Money As You Grow Bookshelf

Money As You Grow Bookshelf

Many parents and caregivers are eager to build a good financial literacy foundation for their kids, but might not feel they have enough time, tools, and confidence. Fortunately, many of the building blocks for financial well-being – like patience, planning, and problem-solving – don't require a lot of financial know-how. The Money as You Grow book club is a family financial education program that uses children’s books to help families learn key money concepts through reading, play, and quiet one-on-one talks.


Four-session program

September 24, October 1, 8, 15
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Steele Memorial Library
101 East Church Street, Elmira, NY
Call Amanda at 607-733-9173


October 3, 10, 17, 24
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Wayland Library
101 West Naples Street, Wayland, NY
Call the library at 585-728-5380


November 1,8,15,22
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Nonnie Hood Parent Center
Call Amanda at 607-936-3837

Attendance at all four sessions is requested.


Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday

by Judith Viorst

Summary: Alexander started the week as a rich young man. There were so many things he could do with a dollar. The money began to disappear.

Key ideas: Prioritizing, saving

Age: 4 and up

A Bargain for Frances

by Russell Hoban

Summary: Frances saves and saves for a china tea set. Her friend Thelma tricks her into buying an old plastic tea set. Frances finds a way to get what she really wants.

Key ideas: Setting goals, staying true to yourself

Age: 6 and up

The Berenstain Bears & Mama’s New Job

by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Summary: When Mama becomes a “business bear,” the way work gets done around the house changes. Other members of the Bear family learn how to help more.

Key ideas: Setting goals, staying true to yourself

Age: 4 and up

A Chair for My Mother

by Verna Williams

Summary: A family loses all their furniture in a fire. They set a goal to buy a chair for mother. The family, neighbors, and friends work together for success.

Key ideas: Setting goals, earning

Age: 6 and up

Ox-Cart Man

by Donald Hall

Summary: A farm family uses their time, energy, and talents to make or grow almost everything they need. They also make and grow extra things to take to market and sell.

Key ideas: Earning, setting goals

Age: 4 and up


Nancy Reigelsperger
Financial/Energy Education
(607) 664-2573

Last updated October 22, 2019