Children’s Books About Money

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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, 1978. 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.

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.

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.

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. Find out what treasure Juan finds.

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.


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.

A Job For Jenny Archer by Ellen Conford.
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. 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.

Money on the Bookshelf Money Concepts: Decision Making, Recognizing Resources and Recognizing Success.
Jerome The Babysitter by Eileen Christelow.
Clarion, 1985. Jerome goes on his first baby-sitting 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 Trouble 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. Money on the Bookshelf Concepts: Recognizing Success, Problem Solving and Goal Setting.

My Rows and Piles of Coins by Tololwa M. Mollel.
Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Clarion Books (1999). Saruni saves money he receives from helping his mother work in the marketplace. His goal is to save enough money to buy a bicycle, so that he can better help his mother carry food to the marketplace. He works and saves his money for a long time. Money on the Bookshelf Concepts: Savings, Goal Setting, Prioritizing and Recognizing Success.

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 money 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. Money on the Bookshelf Concepts: Savings, Goal Setting, Problem Solving and Recognizing Success.

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.


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.


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.

The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.
Scholastic, 1876. In the second chapter, Tom gets out of the boring job of whitewashing the fence. He finds a way to get every boy in town to do it for him.

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?


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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

Discovered! by Yvonne Green.
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.

Compiled by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
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