books to teach kids about money

30 Books to Teach Kids About Money From a Teacher

Books are the perfect learning tool to teach children the management and value of money. Learning good money management can start very early.  Teaching kids at a very young age about money can build a strong foundation for the rest of their lives.  

As a former teacher and a Financial Coach, this is one thing I am sure of.

I remember a story my Mama likes to tell about me.  When I was about ten, my step sister was up from South Carolina and we were heading someplace for a vacation. 

Dad gave us each two $10 bills to spend.  Months later, I decided I wanted to purchase this great new Barbie.  When my mom asked how I was going to pay for it, I wen tip to my closet where I had hidden $15 out of the $20 from vacation – in my BOOT. 

Also, my step sister had spent all her money in the first 43 seconds of receiving it. Good story, right?

Many find it hard to talk to other adults about money.  We were all brought up with different ideas on how money exists (or should exist) in our lives and these children’s books about money will allow you to start early educating them on the importance of personal finance.

As a book lover, Financial Coach, former teacher, and Assistant Director  (for over ten years) of a Preschool, I have a few good books to teach kids about money.

Finance Books for Kids Ages 3-8

Bunny Money (Max and Ruby) 

A cute story about Max and Ruby wanting to buy their Grandma a birthday gift.  Perfect for an introduction to math and a great start to your collection of money books for kids.

The Go-Around Dollar

A story of the travels of the dollar.  From how its made o the way that its been spent. This is a neat aspect of money from a different angle and would be a nice choice when buying children’s books about money.


Ella Earns Her Own Money

 When Ella decides she wants to earn her own money to buy a new soccer ball, she tries a number of jobs in her neighborhood.  A great way for kids to open up to the possibilities of working for what they want.

Follow the Money!

Go along with George the quarter to see what its like to be a coin.  Follow along as he encounters some great adventures.


Money Madness

A beginner’s guide to economics. Not only will kids be able to understand the value of money but also its true purpose.


Lily Learns about Wants and Needs

Teaching children the difference between wants and needs as Lily decides on all the things she wants and discovered what her needs really are.


Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday

Alexander discovers money management after his grandparents give him a dollar.

Let’s Meet Ms. Money: One Step Towards Financial Literacy

Two cousins meet Ms. Money in school and learn what money looks like, how to count it, how and why we use it, and how we earn it.

Gabriel Gets a Great Deal

Gabriel learns a lesson on budgeting when his mom gives him $30 for new shoes.  He wants something really fast so he finds himself looking in shoe stores, online, and discount stores for the best deal.

My Rows and Piles of Coins

Come along on an adventure of a young boy to save enough money for a new bike to help his mom.  Learn how Saruni earns the money for that bike.  Determination and generosity are at the heart of this great story out of Tanzania.

Curious George Saves His Pennies

When George finally saves enough money for that pretty red train at the toy store, he loses his piggy bank on the way to the store.  Follow the adventures of George as he finds his money and buys his train. If you are looking for money books for kids, consider Curious George.  Everyone loves that cute little monkey.

The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Money

Read along as Brother and Sister decide to earn their own money.  Mama and Papa think its time for the cubs to learn about finances and encourage them to start a business, Read along as they decide on the perfect business – from a lemonade stand to a pet-walking service.

The Berenstain Bears’ Dollars and Sense

Papa thinks it’s time to teach Brother and Sister how to budget their money.  Read about the challenges that Brother and Sister find as they discover money management.


Savia and Spendio and the Piggy Banks

The story of a spender and saver brother and sister team.  What happens when you spend all your money and have to build up that piggy bank all over again.

Saving like a Sloth: Sunny learns how to save, donate, & spend like a Sloth

Let Sunny the Sloth teach your child how to save, donate, & spend in an outdoorsy way. These are three really easy personal finance steps that any parent can implement into their child’s daily routine.

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

The cat in the hat explores the concepts of money, its history,  and bartering.  From how people use currency in different cultures to banks and how to mint a coin.  A lot of education fills this book.

Junior’s Adventures: Storytime Book Set: Teaching Kids How to Win with Money!

In the six book collection, children learn how to manage money. Money lessons include working, saving, debt, giving, spending, and integrity.  Junior’s Aventures collection of stories are great money books for kids.

Money Ninja: A Children’s Book About Saving, Investing, and Donating

Money Ninja takes children on a journey of saving, investing, and donating teaching skills of delayed gratification and money savvy habits. One of the great books about saving money for kids.

Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money

Follow along as two children decide to open a lemonade stand in the middle of winter.  Learn some personal finance skills for children and what it takes to start a business. Another one of the great books about saving money for kids.

Children’s Books About Money Age 6-8

Lemonade for Sale 

Four children run a lemonade sale and create a bar graph to track their earnings.  One of the great books about saving money for kids, learning about earning money, and tracking their income.

The Penny Pot: Counting Coins 

When Jessie wants her face painted and doesn’t have enough money, she relies on the other children’s extra pennies from the penny pot.  learn to count money as you wait to see if Jessie can get her face painted.

Once Upon a Dime: A Math Adventure

For organic farmer Truman Worth, money does grow on trees. Readers get to help him calculate the changing value of his crop. A great addition to any library of children’s books bout money.

Johnny’s Big Idea

Before Johnny can go to the movies, he needs to help his mom with some chores.  Follow along as he comes up with an idea to help his mom and learns a few lessons on teamwork, reward, counting money, and saving.

Books About Saving Money for Kids Age 8-12

The Kids’ Money Book: Earning, Saving, Spending, Investing, Donating


The Kids’ Money Book explains how to create a budget, make big bucks, invest your earnings, and donate to charity. With advice on understanding the difference between needs and wants, getting the most from an allowance, becoming an entrepreneur, and sharing the wealth. 

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

A look inside everything about money.  From how its made to investing.  Taking the next step after you have grown out of the piggy bank.  One of the best books about saving money for kids.

Finance 101 for Kids: Money Lessons Children Cannot Afford to Miss

A detailed book about everything money.  From saving, investing, earning, and giving. From there, its an exploration of credit and economics.  This might be the best investment you can make to walk kids through personal finance.

Money Books For Kids Age 13+

Wisdom from Rich Dad, Poor Dad for Teens: The Secrets about Money–That You Don’t Learn in School!

Robert T. Kiyosaki’s inspiring personal story and lessons on how to speak the language of money; ways to make money work for you; tips for success; and why games can help you understand money, investing, and ways to choose your path to financial freedom”.

All About Money – Economics – Business – Ages 10+: The Thinking Tree 

An introduction to business and education of money for teenagers.  Learn about money, business, economics, government, and more.

The Money Club: A Teenage Guide to Financial Literacy 

A true story that was written by a teacher to educate young adults on the management of money.  Not only does this book explain the origins of money, but it also opens up a conversation about debt – student loan debt and credit card debt.  The author also explains budgets, mindset, and impulse spending.


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

The basics of watching your money grow.  Making it, saving it, and earning it are three of the lessons taught in this book.  A great introduction to finance and a nice addition when looking for children’s books about money.