When was the last time you read as a family? It’s one of the best ways to spend quality time together and to strike up some meaningful conversations. To cap off this blog series on great money books, I’ve created a list of some books that are great for all ages. To add to this list, ask your children’s librarian to direct you to any new books that have come out about money. This way, you always have something relevant on hand when the provocative topic of money comes up. Even as children get older, a good story or a good picture book will still capture their attention and their imagination. It’s a great indirect way to communicate money lessons and values to your children without sounding preachy.
Eyewitness: MONEY by Joe Cribb and Laura Buller (DK Publishing, 2000) is full of amazing pictures of early money, international money and what we used to use before there was money. Our Money: I Know America by Karen Bornemann Spies (Turtleback Books, 2003) explores the meaning of money and how our money is made.
All of these books and many more are available at your local library. In fact, you can even find two titles that I have written with Lynette Khalfani Cox on the shelves. “The Millionaire Kid$ Club” is a new series dedicated to teach kids about the four choices they have for money. We have four titles out now, Garage Sale Riches (Advantage World Press, 2008), Putting the “Do” in Donate (Advantage World Press, 2008, Home Sweet Home (Advantage World Press, 2008) and Penny Power (Advantage World Press, 2009). Kids ages preschool through third grade will enjoy reading about the money challenges these four friends overcome.