Summer Reading to Promote Financial Literacy

Summer is finally here and so are summer reading lists! Summer reading assignments play an important role in a student’s career, especially when the end of the school year was so unconventional. By ensuring your student reads consistently during the summer, you prevent summer learning loss. This is also a wonderful opportunity to empower your student for life long financial success.

Admittedly, the idea of reading about budgets or the economy seems less exciting than other literature available during the summer. But Financial Literacy is something that is ingrained in every aspect of life and in many books across multiple genres. Books with messages about innovation, entrepreneurship, planning, responsibility, or delayed gratification are all relevant to Financial Literacy. For example, A Chair for Mother by Vera B Williams is a beautiful, award-winning picture book about a family that also demonstrates the importance of saving. Also, you may be surprised how books about entrepreneurship can inspire and excite your student. For example, Girls Who Run the World by Diana Kapp celebrates 31 female entrepreneurs whose businesses impact the world today. Even adults can be surprised to find financial literacy messages in books written for them. For example, alongside the thrilling dinosaurs, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton pertains to corporate responsibility, marketing, and innovation.

As you purchase or check out books for your student this summer, consider what they can learn from that selection and how you are preparing them for the future. Consider mixing in some literature that will prepare them for financial success. To help you in your search for Financial Literacy books for your child, see the list below:



1.) What Does It Mean to be an Entrepreneur? by Rana DiOrio

2.) Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money by Emily Jenkins

3.) A Chair for My Mother by Vera B Williams

4.) The Go-Around Dollar by Barbara Johnston Adams

5.) Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst


3rd -5th BOOKS

1.) The Tuttle Twins series by Connor Boyack

2.) Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen

3.) Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur series by Luke Sharpe

4.) Better than a Lemonade Stand by Daryl Bernstein

5.) Madame C.J. Walker Builds a Business by Salini Perera



1.) Seventeen Against the Dealer by Cynthia Voigst

2.) Coco Chanel: Pearls, Perfumes, and the Little Black Dress by Susan Goldman Rubin

3.) The Richest Kids in America: How They Earn It, How They Spend It, How You Can Too by Mark Victor Hansen

4.) Girls Who Run the World: 31 CEOs Who Mean Business by Diana Kapp

5.) The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens: 8 Steps to Having More Money Than Your Parents Dreamed Of by David Gardner and Tom Gardner



1.) Steve Jobs: Thinking Differently by Patricia Lakin

2.) The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business by Eric Riles

3.) Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa’s Future by George B.N. Ayittey

4.) Real Heroes by Lawrence W Reed

5.) Mass Flourishing by Edmund S Phelps

2020-06-10T15:53:45-05:00June 10th, 2020|

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