It Began with Lemonade

It Began with Lemonade

By Gideon Sterer, Illustrated by Lian Cho – Penguin Random House/2021

One scorching hot summer day, a spunky young girl decides to sell lemonade . . . only to find there are too many other young entrepreneurs on her street with the same idea. So she sets off with her lemonade stand and ends up at the river’s edge, where she discovers a most unexpected, quirky, and very thirsty clientele.

Reading Level: 2.0
Interest level: P-2

Economic Concepts:
  • Consumer
  • Demand
  • Producer
  • Supply
  • Goods
  • Money
  • Services

I LOVE Strawberries

Author Shannon Anderson, Illustrator Jaclyn Sinquett – Finding Minds Press/2022

Through Jolie’s comical scrapbook-style journal entries, young readers will learn how she convinces the “old people” (aka her parents) to let her grow her own strawberries. Growing strawberries is a lot of work and responsibility, but Jolie is ready with the help of her faithful rabbit Munchy! Together they find out just how delicious, rewarding, and sometimes complicated it can be to grow your own food.

Interest level: 1-4

Economic Concepts
  • Consumer
  • Producer
  • Productive Resources
  • Goods
  • Services
  • Specialization
I LOVE Strawberries

Wants vs. Needs vs. Robots

Wants vs Needs vs Robots

Author/Illustrator Michael RexPenguin Random House/2023

Do you know the difference between a want and a need? It can be a hard thing to understand, especially when you want something so much that you feel like you have to have it. But some things aren’t essential—like jellybean tacos and groovy boots. Other things are essential—like fuel and feet to put the boots on. The robots in this book are here to show you the difference as they make trades to get some things they really want (hooray!) but give away some things they need (oops!).

Reading level: 1.0
Interest level: K-3

Economic Concepts
  • Need
  • Wants
  • Scarcity

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