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Children’s Books that Teach Money

1st & 2nd Grade Math Skills, Math, Money & Time, Read Alouds

Written by: Angie Olson

Teaching students about money can be a challenging and multi-faceted endeavor.  But it doesn’t have to be!

Using books to help teach your students about money is a fun and engaging way to deepen their understanding of this critical life skill.  Financially focused books can help introduce, develop, and extend the crucial aspects of your math money lessons.

Building vocabulary, heightening student interest, and showcasing real-world connections are just a few of the ways that the following books will add enrichment and excitement to your lessons about money!  This list includes a combination of books that offer concrete counting and computational skills as well as interesting stories about money.  While there are certainly many other great books out there that may not be on this list, hopefully these will help you get started with adding some literature to your lessons on money!

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1. Follow the Money!

By Loreen Leedy

Throughout his day, George the quarter visits the Federal Reserve, a local bank, a grocery store, and a child’s piggy bank, among a few other places.  This book includes various money-related math challenges that the quarter faces, as well as a section on different types of US money and money vocabulary.

Ages: K-3

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2-The Go-Around Dollar

Written by Barbara Adams, Illustrated by Joyce Zairns


Explore the journey of a dollar bill as it changes hands, discovering how money works and fun facts about currency, with colorful pictures and simple explanations, making it perfect for learning about money.

Ages: PreK-3

Book Activity

Talk about what happens when you get more than a dollar by playing “Dollar Bills & Beyond”, a math partner game that has students practice drawing and writing money amounts beyond $1.00.

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3-A Chair for My Mother

Written & Illustrated by Vera Williams


Join Rosa, her mother, and grandmother as they save coins to buy a comfortable chair after their home is destroyed, learning valuable lessons about saving money and the importance of family.

Ages:  K-2

Book Activity

Created as a Math intervention activity, “Piggy Bank Spin” can also be used as a review game. Students will love playing against a partner, trying to be the first to “break the bank”.

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4-The Penny Pot

Written by Stuart Murphy, Illustrated by Lynne Cravath


At the school fair, Jessie faces a dilemma when she wants her face painted but doesn’t have enough money after buying ice cream. However, with the help of a penny pot and patience, she learns valuable lessons about counting money.

Ages: Grades 1-3

Book Activity

Lead your students through a math lesson on the topic of spending vs. saving. This lesson includes teaching slides, a partner game, independent work, a check for understanding and even differentiated options.

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5-Rock, Brock, and the Savings Shock

Written by Sheila Blair, Illustrated. by Barry Gott

Rock and Brock learn the importance of saving money when their grandfather offers to match their savings after they do chores for him, showcasing their contrasting spending and saving habits in a humorous tale that encourages readers to think about their own financial choices.

Ages: Grades 3-5

Book Activity

Follow up this read aloud with a collaborative math game from our Lucky to Learn Math curriculum. Play the Spend or Save board game, and practice spending vs. savings just like the characters in the book! You can download the board game here.

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6-The Coin Counting Book


This book is all about counting coins, with rhyming text, clear coin images, and a question-answer format that makes it easy to incorporate into math lessons, making it an essential addition to any curriculum for learning about money.

Ages: Grades 1-3

Book Activity

Students can practice their coin counting skills with this math center.

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7-Once Upon A Dime: A Math Adventure


Children will delight in the imaginative tale of a farmer who finds a tree on his land that grows various types of money depending on the animal fertilizer used, offering a unique way to learn about the value of different currencies through a charming premise.

Ages: Grades PreK-2

Book Activity

Take students out for breakfast at “Dime Diner”! Students will love putting together orders and adding up the guest check orders!

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8-Bunny Money

Written & Illustrated by Rosemary Wells


Join Max and Ruby in their quest to buy their grandmother a birthday gift, facing comical challenges and mishaps along the way, before finally finding the perfect presents, with bonus ‘bunny money’ pages for interactive learning.

Age: Grades PreK-2

Book Activity

Students become grocers with this life like grocery store math activity.

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9-The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble With Money

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In this story, Brother and Sister Bear learn about the importance of being responsible with money as their parents encourage them to earn their own, providing a fun way for kids to grasp the value of a dollar.

Age: PreK-2

Book Activity

With this writing prompt, students will puzzle over what they could responsibly save up for.

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10-Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money

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Follow siblings Pauline and John-John as they learn to count money by running a lemonade stand in winter, adding interactive math activities for a fun way to learn.

Age: PreK-2

Book Activity

Students will love planning their own lemonade stands with the math activity (which is part of a daily Lucky to Learn Math lesson!)

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11-A Dollar, A Penny, How Much, and How Many?

Written by Brian P. Cleary, Illustrated by Brian Gable


This engaging read uses funny rhymes and silly illustrations to help kids learn about bills and coins, like when buying pizza or pogo-sticks, making it fun to count and combine different types of money.

Ages: K-3

Book Activity

Who doesn’t love a fun game of Bingo?! Take coin counting skills to the next level with “Coin Bonanza Bingo”.

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13-Lots and Lots of Coins

Written by Margarette S. Reid, Illustrated by True Kelley


Explore coin history with a boy and his dad, learning about different coins, how they’re made, and the stories behind American money.

Ages: Grades 1-3

Book Activity

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14-Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday

Written by Judith Viorst, Illustrated by Ray Cruz

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Follow Alexander as he learns the importance of saving money, experiencing the thrill of getting a dollar only to see it vanish quickly, teaching readers about saving and practicing subtraction skills along the way.

Ages: K–4

Book Activity

Alexander learns the hard way that money quickly subtracts! Your students can practice subtracting money with the Money Regrouping activity, perfect for small groups! (This activity is part of our Math Intervention Kit.)

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15-Pigs Will Be Pigs (Fun with Math and Money)

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This fun story turns financial lessons into fun as a pig family hunts for money to eat out after raiding their groceries, engaging readers in counting money and planning meals at the restaurant, perfect for learning about money in an entertaining way.

Ages: K–3

Book Activity

Engage your students with this restaurant themed money counting center, which is part of our Restaurant Classroom Transformation.

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Other Instructional Money Resources

While adding storybooks to your lessons about money is a great way to excite and engage students, there are many other wonderful resources out there!  Below I have included links to some excellent products that can truly enrich your lessons on money.

Lucky to Learn Math Unit 4: Money and Personal Finance

First Grade Math Money Notebook

Second Grade Math Money Notebook

Second & Third Grade Math Money QR Task Codes

First, Second, Third Grade Valentine Money Messages

First, Second, Third Christmas Money Messages

First & Second Grade Money Task Cards

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1 Comment

  1. Rupok

    You mentioned many books about money for children. I think your information is enough for a child to learn about money. If a kid leaned about money they will be able properly to use money. At present time cryptocurrency is important as well as money. So, I hope you will publish an informative article about it.
    Thanks for sharing the valuable article.

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