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Best Finance Books for All Ages


The kids may be back in school, but Mom and Dad are still worried about their future. While the school teachers help them prepare for earning money in the future, who is helping them learn how to save and spend it?

Unfortunately, for the overwhelming majority of school children in this country, a course on how to actually benefit from their careers is not in their curriculum. Except for a handful of states (probably less than 5), it is not a requirement, and for an additional 10, there are “standards” the students are to reach, but without an actual course on the subject.

Ultimately, the task falls on the parents and the student. While there may not be much support in many schools, learning to manage money is still a priority that parents want to set for their children.

But it’s not just our children who could use some guidance and motivation when it comes to building our savings, controlling our spending, increasing our income, and building our credit. Consequently, we present our 2016-2017 reading list for personal finance:

Elementary School

  • Berenstain Bears Trouble with Money, by Jan and Stan Berenstain
  • It’s a Habit, Sammy Rabbit, by Sam X. Renick
  • Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday, by Judith Viorst
  • Kidpreneur, by Dallas Crilley

Middle & High School

  • I Want More Pizza: Real World Money Skills for High School, College, and Beyond, by Steve Burkholder
  • The Way to Wealth, by Benjamin Franklin
  • Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School? by Cary Siegel


  • The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily below Their Means, by Jeff Yeager
  • The Difference, by Jean Chatzky
  • The Missing Semester: Your Financial Choices Have Consequences, by Matt Kabal and Gene Natali Jr.


  • Everyday Money for Everyday People, by Todd Christensen (yes, a shameless plug)
  • Rescue Your Money, by Ric Edelman
  • Stop Acting Rich, and Start Living like a Real Millionaire, by Thomas J. Stanley, PhD

Yes, there will certainly be many deserving books (new and old) left off this list. What’s more important than getting the perfect book list is reading and discussing the topic of money management with others. Please feel free to submit a suggestion below.

All the best,
Todd Christensen
Everyday Money for Everyday People

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