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Children's Books About Money for Ages 3 and Older

How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? by Iza Trapani and Bob Merrill. Charlesbridge Publishing, 2004.
Longing to buy a special puppy, a boy tries to earn the money he needs but ends up spending it on family members, who ultimately surprise him with a special gift. Includes music on the last page.

Paddy's Pay Day by Alexandra Day. Penguin Group, 1989.
Paddy is a dog who does circus acts. On his day off, he goes shopping. You can tell what's important to Paddy by what he buys with the money he earned.

Tom and Annie Go Shopping by Barry Smith. Houghton Mifflin, 1988.
Tom and Annie go shopping for a lot of items. This book asks you to find the items on the shelves. Shopping isn't as easy as it looks.

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Children's Books About Money for Ages 4 and Older

Joe the Monkey Saves For A Goal by John Lanza. Snigglezoo Books, 2010.
Joe the Monkey is saving for the SuperVine 3000. His friend, Vargas the Vulture, thinks he should buy candy. Includes downloadable Reading Guide.

One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent: All About Money by Bonnie Worth and Aristides Ruiz. Random House Books for Young Readers, 2008.
The Cat In the Hat puts to rest any notion that money grows on trees in this super simple look at numismatics, the study of money and its history.

It's A Habit, Sammy Rabbit! by Sam X Renick. The It's A Habit! Company, 2001.
Teaches children the importance of forming good money habits at an early age in an entertaining and interactive manner.

Will Sammy Ride the World's First Space Coaster? by Sam X Renick. The It's A Habit! Company, 2003.
Sammy learns not only the importance of saving but also lessons about fairness and sharing with friends.

The Penny Pot by Stuart J. Murphy and Lynne Woodcock Cravath. HarperCollins, 1998.
Follow along and count coins with Jessie and her friends as they are transformed into a clown, a monster, and more at the face painting booth.

Money Mama & The Three Little Pigs by Lori Mackey. P4K Publishing, 2003.
Money Mama introduces the basics of sound money management and helps children develop a positive money attitude.

Lucky the Golden Goose by John Wrenn. Red Truck Pub Inc, 1999.
A story about a goose and her pumpkin seeds that teaches about saving and the power of compound interest.

The Money Tree by Sarah Stewart. Live Oak Media, 2007.
What would you do with a tree that grew dollar bills instead of leaves? Miss McGillicuddy has an idea of her own.

The Smart Little $aver by Matt Fuller. Matthew Fuller, 1999.
Alex and Justin learn the importance of a piggy bank when Alex's dog gets hurt.

A Dollar for Penny by Julie Glass and Joy Allen. Random House Books for Young Readers, 2000.
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. Teaches addition along with the traditional rite of childhood entrepreneurship!

Max's Money Machine by Ken Wilson-Max. Hyperion Book CH, 1999.
Max and his friends use their coins for the things they like, such as gumballs and magic tricks.

Bunny Money by Rosemary Wells. Puffin, 2000.
Ruby has saved up a walletful of bills, but as unexpected mishap after mishap occurs, money starts running through the bunnies' fingers.... Will she have enough left for the perfect present?.

Pigs Will Be Pigs by Amy Axelrod. Aladdin, 1997.
Meet Mr. Pig, Mrs. Pig, and the piglets. Here's a family that must add, subtract, multiply, and divide, and think about the way money works in order to satisfy their big pig appetites.

My Rows and Piles of Coins by Tololwa M. Mollel. Clarion Books, 1999.
The market is full of wonderful things, but Saruni is saving his precious coins for a red and blue bicycle. Determination and generosity are at the heart of this satisfying tale, set in Tanzania.

Arthur’s Funny Money by Lillian Hoban. HarperCollins, 1984.
Arthur’s attempts to earn enough money to buy a T-shirt and cap, assisted by his sister Violet. Simple business concepts are ingeniously woven into the story.

Carl Goes Shopping by Alexandra Day. Harper & Collins, 1989.
A dog named Carl goes to the store with his master. He watches the baby while the master goes shopping. Carl cares for the baby as they explore different parts of the store.

Curious George At The Laundromat by Margret Rey. Houghton Mifflin, 1987.
George tries to use the washing machine and makes a mess.

Just Shopping With Mom by Mercer Mayer. Western, 1989.
Mom shops with three youngsters. One has trouble accepting “no” for an answer.

Mrs. Pirate by Nick Sharratt. Candlewick Press, 1994.
Mrs. Pirate goes shopping. She buys items for the ship. This is a great book for children who are just starting to read.

My First Job by Julia Allen. Aro Publishing, 1987.
A small boy is asked to perform his first household jobs. Dimes and feelings of success are his rewards.

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall. Scholastic Inc., 1979.
A farm family use their time and energy and talents to grow or make almost everything they need. They also grow or make extra things to take to market and sell.

Sheep In A Shop by Nancy Shaw. Houghton Mifflin, 1991.
Some sheep go shopping for a birthday gift. They find out they do not have enough money to pay for it. They decided to solve their problem by trading.

The Berenstain Bears & Mama's New Job by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Random House, 1984.
When Mama becomes a “business bear,” the way work gets done around the house changes. Other members of the Bear family discover how to help more.

The Berenstain Bears Get The Gimmes by Jan and Stan Berenstain. Random House, 1988.
Can Mama and Papa Bear find a way to keep the cubs from begging at the store?

The Berenstain Bears' Trouble With Money by Jan and Stan Berenstain. Random House, 1983.
Brother and sister Bear spend money as soon as they get it. Mama and Papa Bear want the cubs to understand that there is more to know about money than just how to spend it.

The Berenstain Bears' Dollars and Sense by Jan and Stan Berenstain. Random House, 2001.
Brother and Sister Bear know some things about money but they don't know is how to manage their allowances. Mama comes up with a terrific idea to help them learn the value of money and how to save it.

Dreams Can Come True (The Financial Fairy Tales) by Daniel Britton. AuthorHouse, 2010.
Dreams Can Come True tells the story of Tom, the woodcutter's son, with big dreams. Under the mentorship of his wealthy uncle, can he overcome his humble beginnings and reach the life of his dreams?

The Magic Magpie (The Financial Fairy Tales) by Daniel Britton. AuthorHouse, 2010.
The Magic Magpie tells the story of a brother and sister, Jacob and Hannah, with very different approaches to money and life. Jacob is practical and sensible, while Hannah is looking to get rich quick.

The Last Gold Coin (The Financial Fairy Tales) by Daniel Britton. AuthorHouse, 2010.
The Last Gold Coin tells the story of a young prince who returns from an adventure to find his Kingdom in ruins until the arrival of a beautiful stranger brings a change in fortune.

Working Cotton by Shirley Anne Wilson. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to pick cotton? This book is about a day in the life of a family who work together in the cotton fields.

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Children's Books About Money for Ages 5 and Older

How The Second Grade Got $8,205.50 To Visit The Statue Of Liberty by Nathan Zimelman. Whitman, 1992.
The second grade class finds out that earning money for a big trip is not as easy as it looks.

A Bargain For Frances by Russell Hoban. HarperCollins, 1970.
Frances saves and saves for a china tea set. Her friend Thelma tricks her into buying an old plastic tea set. Thelma says there are no “backsies” on the bargain. Frances finds a way to get what she really wants.

A Quarter From The Tooth Fairy by Caren Holtzman. Scholastic Inc.,1995.
A boy tries to figure out how to spend the money he got from the tooth fairy. This book has notes in the front for adults and activities in the back for kids.

Alexander, Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst. Atheneum, 2009.
Alexander started the week as a rich young man. There are so many things he could do with a dollar. The money begins to slip away.

Apple Picking Time by Michele Benoit Slawson. Crown, 1994.
All the townspeople work in the orchards at harvest time. Anna sets a goal to pick a whole basket of apples herself.

Brothers by Florence B. Freedman. Harper and Row, 1985.
Two brothers inherit their father's land and split it evenly. Find out how they make their father’s wish come true.

Not So Fast Songololo by Niki Daly. Atheneum, 1985.
A young boy goes with his grandmother to the busy city. He helps her do her shopping. Before they leave, she gets him a nice surprise.

Something Special For Me by Vera B. Williams. Greenwillow Books, 1983.
Rosa can't make up her mind. After a long day of shopping, she finally finds the gift she wants.
Also available in Spanish.

The Gold Coin by Alma F. Ada. Atheneum, 1991.
This is a picture book based on a Spanish folk tale. Juan is a thief who wants to steal Doña Josefa's gold coin. As he travels to find her, he meets farmers and villagers who need his help with their chores. By the times he finds Doña Josefa, he has found another type of treasure.

The Purse by Kathy Caple. Houghton Mifflin, 1986.
Katie loves the noise her savings make in her Band-Aid box. She spends her savings on a new purse and throws away her Band-Aid box. Now she has no noise and no money.

Tight Times by Barbara Shook Hazen. Viking Press, 1979.
David learns about “tight times” and making hard decisions.

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Children's Books About Money for Ages 6 and Older

A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams. Greenwillow Books, 1982.
A family loses all their furniture in a fire. They set a goal to buy a chair for mother. Find out how the family, neighbors and friends work together for success. Spanish Edition Hmong Edition

A Job For Jenny Archer by Ellen C onford. Little, Brown, 1988.
Jenny wants to buy her Mom a fur coat. She tries many ways to earn money. Instead of a coat, Jenny finds the perfect gift in a most unlikely place.

Arthur's Pet Business by Marc Brown. Little, Brown, 1990.
Arthur wants a pet. His parents doubt he can take care of one. Arthur starts a pet business to prove his parents wrong.

Bea And Mr. Jones by Amy Schwarz. Bradbury, 1982. Age 6 and up. Bea and her father switch places. He goes to school. She goes to work.

Ben Goes Into Business by Marilyn Hirsch. Holiday House, 1973.
A boy in the early 1900’s makes 60 cents with a 10 cent investment at Coney Island.

Erandi’s Braids by Antonio Hernández Madrigal. G.P. Putnam’s Sons (1999).
Erandi’s mother needs a new fishing net and also wants to buy Erandi her birthday gift, but is unable to due to their limited income. Erandi recognizes that her braids are valuable and makes a decision.

Jerome The Babysitter by Eileen Christelow. Clarion, 1985.
Jerome goes on his first babysitting job. The kids play tricks on him. Jerome is surprised when he gets them all to bed.

Leo And Emily's Zoo by Franz Brandenberg (1988).
Leo and Emily set up their own zoo. They make people pay to get in. Things don't go well. See who helps them out.

Money Troubles by Bill Cosby. Illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood. Scholastic (1998).
Little Bill wants to become famous by discovering a new comet, but first he needs a telescope. The telescope he wants costs $100 and he only has $47.87 in his football bank. Little Bill finds ways to earn money through jobs.

No Time For Christmas by Judy Delton. Carolrhoda, 1988.
Two friends get jobs to buy each other Christmas presents. One works nights and the other works days. They don't see each other anymore.

Pedrito’s Day by Luis Garay. Illustrated by Monica Hughes. Orchard’s Books (1997).
Pedrito works to make m oney to buy a bicycle to help his mother at the marketplace. He helps his aunt with work, but makes a mistake and looses her money. He then finds a way to fix his mistake.

Something Good by Robert Munsch. Annick Press Ltd., 1990.
Tyya tries and tries to get her father to buy “something good” at the grocery store. After some trouble, Tyya’s father buys her for $29.95.

The Cinnamon Hen's Autumn Day by Sandra Dutton. Atheneum, 1988.
Is it more fun to rake your own leaves or have Mr. Rabbit's lawn service do it for you?

The Gift by Aliana Brodmann. Simon and Schuster, 1993.
A young girl cannot decide what to buy with her Hanukkah money. Her decision is touching and surprising.

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Children's Books About Money for Ages 8 and Older

Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco. Philomel Books, 1992.
To thank old Eula for her wonderful chicken dinners, the children sell decorated eggs and buy her a beautiful Easter hat.

The Rag Coat by Lauren A. Mills. Little Brown, 1991.
Minna proudly wears her new coat of clothing scraps to school, where the other children laugh at her until she tells them the stories behind the scraps.

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Children's Books About Money for Ages 9 and Older

All The Money In The World by Bill Brittain. HarperCollins, 1979.
A young boy’s wish for all the money in the world comes true. The boy finds out that having all the money in the world isn't as fun as he thought.

Jefferson by Mary Frances Shura. Dodd, 1984.
Jefferson's family doesn't have enough money to give him a birthday party. The neighborhood kids earn money for a party.

Lyddie by Katherine Paterson, Lodestar Books, 1991.
In the 1840’s a farm girl goes to the city to get a factory job. She works hard to earn money to pay off the debt on the family farm.

Project Wheels by Jacqueline Turner Banks. Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
Angela and her friends raise money. They want to help a classmate buy a wheelchair. Angela begins to see that she and her friends are growing-up.

Tybee Trimble's Hard Times by Lila Perl. Clarion, 1984.
Tybee wants to go to the circus, but there's no extra money. Should she go alone if she earns the money for a ticket?

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Children's Books About Money for Ages 10 and Older

Blue Denim Blues by Anne W. Smith. Atheneum, 1983.
Shy Janet is good with children. She gets a job in day care. She learns about child abuse and overcomes her shyness.

Finders, Keepers by Elizabeth Crary. Parenting Press, 1987.
What would you do if you found something? Finders of lost goods have choices.

First Things First by Kristi D. Holl. Atheneum, 1986.
Shelly's mom and dad can't pay for summer camp this year. Shelly spends her summer earning money. She finds out what is important to her.

Gopher, Tanker And The Admiral by Shirley Climo. Crowell, 1984.
Gopher wants to earn money to buy a bike. He decides to baby-sit for a crabby neighbor who has a broken leg. Together they solve a mystery.

Kid Power by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Watts, 1977.
Janice has a summer business doing odd jobs. She ends up with more jobs than she can handle. She hires other kids to work for her.

Kid Power Strikes Back by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Watts, 1984.
Janice's summer business ends when school starts. She begins to miss the money she made. Find out what she does.

Mall Mania by Betsy Haynes. Bantam Skylark, 1991.
Beth borrows a friend's credit card and goes on a shopping spree at the mall. She gets deeply into debt and must find a way out.

Oliver Dibbs To The Rescue by Barbara Steiner. Four Winds, 1985.
Oliver and his brother think about ways to earn money. They want to use the money to help protect animals.

The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill. Houghton Mifflin, 1972.
Rufus makes his own toothpaste. He starts selling it and makes money. His friends help him make his business something great.

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Children's Books About Money for Ages 11 and Older

How To Get Fabulously Rich by Thomas Rockwell. Watts, 1990.
Billy wins a lot of money. Everyone he knows wants some of the money. He wonders if winning was worth it.

Jason And The Money Tree by Sonia Levitan. Harcourt Brace, 1974.
Jason plants a ten dollar bill. It grows into a money tree. He gets into some situations that help him learn about life.

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Children's Books About Money for Ages 12 and Older

Credit-Card Carole by Sheila Klass. Scribner's, 1987
Carole loves to shop. She runs up a huge credit-card bill. Find out how she takes care of it.

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Children's Books About Money for Ages 13 and Older

Discovered! by Yvonne Greene. Bantam, 1988.
Kelly ends up getting into the world of modeling by accident. She finds out it is not all fun.

It happened At Cecelia's by Erika Tamar. Atheneum, 1989.
Andy's father is part-owner of a restaurant. Trouble starts when the mob tries to take over.

Seventeen Against The Dealer by Cynthia Voigt. Atheneum, 1989.
Dicey uses her money to open a boat shop. When she tries to build her own boat, she ends up in situations she never imagined.

Shadow In The North by Philip Pullman. Knopf, 1988.
Sally's business causes a client to lose money. She tries to find out why and is drawn into a complex plot.

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Children's Books About Money for All Ages

King Midas by Nathaniel Hawthorne. McGraw Hill, 1959.
This book is based on the Greek legend of King Midas. King Midas was a greedy king who wished that everything he touched would turn to gold. He got his wish, but found out that some things are more precious than gold.

The Gift Of The Magi by O. Henry was originally published by Doubleday in 1906 but can now be found in almost any collection of O. Henry short stories.
This is a classic tale of love, giving and sacrifice.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Harper and Row, 1964.
This is a sensitive tale of giving (and taking) until there is no more to give – or so it seems.

The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz. McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1978.
This story is based on an old Hebrew folk tale. Follow Isaac as his dreams lead him on a treasure hunt in the city. He finds no treasure until he returns home.

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