A Bike Like Sergio’s
by Maribeth Boelts
illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
Candlewick Press, 2016
Reading Level: 3.1; Interest Level: K-3
Economic Concepts/Social Studies SOL
: Money, Wants, Decision-Making, Ethics
When Ruben, who longs to have a bike like his friend Sergio’s that his family cannot afford, finds money in a grocery store, he has to make a tough decision about what to do with it.

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Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly
illustrated by Laura Freeman
Harper Collins, 2018
Virginia author!  Interest Level: 2-5
Economic Concepts/Social Studies SOL: Investing in human capital; Decision-Making; Opportunity Cost
Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA’s African American women mathematicians to America’s space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them despite their groundbreaking successes.

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Miss Fox’s Class Earns a Field Trip

by Eileen Spinelli
illustrated by Anne Kennedy
Albert Whitman & Company, 2010
Reading Level: 3.0; Interest Level: K-3
Economic Concepts/Social Studies SOL: Spending, Saving, Budgeting, Jobs, Choices,
Decision-Making, Math
Miss Fox’s class wants to go to Roller Coaster Planet–but they have to earn their way to the park. When their fund-raising attempts go awry, the class discovers their earnings are going down, not up!

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