Money Lessons from a Child’s Bookshelf

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When it comes to teaching your kids about money and finances, there is no need to go looking for specific books on these subjects. Your child’s bookself is probably already full of books that can bring financial lessons to life. Here are just a few of the possibilities:

Mother Goose Rhymes, traditional: Money themes abound in these simple rhyming books. Whether or not you agree with the values they portray, here’s a starting point for conversation:

  • One Two Buckle My Shoe: counting and grouping lessons
  • See-Saw Margery Daw: work and compensation
  • Jack Sprat, Pease Porridge Hot: conservation
  • Hickety Pickety, Sing A Song of Sixpence: wealth and the distribution of power
  • To Mark


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3 Responses to Money Lessons from a Child’s Bookshelf

  1. scfr says:

    Also Aesop’s Fable “The Ant and the Grasshopper”: The ant gathers extra food during the summer months when food is plentiful and gets through the cold winter comfortably. The grasshopper plays all summer and then suffers terribly in the winter because he has no winter store.

  2. Shannon Christman says:

    Great article! I think too many adults dismiss the value of children’s literature; even we can learn from it.

    Books themselves can also teach kids about money. My two-year-old already knows the difference between buying books at a bookstore and borrowing them from the library, and he seems to realize that he can enjoy the free books just as much as the ones that cost money, even if he does have to give them back.

  3. Dawn says:

    Thanks for the article …
    I’m in early childhood education and will pass this on to my co-workers.

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