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Money, Money, Money
Count up these books about entrepreneurs, consumer skills, shop-owners, and real people in the world of economics or consumerism. This is a great match for units on money at any level.

Preschool and Picture Books

Miss Fannie's Hat - Jan Karon, (978-0806635262), Fiction
Interest level: 1-2, Lexile: 680, ESL level: 1-2
Miss Fanny loves hats but she needs to sell one to help her church.

Early Elementary Books

Beatrice's Goat - Page McBrier, (978-0689824609), Fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 640, ESL level: 2
A Ugandan family receives a goat that helps them to finance their daughter's education.

Max Malone makes a Million - Charlotte Herman, (978-0805013740), Fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 500, ESL level: 2
Max wants to figure out some schemes so he and his friend can make money quickly like his neighbor.

Pennies in a Jar - Dori Chaconas, (978-1561454228), Fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 690, ESL level: 2
A young boy is fearful about life as his dad leaves to go overseas, but he finds ways to cope including collecting pennies to buy a birthday present for his father.

Pigs Go to Market: Fun with Math and Shopping - Amy Axelrod, (978-0689825538), Fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 540, ESL level: 1-2
Mrs. Pig uses a free shopping spree as a teaching moment.

Upper Elementary to Middle School Books

Aunt Clara Brown: Official Pioneer - Linda Lowery, (978-1575050454), Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 470, ESL level: 2-3
This biography of Clara Brown shows how she earns money to help free other slaves.

Mr. Chickee's Funny Money - Christopher Paul Curtis, (978-0385327725), Fiction
Interest level: 6-9, Lexile: 1010, ESL level: 2-3
When two pals come across a quadrillion-dollar bill, they use their wiles to find out who counterfeited it and its picture of James Brown!

The Exiles at Home - Hilary McKay, (978-0689506109), Fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 780, ESL level: 3-4
Sponsorship of a ten-year-old African boy ignites many challenges when four British sisters sign up to support him.

Girls Rule - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, (978-0385731393), Fiction
Interest level: 6-8, Lexile: 860, ESL level: 3-4
Who will win the challenge to make the most money for a strawberry festival, the Malloy girls or the Hatford boys?

In Business with Mallory - Laurie Friedman, (978-1575059259), Fiction
Interest level: 5-7, Lexile: 650, ESL level: 2-3
Mallory starts several money-making ventures to get the purse she feels she needs.

Lawn Boy - Gary Paulsen, (978-0385746861), Fiction
Interest level: 5-7, Lexile: 780, ESL level: 3
An enterprising pre-teen boy, with the help of a neighborhood investment advisor, expands his lawn mower business by adding immigrant employees and learning fast lessons about making BIG money.

Lily and Miss Liberty - Carla Stevens, (978-0590449199), Fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 550, ESL level: 2-3
A young girl sells items she has made in order to finance the base pedestal for the Statue of Liberty.

Lunch Money - Andrew Clements, (978-0689866838), Fiction
Interest level: 5-9, Lexile: 840, ESL level: 3
When Greg comes into conflict with Maura during his latest money-making enterprise, he gradually finds cooperation with her has higher yields.

The Monster Money Book - Loreen Leedy, (978-0823409228), Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 440, ESL level: 2-3
Members of a money club discuss finance and banking.

Owen Foote, Money Man - Stephanie Greene, (978-0618023691), Fiction
Interest level: 3-5, Lexile: 570, ESL level: 3
Owen needs money so he searches for a good way to come up with a lot fast!

The Pickle Patch Bathtub - Frances Kennedy, (978-1582461120), Fiction
Interest level: 3-8, Lexile: 940, ESL level: 3
When farm children get to big to bathe in a washtub, they set out to save up to buy a real bathtub from the Sears Catalog by growing cucumbers and making them into pickles to sell.

My Rolls and Piles of Coins - Tololwa M. Mollel, (978-0395751862), Fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 700, ESL level: 2-3
While saving money to buy a bicycle, a young Tanzanian lad learns that it is going to be more difficult than he thought to obtain the bicycle he needs to help his parents in their marketing.

Tarantula Shoes - Tom Birdseye, (978-0823411795), Fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 730, ESL level: 3
A young boy who has just moved to a new school in Kentucky tries imaginative ways to earn money for a new pair of athletic shoes he feels he needs.

Willimena and the Cookie Money - Valerie Wilson Wesley, (978-0786804658), Fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 520, ESL level: 3
Willimena knew she owed the cookie money to the girl scouts, but she also wanted to help the girls down the street who needed lunch money.

Middle School to Young Adult Books

Dream Freedom - Sonia Levitin, (978-0152024048), Fiction
Interest level: 7-9, Lexile: 670, ESL level: 3-4
Classmates in a California school try to raise money to procure the freedom of Sudanese slaves.

The Get Rich Quick Club - Dan Gutman, (978-0060534400), Fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 640, ESL level: 3
Gina and friends form a get-rich quick club during summer vacation in Maine.

Millions - Frank Cottrell Boyce, (978-0060733308), Fiction
Interest level: 6-9, Lexile: 650, ESL level: 3-4
Two brothers feel they must spend the sterling they find after their mother's death, afraid of the upcoming conversion to euros.

Money Hungry - Sharon Flake, (978-0786805488), Fiction
Interest level: 6-9, Lexile: 650, ESL level: 3
Teen-aged Raspberry tries to make money to support herself and her mother after having lived on the streets.

Money: It's our Job - Gerry Bailey, (978-0756516758), Non-fiction
Interest level: 6-10, Lexile: 1050, ESL level: 3
Find out about job opportunities in the financial industry; information about training and other requirements is also included.

She's So Money - Cherry Cheva, (978-0061288555), Fiction
Interest level: 8-12, Lexile: 920, ESL level: 4
When an ambitious senior girl helps establish a cheating ring in her high school to help her family save their business, she risks her future but vies for the affection of a classmate.