Worth your salt – Children’s Books about Money & Finance

Worth your salt - Children's Books about Money & Finance

Hit the jackpot by wrapping money lessons into stories

Financial literacy is as important for children as it is for adults. Children who are taught to manage their finances from an early life have better chances at a financially secure future. Teaching your kids to be financially literate helps them understand how to manage money as they grow. Wise spending becomes a habit, and this is very important.

Many children know a few basic things about money – like counting it, going to the bank to get money, and using it to get or buy things. But there are concepts like saving, investing, budgeting and earning money that is complex, but they need to be taught too. These lessons can be taught by rolling them into fun tasks, games, and activities that you do on a daily basis. Or you use one of these multitudes of apps that teach about money. One other way is to read books on the topic that talk about the importance of saving, earning, and making smart choices about money.

Children’s Books about money are a dime a dozen.  They are available for different age groups in various forms from stories to comics to knowledge. Here is a list of some great books (both nonfiction and fiction) that explain the basics of finance that can help to start children on a path of successful money management as they grow. And the best part? They don’t cost an arm and a leg!

Guide to the best books about money and money management for children

For Ages: 4+

Books About Money - One Cent Two Cent Books About Money - Once upon a Dime Books About Money - A Chair for my mother

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

Once Upon a Dime: A Math Adventure (Charlesbridge Math Adventures)

A Chair for my mother by Vera B Williams

For Ages 6+

Books About Money - Alexander who used to be rich Books About Money - MInis MOney Books About Money - Everything money

Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst 

Mini’s Money by Nandini Nayar

Everything Money: A wealth of facts, photos, and fun! (Everything) (National Geographic Kids Everything) 

Books About Money - Everything Kids Money Book Books About Money - What money looks like Books About Money - Bill and Pennys Money adventure

The Everything Kids’ Money Book: Earn it, save it, and watch it grow! by Brette Sember

What Does Money Look Like In Different Parts of the World? – Money Learning for Kids Children’s Growing Up & Facts of Life Books

Bill and Penny’s Money Adventures by Amar Pandit 

Books about Money - How I saved for my Dream vacation - Kids Talk Money Books About Money - If you made a million

How I saved for my dream vacation – Kids Talk Money by Ishaan Jain

If You Made a Million by David M Schwartz and Steven Kellog

For Ages 10+

Books About Money - My First Book of Money

Books About Money - History of Money Books About Money - Happionaries Money Game

My First Book of Money by Ravi Subramanian (Author), Shoma Narayanan (Author)

The History of Money: From Bartering to Banking by Martin Jenkins (Author), Satoshi Kitamura (Illustrator)

Happionaire’s Money Game by Yogesh Chabria

Books About Money - Be Money Aware

Books About Money - Heads up Money Books About Money - Neal Godfrey Ultimate Money
Let’s Learn about Money by BeMoneyAware Heads Up Money

Neale S. Godfrey’s Ultimate Kids’ Money Book by Neale S. Godfrey

Books About Money - Growing Money

Books About Money - DK Eyewitness Money Books About Money - How money works

Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for Kids by Gail Karlitz and Debbie Honig

DK Eyewitness Books: Money: Discover the Fascinating Story of Money from Silver Ingots to Smart Cards by Joe Cribb


How Money Works: The Facts Visually Explained

For Teens & Young Adults

 Books About Money - So you want to know about Economics Books About Money - More Money Pleae Books About Money - Rich Dad Poor Dad for Teens
So You Want to Know About Economics by Roopa Pai More Money, Please: The Financial Secrets You Never Learned in School by Scott Gamm Rich Dad Poor Dad For Teens by Robert T. Kiyosaki

For Parents

These books will equip parents to take a hands-on approach to make their children financially literate. You do not have to be a CFO or a savvy money manager. Even a quick read of the book will give parents ideas, concepts, and tools that can be used anytime.

Books About Money - Art and Science of teaching children about money Books About Money - Make your kid a money genius Books About Money - Smart Money Smart Kids
The Art and Science of Teaching Children about Money by Amar Pandit Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even If You’re Not): A Parents’ Guide for Kids 3 to 23 by Beth Kobliner Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze

Books on the house (FREE!!)

You don’t need to break the bank – here are some fabulous books that are worth their weight in gold! Go on and cash in on this collection.

Rupiah Paisa Series by Pratham Books on Storyweaver

Books About Money - Rupaiah Paisa Series Pratham books

The Rupiah Paisa series by Pratham Books can be read online on their StoryWeaver platform for free!

Books by the Reserve Bank of India – Finance Education Initiative

The Reserve Bank of India(RBI)’s project titled “Project Financial Literacy” aims to disseminate information regarding the central bank and general banking concepts to various target groups, including, school and college-going children, women, etc.  These books can be read online and also be downloaded in pdf format from the RBI website Financial Education and RBI.

Here is a summary of these books:

  • Raju introduces banking concepts: Raju and Money Tree,  Raju and Magical Goat, Raju and Sky Ladder
  • Money Kumar familiarises with the role and functions of the Reserve Bank of India: Money Kumar and Monetary Policy, Money Kumar and Caring for Currency,
  • Short story book  Old Man Monetary: Adventures for youngsters about the evolution of currency.
Books About Money - RBI - Raju and the Money Tree Books About Money - RBI - Raju and the Sky Ladder Books About Money - RBI - Raju and Magical GOat Books About Money - RBI - Raju and the Friendly ATM

Raju and the Money Tree

Raju and the Sky Ladder

Raju and the magical Goat

Raju and the Friendly ATM

Books About Money - RBI - Raju and the Debit Card Books About Money - RBI - Money Kumar and the monetary Policy Books About Money - RBI - Old Man Monetary Books About Money - RBI - MOney Kumar and Caring for your currency
Raju and the Debit Card Money Kumar and the Monetary Policy The Old Man Monetary – Adventure Stories for Youngsters

Money Kumar and Caring for your currency

TATA Mutual Fund – Investor Education Initiative

We all live in a world full of financial jargon and over time we even start using them without understanding their exact meaning. The Learning Series by Prof. Simply Simple™ initiative aims to simplify financial terminologies and concepts. In this series, Professor Simply Simple guides Suppandi through financial concepts. Using these two characters we have explained important financial concepts in comic book and animation styles. The comic books are available in different Indian languages and can be downloaded. The cream on the cake is that these lessons are available as videos featuring the favourite comic character, Suppandi! You can also watch the Suppandi Making Investing Simple – Video Series

Books About Money - Make Investing Simple with Suppandi

Making Investment Simple with Suppandi

The Bottom Line

It’s never too soon to start teaching children important life lessons about money, and a simple and fun way to start is with a good book. Go on and start now! It will be worth every penny!

How do you teach your children about money matters? Which is your favorite book? Is there a good book you know that we should include on this list? Let us know and we will add it to the list, in for a penny, in for a pound!

Check out these simple activities to teach kids about basic financial concepts like charity, investment, budgeting, saving money, etc.

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