Looking for a straightforward yet likeable book about saving money for your 4- to 8-year-old? "Just Saving My Money," a Little Critter book by Mercer Mayer, fits the bill. Little Critter's skateboard is busted, so Dad suggests he earn and save money to buy a new one. Little Critter earns money by selling lemonade and doing chores, in his trademark well-meaning but haphazard manner. Dad takes his son to the bank to open a savings account. The solemn and quiet atmosphere of the bank makes it an intimidating place for Little Critter, until a teller puts his coins through the change machine. Little Critter soon has enough crisp bills to buy a new skateboard, but by then he has his eye on a robo-dinosaur. This introduction to earning, saving, and spending featuring a familiar friend may just inspire smart money habits in your young child.
Join us for Kids and Money events for children ages 4-8 during Money Smart Week today through April 27. To find participating branches and register for a free copy of this year's Big Read book, "A Dollar for Penny," call (920) 448-5846.
"Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday" by Judith Viorst
"Arthur Breaks the Bank" by Marc Brown
"Arthur's Funny Money" by Lillian Hoban
"The Berenstain Bears' Trouble With Money" by Stan Berenstain
"Bunny Money" by Rosemary Wells
Kindergarten to Grade 3
"The Coin Counting Book" by Rozanne Lanczak Williams. Simple rhyming text and photographs of actual coins make counting money fun and easy.
"Isabel's Car Wash" by Sheila Bair. Jessie wants to have her face painted but is short 11 cents. As other customers come and leave a penny or two in the pot, we see how small amounts add up and sharing even a few pennies can help.
"Do I Need It? Or Do I Want It?: Making Budget Choices" by Jennifer Larson
"Lemons and Lemonade: A Book About Supply and Demand" by Nancy Loewen
"Money" by Joe Cribb
"Money Madness" by David A. Adler
"The Penny Pot" by Stuart J. Murphy
"Pretty Penny" (series) by Devon Kinch
"Spend, Save or Donate?: A Book About Managing Money" Nancy Loewen
"Start Saving, Henry!" by Nancy Carlson
"The Story of Money" by -Betsy Maestro
"What Can You Do with Money?: Earning, Spending and Saving" by Jennifer S. Larson
"What Is Money Anyway?: Why Dollars and Coins Have Value" by Jennifer S. Larson
"Where Do We Keep Money?: How Banks Work" by Jennifer S. Larson
"You Can't Buy a Dinosaur With a Dime" by Harriet Ziefert
Grade 4 and up
"Not Your Parents' Money Book: Making, Saving, and Spending Your Own Money" by Jean Chatzky (Grades 5 and up)
"Show Me the Money" by Alvin D. Hall
"A Smart Girl's Guide to Money: How to Make it, Save it, and Spend it" by Nancy Holyoke (Grades 4-7)
Resources for parents
"The No-Cash Allowance: A Practical Guide for Teaching Your Children How to Manage Money" by Lynne Finch. Useful activities and strategies to teach kids of all ages about using debit cards, electronic transfers, and credit transactions.
"Debt Proof Your Kids" by Mary Hunt
"The First National Bank of Dad: The Best Way to Teach Kids About Money" by David Owen