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Economics and money

econ_adler_pricesAdler, David A. Prices! Prices! Prices!: Why They Go Up and Down
Gr. K–3
, 4–6     32 pp. Holiday     2015

A boy (and his dog) sets up a lemonade stand, selling his product over several days. The laws of supply and demand play out in solid, specific ways, and concepts of fixed and variable costs and variable profit are introduced. Additional sales examples (art, bathing suits, watermelon, gasoline) reinforce the economic concepts. Miller’s colorful digital illustrations add to the lively tone. Glos.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Moneymaking projects

econ_gordon_be_smart_about_money_money_management_and_budgeti-gordon_sherri_mabry-25041361-615946204-frntlGordon, Sherri Mabry Be Smart About Money: Money Management and Budgeting
Middle school, high school
     48 pp.   Enslow    2014

Graham, Amy Be Smart About Your Career: College, Income, and Careers
Middle school, high school
     48 pp.     Enslow     2014

Graham, Amy Be Smart About Your Future: Risk Management and Insurance
Middle school, high school
     48 pp.     Enslow     2014

Kowalski, Kathiann M. Be Smart About Credit: Credit and Debit Management
Middle school, high school
     48 pp.     Enslow    2014

Kowalski, Kathiann M. Be Smart About Investing: Planning, Saving, and the Stock Market
Middle school, high school
     48 pp.    Enslow    2014

Kowalski, Kathiann M. Be Smart About Shopping: The Critical Consumer and Civic Financial Responsibility
Middle school, high school
   48 pp.    Enslow     2014

Be Smart About Money and Financial Literacy series. These bland-looking volumes provide useful, practical advice about topics related to “financial literacy.” The direct-address texts (“Even though you work and make money, do you sometimes feel like you never have any cash?”) are accessible if a little dry. Sidebars provide “good sense” and “nonsense” tips; word problem “Do the Math” exercises allow readers to practice applying what they’ve learned. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Money; Finance, Personal; Occupations and careers; Colleges and universities; Savings and investment; Banks and banking; Stock exchange

econ_jenkins_historyofmoneyJenkins, Martin The History of Money: From Bartering to Banking
Gr. 4–6   53 pp.     Candlewick      2014

Illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura. Sixteen brief chapters present an overview of money—the whys and hows of its development, different items that have been employed as currency—from ancient times to today. Although the ideas are challenging, each follows naturally from the one before. Kitamura’s tidy watercolors (spot art and panel illustrations) add humor and help illustrate the concepts. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Money; History, World; Banks and banking

econ_kemper_budgetingKemper, Bitsy Budgeting, Spending, and Saving
Gr. 4–6
     40 pp.     Lerner     2015

Kemper, Bitsy Earning Income
Gr. 4–6
     40 pp.   Lerner    2015

Kemper, Bitsy Growing Your Money
Gr. 4–6
     40 pp.     Lerner     2015

Mooney, Carla Understanding Credit
Gr. 4–6
     40 pp.     Lerner     2015

Searchlight Books: How Do We Use Money? series. These books cover basic topics to help readers make wise personal financial choices. The informative texts emphasize economic ideas, including the relationship between wants and needs, and clarify differences between various financial tools, such as money market accounts and certificates of deposit. The accessible design employs photos, graphs, and other graphics, all of which aid in comprehension. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, Education; Money; Savings and investment; Banks and banking; Moneymaking projects; Work; Finance, personal

econ_reina_makemoneychoicesReina, Mary Make Money Choices
Gr. K–3
     24 pp.    Capstone    2015

Reina, Mary Save Money
Gr. K–3
   24 pp.   Capstone    2015

Pebble Books: Money and You series. Large print, simple texts, and chipper color photographs combine to make this series a sensible introduction to financial literacy. Defined terms and child-friendly examples (“Mike will have to save his money to buy the video game”) explain what money choices are and why saving money is a good idea. Common Core critical-thinking questions are appended. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, Education; Money; Finance, personal

From the September 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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