Financial Literacy Books

Texas Bankers Foundation is offering free books

Elementary teachers are now required to teach Personal Financial Literacy as a component of the mathematics. Here’s an easy way to help them meet this requirement:

  • Contact a local school/teacher and schedule a time for a presentation. Sample Letter to School.
  • Order a free children’s book that focuses on financial literacy lessons from the Foundation (limit one book per member bank). Order Form.
  • Make the presentation — simply read the book to the students, then discuss the book and present an activity to the children. Links to lesson plans can be found in the book summaries.
  • Donate the book to the school’s library. A bookplate on the front inside cover will note the donation by the Texas Bankers Association Foundation and your bank.
  • Don’t forget to complete and return the Presentation Summary Form.
  • Want to make other presentations? Additional books (some are available in paperback and/or Spanish) can be purchased from local bookstores or online (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.).
  • Looking for more lessons for elementary classrooms? Visit Take Charge America's Teaching Resources webpage.

Books

Grade 1
A Chair for My Mother, by Vera B. Williams 
Students share the book to learn about counting and saving money. They complete worksheets on coin counting and saving.
Lesson Plan

Grade 2
Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday, by Judith Viorst
Students share the book to learn about opportunity costs, goods and services, incentives and saving. They complete worksheets on decision making and choice and play a sorting game with goods and services.
Lesson Plan

Grade 3
If You Made a Million, by David M. Schwartz
Students share the book to learn about spending, saving, interest, borrowing and lending. Students complete a worksheet about money equivalencies, practice writing checks, and role-play saving and borrowing money.
Lesson Plan

Grade 4
The Go-Around Dollar, by Barbara Johnston Adams
Students share the book to learn about the features of money and how money is used. They complete worksheets on the characteristics and functions of money.
Lesson Plan

Grade 5
The Toothpaste Millionaire, by Jean Merrill 
Students listen to several chapters from the book to learn about starting a business and earning a profit. They complete worksheets on costs and profits and play a game about the risks and incentives of starting a business.
Lesson Plan

A Chair for My Mother book cover
Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday book cover
If You Made A Million book cover
The Go-Around Dollar book cover
The Toothpaste Millionaire book cover