They don’t teach personal finance in an elementary classroom, so this one’s on you, Mom and Dad!

Here are 12 of our favorite books to help you raise money-savvy kids.

Prices start at just $0.01 (when you buy them used), or borrow them for free at your local library!


1. The Berenstain Bears’ Dollars and Sense

Author: Stan Berenstain

Ages: 3 to 7 years

Amazon rating: 4.5/5

Managing an allowance is one of the first ways kids learn to handle money, and the Berenstain Bear family is no different.

Brother and Sister know all the fun things money can buy, so it’s important that they start seeing the value of saving. This book comes with a fun usable checkbook for an extra money management lesson! Prices start at $0.06 (used).


2. One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent: All About Money

Author: Bonnie Worth

Ages: 4 to 8 years

Amazon rating: 4.5/5

The beloved character, Cat in the Hat, teaches kids the basic foundation of money. As he introduces readers to the idea of modern currency, he shakes it up by naming items used as money in the past like feathers, shells, and leather. Even parents can learn a thing or two! Prices start at $1.15 (used)


3. Little Critter: Just Saving My Money

Author: Mercer Mayer

Ages: 4 to 8 years

Amazon rating: 5/5

Use this book to teach young kids how to save up for something they want. When Little Critter asks for a new skateboard, his dad tells him that he’d better earn the money for one. Reading this together may even inspire a pop-up lemonade stand! Paperbacks start at $0.25 (used).



4. Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday

Author: Judith Viorst

Ages: 4 to 8 years

Amazon rating: 5/5

We can all relate to Alexander, right? Our favorite little boy is having another “No Good Very Bad Day” as he learns to manage his money. No matter how hard he tries to save up, Alexander’s money slowly disappears as he gives in to temptation time and time again. It sounds like Alexander could use a little couponing in his life! Paperbacks start at $1.05 (used).


5. Follow the Money

Author: Loreen Leedy

Ages: 4 to 8 years

Amazon rating: 5/5

Follow a quarter named George around as he’s traded, spent in a vending machine, lost, found, and even donated! Kids will love exploring all the ways money makes its way around the world. After you’re done reading it, try showing your kids a quarter, and talk about up all the adventures that quarter may have had before it landed in your pocket. Prices start at just $1.99 (used).


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6. Curious George Saves His Pennies

Author: H.A. Rey

Ages: 4 to 9 years

Amazon rating: 4.5/5

George has to save his pennies to buy the new red train he wants. After working hard to save what he needs, George loses his piggy bank! Kids will love this gentle introduction to saving and money management from their favorite monkey. Prices start at $0.01 (used).


7. You Can’t Buy a Dinosaur with A Dime

Author: Harriet Ziefert

Ages: 5 to 9 years

Amazon rating: 4.5/5

Pete is saving up his money to buy a dinosaur. He loves how money looks, smells, and feels — which is a fun way to introduce money to kids! The illustrations provide a nice backdrop for counting coins with your little ones. Prices start at $15.93.



8. Amelia Bedelia Means Business (Chapter Book)

Author: Herman Parish

Ages: 6 to 10 years

Amazon rating: 4.5/5

Who doesn’t love this clumsy little heroine — especially when she’s learning how to save money for her new pink bicycle?! This New York Times best seller begins with Amelia’s parents promising to split the cost of a new bike with Amelia if she can earn enough money for the other half. With plenty of silly situations to laugh through, your little reader will forget she’s learning a valuable lesson! Prices start at $0.01 (used).


9. The Everything Kids’ Money Book: Earn it, save it, and watch it grow!

Author: Brette McWhorter Sember

Ages: 7 to 12 years

Amazon rating: 4/5

If your kids enjoy soaking up everything they can on a new topic, this book was made for them. With large pictures, and loads of information squeezed on every page, this book covers everything from savings and stocks, to how credit cards work. It even dives into modern financial technology! Prices start at $1.24 (used).


10. Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for Kids

Authors: Gail Karlitz and Debbie Honig

Ages: 8 to 12 years

Amazon rating: 4.5/5

This material may be a little advanced, so introduce this book after you’ve covered the basics of dollars and cents. Even adults can learn a thing or two about savings accounts, bonds, stocks, and even mutual funds! Paperbacks start at $0.95 (used).



11. A Smart Girl’s Guide: Money (Revised): How to Make It, Save It, and Spend It

Author: Nancy Holyoke

Ages: 9 to 12 years

Amazon rating: 4.5/5

A personable read for older children, this book helps kids learn about their own spending habits through quizzes. She’ll not only get tips and advice from other girls on how to earn money, she’ll learn how to manage it as well! Prices start at $1.96 (used).


12. How to Turn $100 into $1,000,000: Earn! Save! Invest!

Authors: James McKenna, Jeannine Glista, Matt Fontaine

Ages: 10 to 14 years

Amazon rating: 4/5

Think of how different life could be if we’d all read this one as kids! Expand the mind of your 10-14 year old (and maybe even read it with them) by learning how money can grow from a little to a lot.

This one is also a nice tool for when your kids start babysitting or earning extra income mowing lawns. They may even start thinking about how to grow that cash for a college fund! Prices start at $4.22 (used).


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