dollars, which is the same as one ten-dollar note.
This book would suit an older child who is able to do simple maths well.
Note to readers: The currency used in this book is US currency, so words like 'quarter' and 'penny' are used instead of cents.
Pigs Will Be Pigs (Level: Kindergarten - Grade 6)
What do you do when you're hungry and there's no food? Go out to eat, of course. But what if you don't have any money? Find out how the Pig family deal with this dilemma. If you follow the story along with a pencil and piece of paper, you could get an older child to do the maths along the way.
Note: the currency used in the story is US-centric. There's a lot of reference to dime, nickel, etc so if your children are not familiar with the US currency and have no interest in learning about another country's currency, this isn't the book for them.
A Chair for My Mother (Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2)
The story of a little girl from a poor family who starts putting spare change into a big jar. When a fire destroys all of the family's belongings, the money jar brought comfort and happiness in the form of a chair for her weary mother to use.
Another US-centric book, but the heart-warming story that children all over the world can relate to.
Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Saturday (Level: Kindergarten - Grade 6)
This book has a good story line about how easily money can be spent. A few cents here and there doesn't seem like much, but over the course of one week, it can be a lot!
Unfortunately my children didn't like this book. It is a bit too long and repetitive to hold their interest. While the moral of this story is suitable for very young children, it is best read with a much older child (age 8+).