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Money Smart Week, 2013

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During the week of April 21-28, the Money Smart Week’s mission is to promote personal financial literacy by partnering with community groups, financial institutions, government agencies, educational organizations and other financial experts to help consumers learn to better manage their personal finances. Bravo to the American Library Association for partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to bring this  valuable life skill to the forefront.  Libraries are a perfect place of consumers to access materials to become better informed about their finance management .

To better foster our children’s emerging money management skills, a list of some of the many up to date and useful  books relating to teen/children’s  economic literacy are as follows. America…your challenge is understand your money;  treat it well and it will treat you even better…to paraphrase Susie Orman.

 msamrtaboutmoney]101 ways to be smart about money by Rebecca Vickers

Offers 101 facts and tips that will help readers save and spend wisely and also includes information about credit.

All about money: the history , culture and meaning of modern finance by Rae Simons

Budgeting smarts: how to set goals, save money, spend wisely and more

by savingbasicsSandra Donovan

This book explores budgeting from all angles. You’ll discover how to make your own budget, how to evaluate your financial goals and priorities to make sure you have money for the things you really care about, and much more.

moneysenseConsumer Sense By Andrew Einspruch

Gives tips on how to be a smart consumer, including how to assess needs and wants, what to know about consumer rights and responsibilities, how to handle peer pressure and how to get the most out of your money.

Cost of living by Helen Thompsoncostofliving

An introduction to cost of living that provides information and answers related questions, covering costs associated with eating, wearing clothes, having fun, and other aspects of life; inflation; the consumer price index; and more.

dollars and senseDollars and Sense: developing good money habits by John Burstein

Helps children develop smart money skills, explaining the importance of saving, offering tips for earning money, and describing how to set up an effective budget.

Economies around the world by Gail Fayeconomiesaroundworld

Explores how money flows in an economy, what a free-market economy is, and which countries have a command economy.

how debt and defaultHow debt and default affect you by Philip Wolny

This informed and easy-to-follow volume defines and describes debt and default and how they affect the average person and his or her family. Causes and effects of different kinds of debt are explored, as well as the consequences, such as bankruptcy. Other topics that are discussed include the U.S. national debt debate, paying off interest, the debt ceiling, government shutdowns, and the European debt crisis. The economic crises confronting U.S. states and cities are also examined, along with the effects on emergency and essential services and education. Students learn about the emotional and physical tolls debt and bankruptcy can take on families. Readers also investigate ways to attack the symptoms of debt, reset priorities, learn about financial planning, and help to positively influence their family and community’s futures.

Managing Money by Linda Crotta Brennanhowmoney

Introduces money management, including how to create a budget and the importance of spending, saving, and donating; features a glossary; and lists resources to explore the subject further.

The money system by Andrew Einsprmoneytroughtradeuch

Gives an explanation of the economy and the financial system, including imports and exports, financial markets, investment funds, and banks.

Planning for education by James Fischerplanning for colelge

Focuses on the need to start early planning and savings in order to have enough money for college.

secret life of moneyThe secret life of money: a kid’s guide to cash by Kira Vermond

If discussing money is a difficult task for adults, it’s doubly so where kids are involved. Not only is the subject loaded with cryptic jargon (mortgages? Bull markets? Huh?), but it often fails to click with how a kid sees his or her world. Many preteens and young teens do not yet have a job, and even if they do, their responsibilities with their earnings are miles away from grown-up money issues. In other words, not only is money a little overwhelming and mysterious, it’s also seen as something they can’t do anything about.
The Secret Life of Money is written to address this last point in particular. It’s central message is that money affects us deeply and that even kids can have an effect on it, too. This book uses odd anecdotes, engaging comics, and a wealth of surprising everyday connections to help young readers see and understand cash from an entirely different angle. From the history of different currencies to why we buy what we buy, from how charities and credit cards work to saving and investing, and a whole lot more, readers will gain not only an appreciation for the myriad ways that money changes, influences, and (even) betters their lives, they will arrive to an understanding of the control they have over it.
Top 10 tips for developing money management skillsmoneybasics
by Larry Gerber
Readers are encouraged to think about money as a tool—like a Swiss Army knife that can be used for many different tasks, to create things we want in our lives. Money is like a tool, in more ways than one. It is an all-purpose survival kit, because life gets tough without it. If we handle money carelessly, it can do serious damage. And just like any tool, sometimes it works great, sometimes it doesn’t. The ten tips found in this book are ideas shared by many people, from billionaires to working-class moms, dads, and kids. Readers will learn about spending, saving, investing, setting financial goals, budgeting, borrowing, and seeking financial advice. Some tips involve doing specific things: writing, adding, and subtracting. Others suggest ways of thinking about money and what we do with it. This volume is intended to help readers get the most out of this tool we call money, whether dealing with a lot of it, or just a little. Readers are encouraged to think further with 10 Great Questions to Ask an Economics/Finance teacher and Myths & Facts.
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Author: spotwin

While I am a librarian , I am a reading cheerleader. The purpose of this library blog is to better promote reading and information literacy to community. I love books, reading to my son,properly placed apostrophes,canoeing, locating the nearest Starbucks, cheering the Montreal Canadians, and Cherry Garcia ice cream.

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