Celebrate Financial Literacy Month with your students by sharing some FUN picture books featuring young characters making choices about making money.

Each title includes a story synopsis, a YouTube link to a reading of the book, a list of featured economic concepts and lesson plans and activities based on Virginia’s Standards of Learning.

Dirt Cheap

by Mark Huffmann

Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.,2020


Synopsis: Birdie wants a very expensive soccer ball but has no money, so she starts selling dirt and learns some important lessons along the way.

Econ/PF Concepts: Money, Entrepreneurship, Productive Resources, Earning, Profit. Producers, Consumers

Full lesson .PDF: YES Dirt Cheap Lesson

Ella Earns Her Own Money

by Lisa Bullard

Lerner Publications, 2014


Synopsis: When Ella decides that she wants to buy a new soccer ball, she comes up with several ideas for raising money to buy it.

Econ/PF Concepts: Earning, Saving, Budgeting, Spending, Sharing, Entrepreneurship

Full lesson .PDF: YES Ella Earns Her Own Money Lesson

Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money

by Emily Jenkins

Random House, 2012


Synopsis: Pauline and her brother set up a stand to sell lemonade, limeade, and lemon-limeade one wintry day, then try to attract customers as Pauline adds up their earnings

Econ/PF Concepts: Profit, Loss, Startup Costs, Decision Making

Full lesson .PDF: YES Lemonade in Winter Lesson