In addition to teaching your toddler key values to learn financial literacy skills, books are another great resource to share with young children. Children learn by experience and examples.
The list of financial literacy books for kids probably isn’t what you think. It’s not a finance book for kids that is written textbook style. Instead, these are books that make financial literacy relatable. Your child will not know that they are learning about financial literacy or how to save money. The stories expose young children to teachable moments from the lens of other characters.
The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble With Money
by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Story Synopsis: To earn coins for the Astro Bear video game, Brother and Sister Bear find ways to work for money. How they find the middle ground between being spendthrifts and little misers makes for a funny, realistic story.
Just Saving My Money
by By Mercer Mayer
Story Synopsis: When Little Critter® wants a new skateboard, Dad tells him that he needs to save his own money to buy it! From feeding the dog to selling lemonade, Little Critter learns the value of a dollar.
Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money
by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Story Synopsis: A lemonade stand in winter? Yes, that’s exactly what Pauline and John-John intend to have, selling lemonade and limeade–and also lemon-limeade. With a catchy refrain (Lemon lemon LIME, Lemon LIMEADE! Lemon lemon LIME, Lemon LEMONADE!), plus simple math concepts throughout, here is a read-aloud that’s great for storytime and classroom use, and is sure to be a hit among the legions of Jenkins and Karas fans.
The Berenstain Bears’ Dollars and Sense
by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Story Synopsis: Brother and Sister Bear know some things about money. They know that money can be used to buy things like baseball cards, ice cream, candy, and balloons. What they don’t know is how to manage their allowances.
Then Mama comes up with a terrific idea to help them learn the value of money and how to save it — a checkbook! A series of tear-out checks is included in the book so that kids can use them at home just like the cubs do in Bear Country.
Synopsis from GoodReads.com
by Rosemary Wells
Story Synopsis: It’s Grandma’s birthday, and Ruby knows exactly what Grandma would love – a beautiful ballerina box. Max also knows what she’d love – a scary pair of ooey-gooey vampire teeth. Ruby has saved up a wallet full of bills, but as unexpected mishap, after mishap occurs, money starts running through the bunnies’ fingers… Will they have enough left for the perfect present? Wells’ adorable story is also a fun and lively introduction to early math.
Sheryll is the proud mom to 3 boys (1, 5, and 12-years-old) and wife to her better half. She is the founder and CEO of TigerKubz and is on a mission to empower parents with tools to easily engage their little learners. When Sheryll is not thinking of creative ways to make learning experiences of everyday life, changing diapers, or chasing after her kids, you may find her in the kitchen trying out new recipes, attempting to fish on a nice day, or jamming out to Disney singalongs with Alexa.