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Save It!
A Moneybunny Book
Written & Illustrated by Cinders McLeod
Albert Whitman & Company, 2006

An introduction to simple money concepts in which a little bunny learns about the power and satisfaction that come with saving money.

Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2

Economics Concepts:
Savings
Choices
Money
Decision-Making
Goals

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What is Given from the Heart
Written by Patricia C. McKissack
Illustrated by April Harrison
Swartz & Wade Books 2019

Despite their own poverty since Daddy died, Mama tells nine-year-old James Otis that they need to help Sarah, seven, whose family lost everything in a fire.

Word Count: 1,470
Reading Level: 3.3
Interest Level: P-2

Economics Concepts:
Human Resources
Poverty
Philanthropy
Problem Solving

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Home in the Woods
Written and Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
Penguin, 2019

During the Great Depression six-year-old Marvel, her seven siblings, and their mother find a tarpaper shack in the woods and, over the course of a year, turn it into a home. Based on the author’s grandmother’s childhood; includes historical notes.

Word Count: 649
Reading Level: 3.5
Interest Level: K-3

Economics Concepts:
The Great Depression
Poverty
Earning
Productive Resources
Decision Making
Choices

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