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economics_bailey_world-moneyBailey, Gerry and Law, Felicia  World Money
Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Norwood

Bailey, Gerry and Law, Felicia  Your Money
Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Norwood

Whitehead, William  Family Money
Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Norwood

Whitehead, William, Law, Felicia, and Bailey, Gerry  Country Money
Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Norwood

Illustrated by Mark Beech. How Money Works series. These volumes make a good base for financial literacy, covering personal finances and moving to ever-widening economic systems. Small, easily digested blocks of text and numerous silly cartoons dot each page. More than an assembly of facts, the series also espouses fair trade options, charitable contributions, conflict resolution, and more. Thoughtful discussion questions are included. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Money; Finance, Personal

economics_furgang_everything-moneyFurgang, Kathy  Everything Money: A Wealth of Facts, Photos, and Fun!
Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     National Geographic

With Fred Hiebert. Brimming with information and packed with photos, this almanac-style book provides many facts about money. From the processes of earning, saving, raising, and spending money to paper-money origami and money scams, this book covers it all. Sidebars by archaeologist Hiebert discuss currency uncovered by archaeological digs and what it could say about a culture. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Money

jenkins_lemonade in winterJenkins, Emily  Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money
Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Random/Schwartz & Wade

Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. In this engaging story and math lesson, two siblings try to capture the summer magic of a lemonade stand on a frigid, snowy day. Pauline and John-John search for quarters, shop for groceries, and entice customers. Karas’s pencil-and-ink drawings reflect the feeling and color of winter; the brightness of the limeade and lemonade contrast with the otherwise muted surroundings.
Subjects: Picture Books; Moneymaking projects; Seasons—Winter; Family—Siblings; Mathematics—Addition; Government, Economics, and Education; Money

economics_kallen_great-recessionKallen, Stuart A.  The Great Recession
Middle school, high school     96 pp.     ReferencePoint

Understanding World History series. From the housing bubble of the early 2000s to the mortgage and banking crisis to the ensuing Occupy movement protests, this detailed discussion examines complicated economic and political issues that contributed to the recent global recession. Sidebars and captioned photos support and help break up the dense text (which would have benefited from a glossary). Reading list, timeline, websites. Ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Money

economics_schwartz_bank-wiselySchwartz, Heather E.  Bank Wisely
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Amicus High Interest

Schwartz, Heather E.  Earn Wisely
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Amicus High Interest

Schwartz, Heather E.  Save Wisely
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Amicus High Interest

Schwartz, Heather E.  Spend Wisely
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Amicus High Interest

Money Smarts series. The four titles in this series aimed at building financial literacy are written in clear, simple, direct prose. Readers are encouraged to work hard for their own money, avoid impulse purchases, keep money in the bank where it can earn interest, and save for the future. The posed photos contribute little, but the overall layout is accessible. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Finance, Personal; Money

From the October 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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