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Best Kids’ Money Books

Last April, I put together a quick list of money books for kids to read for financial literacy month. Today, I’ve published a new version with a quick synopsis, money, lessons, appropriate ages, and a rating system.

I recommend kids read at least one money book every couple of months. Warren Buffett once said:

“Sometimes parents wait until their kids are in their teens before they start talking about managing money — when they could be starting when their kids are in preschool.”

As you’ll see, this list is far from complete. I still need to review a lot more of these books. I recommend starting with an age-appropriate book, then reading the quick synopsis to see if it sounds interesting. From there click the book title to read my review or the Amazon link to check out the reviews there. For the books that I haven’t read, the title takes you directly to Amazon.

Title/ReviewAgesStarsMoney SkillsSynopsisAmazonWords
M is for Money3-6⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Money WordsThis alphabet book introduces kids to money words. There are multiple money scenarios. Kids featured are from many nationalities.See at AmazonGeneral
If You Made a Million5-8⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Coins, Banking, Interest, Financial IndependenceThis books takes readers on a trip from the basics of coins, through how banks make money, to financial independence of living off of interestSee at AmazonGeneral
Grandpa's Fortune Fables7-13⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Comprehensive Variety of Money SkillsFourteen chapters cover a variety of financial topics such as saving, investing, taxes, debt, charity, and home ownership. The book has a code at the end of each chapter that can be used on the author’s website.See at AmazonGeneral
The Golden Quest8-12⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Smart Spending, Savings, Compount Interest, Philanthropy, Financial IndependenceThe Golden Quest is unique because it is a graphic novel. Kids will generally want to read it if you leave it lying around. Most kids can finish it in a couple of hours.See at AmazonGeneral
American Girl’s Guide to Money12-16⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐EntrepreneurismAmerican Girl’s Guide to Money is perfect for a teen girls who are interested in starting their own companies.See at AmazonGeneral
Rich Kids12-Adult⭐⭐⭐⭐Few Money Skills, Life SkillsRich Kids is not the typical book to teach kids about money. Instead it teaches other traits for success. It’s a great supplement book for when your kid has read too many money books. The target audience, whether it is for kids or adults is unclear.See at AmazonGeneral
Investing for Kids10-14⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐InvestingInvesting for Kids is a great book for tweens and teens looking to learning one thing: investing. It covers bank, stock, bond, and start-up investing well, but barely touches real estate investing.See at AmazonGeneral
A Boy, a Budget, and a DreamKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
A Chair for My MotherKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last SundayKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
Curious George Saves His PenniesKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
Give It! (A Moneybunny Book)KidsSee at AmazonGeneral
Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for KidsKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
Harmoney & the Empty Piggy Bank: A Book about Money, Budgeting, Entrepreneurship, and PersistenceKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
If Money Doesn't Grow on Trees, Where Does it Grow?KidsSee at AmazonGeneral
Make Your Own Money: How Kids Can Earn It, Save It, Spend It, and Dream Big, with Danny Dollar, the King of Cha-ChingKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
Malik's First Job: Financial Tips for Teens and Young Adults KidsSee at AmazonGeneral
Milton the Money Savvy Pup: Brings Home the BaconKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
Molly Earns Her PieKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
Money PlanKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
Moneytopia: Earning: Financial Literacy for ChildrenKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
No, No, Sonny, Save That Money! A Fun Rhyming Book about Money, Saving, & InvestingKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent: All About MoneyKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
Pennies for PiggyKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
Rock, Brock, and the Savings ShockKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with MoneyKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
The Four Money BearsKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
Three CupsKidsSee at AmazonGeneral
Ultimate Kids' Money BookKidsSee at AmazonGeneral

(Originally Published: Apr 4, 2022)

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