April 21-28 is Money Smart Week. What began as a Chicago area event has now turned into a nation-wide program to help consumers manage their money better. At the Peterborough Town Library we are working to help our littlest patrons learn about money.
Books about money can be funny and instructive. Two favorites of ours are A Bargain for Frances and Bunny Money. Frances is an irrepressible badger who has all kinds of family adventures involving food, baby sisters, money-making ideas and friendship. Rosemary Wells is known for her animal characters. Ruby is the big sister rabbit, yet younger Max often gets the better end of situations due to his ‘zen-like’ persona.
Through a program with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau we are running a Do-It-Yourself Money as You Grow Book Club. The library will provide a copy of a picture book or early reader and a corresponding pamphlet to help the child’s caregiver explain the concepts from the book to the child in a simple way.
One of the books available will be Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall, with the pamphlet helping to explain concepts like earning, setting goals, making decisions and prioritizing. The pamphlet gives things for the caregivers to think about when reading the book by themselves and some tips for what to do with the child before you read the book. There are also activities that go along with each book and the concepts learned in the book.
Storytimes during the last week of the session (April 17th, 18th, and 20th) will have even more books dealing with some money topics – with a special event at Big Kid Storytime on the 20th!
An adult book in our collection offers guidelines on how to Make Your Kid a Money Genius (even if you’re not) by Beth Kobliner. Check it out to see how you can help your kid(s) be more ‘money-smart’!
For more information about Money Smart Week visit: moneysmartweek.org and check out the online games for older kids to learn about money here: moneysmartweek.org/kids!