Hooked on Books – Raise Savvy Kids with the Help of Book

Did you know that November is both Financial Literacy Month and home to Take Our Kids to Work Day? For these reasons, this column is dedicated to books that encourage financial literacy and career exploration. 

While it’s generally agreed that these are important topics to expose to students, many adults feel lost about the best way to start. I am a huge believer in opening the conversation with children from a young age. There are many books written for youth to guide the process! They help encourage curiosity and asking questions about work and money.

Getting kids to begin thinking about their futures and roles in the economy can help them make informed choices and good financial decisions as they approach adulthood.

Here are 3 recommendations for families to explore together this month:

Earn It!
Written and Illustrated by Cinders McLeod
Ages: 3 – 7

The bunny from Bunnyland, Bun, has stars in her eyes!

 

This charming picture book is a great way to introduce children to the concepts of money and allowance.

This story takes place in Bunnyland where the currency is in carrots.


The main character, Bun, loves to sing and dance and wants to become famous


Lucky for her, Bun’s mom has a plan to teach her about earning and saving to reach her goals. It’s a great resource for young readers with simple language and fun illustrations. 

 

 

 

 

Who Do I Want to Become?
Written by Rumeet Billan, Ilustrated by Michelle Clement
Ages: 5 – 8

 

Dylan discovers by seeking advice and asking questions

 

 

This new picture book from Dr. Rumeet Billan provides an intro to character education, and is written for children who are contemplating what they want to be when they grow up.

The protagonist, a student named Dylan, is asked this very question for a class assignment.


He consults many of his friends and family to get ideas and inspiration


While at first he does not have an answer for his project, he ultimately discovers something important about himself to present to his class. A unique message for young children on identifying the kind of person they want to become.

 

 

 

100 Things to be When you Grow Up
Written by Lisa M. Gerry
Ages: 8 – 12

 

This resource is meant to provide inspiration to adolescents on different kinds of careers.

With over 100 interesting jobs highlighted including ice-cream flavour developer, sign language interpreter, and brain surgeon – just to name a few options.


Part of the “100 Things” series by National Geographic Kids, it will encourage out-of-the-box thinking for adolescents


This book is not about having all of the answers, but more about discovering new paths and
dreaming about the different possibilities.

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