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Teaching children and teens money management: the books are out there

Oct. 23, 2012, on her site, Live Like a Mensch, Emily Guy Birken

asked the Dollar Stretcher Community if participants “had any recommendations for books about money that kids can actually be interested in reading and can learn something from."



The title of her post was "Any Suggestions for Money Books for Kids?" I read her post and thought she had some great ideas and suggestions.



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I decided to look around to see what I could find on the topic.



I learn a lot while mall walking at our local shopping center.



This morning was cool, cloudy, a little depressing. I decided to drive to the local shopping center and to "mall walk". I don’t know if this is a popular pastime where you live and shop. But here in Minnesota it is sort of a winter tradition.


You can always recognize the mall walkers. They leave their coats and purses in the trunk or a locker and wear tennis (deck) shoes and a determined expression on their faces as they walk around the Center.



On catching site of the Barnes and Nobel book store, I decided to stop in. This is a pretty large store with a dedicated children's section.



Ambling along I found a clerk with a helpful expression on her face. I asked if there were any children's books on the topic of money management for children.



"Follow me," she said and I did. Reaching a very full bookcase, she stuck her hand into a separation in the books and withdrew five.



I was surprised and, with her permission, took the bunch to a shelf in the children's section. I wanted to write down the names of the volumes but I had no paper. The helpful clerk solved the problem by giving me a few sheets of paper and her pen.



Here are my best guesses and findings



People are actually writing and publishing paperbacks and hardbacks about money management for children.


Books seem to be written for children and teens of different ages.


One volume appeared to be designed for a parent and child to read. The material was elementary but there was a lot of written material.




Authors and titles of books I skimmed



For Children


The Kids Money Book by Jamie Kyle McGillian

Sterling Publishing Co., New York

·  ISBN-10: 1402717652

·  ISBN-13: 978-1402717659



For Children and Parent


Everything Kid’s Money Book

by Brette McWharter Sembler

Karen Cooper, Publisher, New York

·  ISBN-10: 1598697846

·  ISBN-13: 978-1598697841



For older children and teens



The Totally Awesome Money Book for Kids

by Arthur Bochner and Rose Bochner

Newmarket Press Publisher, New York

·  ISBN-10: 1557044937

·  ISBN-13: 978-1557044938



Not Your Parents Money Book; Making, saving, and spending your own money

by Jean Chatsky

Simon and Schuster, Publisher, New York and other international sites

·  ISBN-10: 1416994726

·  ISBN-13: 978-1416994725



Growing Money: a complete investing guide for kids

by Gail Karlitz and Debbie Honig

Penguin Group, Publishers New York City

·  ISBN-10: 0843199059

·  ISBN-13: 978-0843199055



More books are listed on Amazon,com



I am very pleased that people are out there, writing books for our children and those of friends and family.


I have always wondered how we expect children to know how to manage money if they are never properly taught.


When you teach a child, you are preparing him/her for the future.



I hope you find books and learning material that is helpful to you in working with children and teens.



In addition to this list there are other opportunities out there for helping children. Two of these are:








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