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
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.
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
People are actually
writing and publishing paperbacks and hardbacks about money management for
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
The Kids Money Book by
Jamie Kyle McGillian
Sterling Publishing Co.,
· ISBN-10: 1402717652
· ISBN-13: 978-1402717659
For Children and Parent
Everything Kid’s Money
by Brette McWharter
Karen Cooper, Publisher,
· ISBN-10: 1598697846
· ISBN-13: 978-1598697841
For older children and
The Totally Awesome
Money Book for Kids
by Arthur Bochner and
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
Publishers New York City
· ISBN-10: 0843199059
· ISBN-13: 978-0843199055
More books are listed on
I am very pleased that
people are out there, writing books for our children and those of friends and
I have always wondered
how we expect children to know how to manage money if they are never properly
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
In addition to this list
there are other opportunities out there for helping children. Two of these are:
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