The books listed below may be available through publishers, distributors such as bookstores or online retailers, or library systems.

Independent Reading

A Chair for My Mother
by Vera B. Williams. Morrow, 1994
A girl and her mother save money to buy an easy chair.
The Day of Ahmed's Secret
by Heide. Morrow, 1995
Ahmed must make deliveries all over Cairo before he can tell his family that he has learned to write his name.
The Go-Around Dollar
by Barbara J. Adams. MacMillan Publishing, 1992
A dollar bill changes hands as it is used to buy things.
Mr. Griggs' Work
by Cynthia Rylant. Orchard, 1993
Mr. Griggs loves his job in the Post Office, where he sends mail all over the world.
Jambo Means Hello
by Muriel Feelings. Dial, 1974
Introduces Swahili words and the people and environment that created the language.
Mary Alice, Operator Number 9
by Jeffrey Allen. Little, Brown & Co., 1975
When Mary Alice duck gets sick, several other animals try to take her place as time service operator, but none can match her skills.
Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday
by Judith Viorst. MacMillan Publishing, 1978
Alexander tries to save his dollar, but there are things a boy has to have.
All Kinds of Money
by David A. Adler. Franklin Watts Ltd., 1984
Discusses the history of money from early times to today.
Hail to Mail
by Samuel Marshak. Holt, 1990
A certified letter travels around the world until it finally reaches Mr. Peck.
If You Made a Million
by David Schwartz. Morrow, 1994
Marvelosissimo guides the way through the fascinating world of earning and using money.
Mac and Marie and the Train Toss Surprise
by Elizabeth F. Howard. Simon & Schuster, 1993
Mac and Marie await the surprise that their uncle will throw to them from the train he works on.
Market Days: From Market to Market Around the World
by Madhur Jaffrey. BridgeWater, 1995
Fascinating things are found in the markets of Hong Kong, Egypt, Senegal, India, Italy, and Mexico; includes recipes.
Pigs Will Be Pigs
by Amy Axelrod. Four Winds Press, 1994
Members of the Pig family pool their money to choose food from the menu of a Mexican restaurant.
Everything from a Nail to a Coffin
by Iris Van Rynbach. Orchard, 1991
Traces the changes in a retail establishment from 1874 to the present.
Irene and the Big, Fine Nickel
by Irene Smalls-Hector. Little, Brown & Co., 1991
Three Harlem youngsters crown a summer's morning by finding a nickel.
Meet Felicity: An American Girl
by Valerie Tripp. Pleasant, 1991
In Colonial Williamsburg, 1774, Felicity frees a mistreated horse.
by Benjamin Elkin. Childrens Press, 1983
This nonfiction book explains bartering and why we use money in exchange for goods and services.
by Zachary Kent. Childrens Press, 1992
A history of Virginia's colonial capital from its earliest days through its restoration into a major tourist attraction.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

All in a Day's Work: Twelve Americans Talk About Their Jobs
by Neil Johnson. Little, Brown & Co., 1989
A social worker, a musician, and a nurse are three of twelve Americans who talk about their jobs.
Money, Money, Money
by Nancy Winslow Parker. Harper Collins, 1995
This nonfiction book gives historical information about the graphics on our money.
How to Make Books with Children
by Joy Evans and Jo Ellen Moore. Evan-Moor, 1985
Describes six different types of books to make; instructions are reproducible.
by Joe Cribb. Knopf, 1990
Part of the Eyewitness Books series, this is a mini-museum of money around the world.
Williamsburg: Cradle of the Revolution
by Ron and Nancy Goor. Atheneum, 1994
Describes life in this small, southern colonial town and how its inhabitants were affected by events leading up to the Revolution.