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Show Me the Money: Capitalist Kids
A lot has been said about money: money is the root of all evil; a penny saved is a penny earned; when money speaks, the truth keeps silent. This collection of fiction, nonfiction, and picture books looks at the intersection of cold hard cash and kids, a sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes funny combination.
Clements, Andrew. Lunch Money; illus. by Brian Selznick. Simon, 2005. Gr. 4-8
Greg has always had a talent for making money, and his newest idea, creating and selling miniature comic books, is a surefire hit. Now if only he can keep everyone from ruining his big plans, he is sure to strike it rich this time. (BCCB 11/05)
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money. Lamb, 2005. Gr. 4-7
Despite the doubts of the adults, Steven is certain that the quadrillion dollar bill (featuring a picture of James Brown) he's been given is real. Turns out that he's right, and he now finds himself deep in a mystery involving inept feds, a canine sidekick, and a fantastic spying machine. (BCCB 12/05)
Flake, Sharon. Money Hungry. Jump at the Sun/Hyperon, 2001. Gr. 6-8
Thirteen-year-old Raspberry Hill, obsessed with accruing money in order to keep her family from homelessness, hoards away every penny, but her focus on cash is obstructing her life. There is also a sequel, Begging for Change .
Greene, Stephanie. Owen Foote, Money Man. illus. by Martha Weston. Clarion, 2000. Gr. 2-4
Owen used to want to be a paleontologist, but now that he is in the third grade, all he wants to be is rich. (BCCB 10/00)
Gutman, Dan. . The Get Rich Quick Club. HarperCollins, 2004. Gr. 4-6
Eleven-year-old Gina, the mastermind of the titular club, has a clear goal: “Other kids want to be in the Olympics, or they want to become rock stars or presidents. Good for them, I want to be a millionaire.”
. Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for Kids. Price Stern Sloan, 2000. Gr. 4-6
Karlitz has put together a helpful first look at investing for young entrepreneurs that combines charts, investing terms, and kid-friendly language into an effective and uncondescending guide.
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