Build your child’s money skills while you read

Amazing reading resource from the CFPB

It’s important to you to get the most out of reading time with your child. Money as You Grow Bookshelf lets you build on the time you may already be spending on reading together, and helps you bring money topics to life through storytime.

Get started

  1. Browse through the list of books and choose one you’d like to read with your child, for ages 4 to 10. The books should be readily available at your library or bookstore.
  2. Download the reading guide, which helps you explain the key ideas covered in the book and gives you questions to ask during reading time and activities for afterward.
  3. Have fun reading together. Hold the book so everyone can see it and ask questions as you go. See 9 ideas to keep reading fun .
Want to bring the book club to your library? Get started with our how-to guide and order free resources from GPO .

Reading guides

Key ideas Age
Illustration of a teapot A Bargain for Frances
by Russell HobanSee how Frances had to work on prioritizing when she bought a tea set.

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Setting goals,
Staying true to yourself
6+
Illustration of a chair A Chair for My Mother
by Verna WilliamsCheck out how the family follows through after they save enough for a new chair.

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Setting goals,
Earning
6+
Illustration of a coin with wings Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday 
by Judith ViorstFind out what Alexander learns about self-control after he overspends.

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Prioritizing,
Saving
4+
illustration of zoo tickets But I’ve Used All of My Pocket Change
by Lauren ChildSee what happens after Lola makes some spending choices that she regrets.

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Making decisions,
Spending
4–8
Illustration of a bowl of salsa and chips Count on Pablo (Cuenta Con Pablo)
by Barbara deRubertisFind out how Pablo practices flexibility at the vegetable market.

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(en español )

Solving problems,
Earning
5–7
Illustration of a train Curious George Saves His Pennies
by Margaret and H.A. ReySee how a savings bank helps George practice sharing and borrowing.

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Making decisions,
Sharing and borrowing
4–7
illustration of multi-colored puppy How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?
by Bob MerrillShare in the feelings that come with doing things to help other people.

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Prioritizing,
Spending
3+
illustration of dress with bells on it Jingle Dancer
by Cynthia Leitich SmithSee the ways Jenna takes small steps to reach her goal.

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Solving problems,
Sharing and borrowing
4+
Illustration of a shopping cart Just Shopping with Mom
by Mercer MayerCheck out the way the children help Mom with spending at the store.

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Prioritizing,
Spending
4+
Illustration of a pitcher of lemonade Lemonade in Winter
by Emily JenkinsSpot the ways Pauline and John-John exercise flexibility at their lemonade stand.

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Solving problems,
Spending
3–7
Illustration of a bicycle My Rows and Piles of Coins
by Tololwa M. MollelSympathize with Sarumi as he uses self-control to resist salespeople at the market.

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Setting goals,
Saving
4–7
Illustration of an ox cart Ox-Cart Man
by Donald HallUnderstand how the farm family set goals to make and grow things to use and eat.

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Earning,
Setting goals
4+
illustration of wrench, nails, and bolts Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen
by Cari BestSee how Sally Jean uses patience and creativity to get what she really wants.

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Solving problems,
Earning
4–8
illustration of dragon Sam and the Lucky Money
by Karen ChinnFind out how small amounts make a big difference during Sam’s trip to Chinatown.

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Prioritizing,
Sharing and borrowing
4–8
Illustration of a sheep Sheep in a Shop
by Nancy ShawFind out how the sheep solved the problem of not having enough money.

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Making decisions,
Solving problems
4+
Illustration of a needle and thread The Berenstain Bears & Mama’s New Job
by Stan and Jan BerenstainSee how Mama’s hobby became a way of earning money for the family.

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Setting goals,
Staying true to yourself
4+
Illustration of an arcade machine The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Money
by Stan and Jan BerenstainCheck out ways the Bear family helped the cubs with saving their money.

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Making decisions,
Spending
4+
Illustration of a purse The Purse
by Kathy CapleFind out how Katie felt when she set a goal of buying a new purse.

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Solving problems,
Setting goals
4+
Illustration of a coat The Rag Coat
by Lauren MillsSee how Minna stayed true to herself when her classmates talked about her coat.

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Solving problems,
Sharing and borrowing
6–9
Illustration of a shoe Those Shoes
by Maribeth BoeltsSee what happens when Jeremy prioritizes buying a pair of black high tops.

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Prioritizing,
Sharing and borrowing
5–8
Illustration of a car Tia Isa Wants a Car (Tía Isa Quiere Un Carro)
by Meg MedinaCheck out how Tia Isa keeps track of her savings for the car she wants.

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(en español )

Solving problems,
Saving
4–8