Talking to Little Kids about Money? Join Money As You Grow Book Club

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Money As You Grow book clubIf you have kids 4 and up, it’s time to start the money talk. The question is, what do you say? Kids books with money themes help, but how do you turn it into a real-world conversation? You join the Money As You Grow book club, a program of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). They not only recommend the books, but also provide you with helpful parent reading guides.

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The Books

The CFPB recommends:

  • A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban
  • A Chair for Mother by Verna Williams
  • Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst
  • The Berenstain Bears & Mama’s New Job by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Money by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Just Shopping With Mom by Mercer Mayer
  • Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
  • The Purse by Kathy Caple
  • Sheep in a Shop by Nancy Shaw

Look for these books at your local library, a great opportunity to get your kids a library card if they don’t already have one.

Parent Reading Guides

For each one of their recommended books, the CFPB has created a parent reading guide. In it, you’ll find suggestions for questions to ask your child as you read, as well as questions to ask afterwards.

Download the reading guides.

Discussion Groups

Check with your local library or school to see if anyone has started a Money As You Grow Book Club so you can facilitate group discussions and activities. If not, consider starting your own.

Other Book Recommendations

Once you’re exhausted the list above, three other kids books on money come to mind:

  • One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent by Dr. Seuss
  • Curious George Saves His Pennies by Margret & H.A. Rey
  • The Berenstain Bears’ Dollars and Sense by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Since these aren’t on the CFPB book club list, you won’t find parent reading guides for them there. But they’re still good reads that can stand on their own, especially in light of what you’ll already be learning through the parent reading guides you’ll already have under you belt.

“Sometimes it’s easier to be objective when you talk about characters in a book and their money decisions,” says the CFPB’s Laura Schlachtmeyer. “After you talk about what the characters could do, adopting some of the same financial concepts into your lives might get easier too.”

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