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Just click on any month below to find our top choices for excellent children's books that contain powerful lessons about economics. 

To access the complete and up-to-date list from which we chose the book of the month, click on Bibliography.  (You will need the free Adobe Reader to view this pdf file).

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December 2012. The Twelve Days of Christmas / illustrated by Dan Andreasen
November 2012. The Art of Miss Chew / by Patricia Polacco
October 2012. The Last Free Cat / by Jon Blake
September 2012. Tía Isa Wants a Car / by Meg Medina, illustrated by Claudio Muñoz
August 2012. I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery / by Cynthia Grady, illustrated by Michele Wood
July 2012. A Boy Called Dickens / by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by John Hendrix
June 2012. Lucky Jake / by Sharon Hart Addy, illustrated by Wade Zahares
May 2012. Just Being Audrey / by Margaret Cardillo, illustrated by Julia Denos
April 2012. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind / by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
March 2012. What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors / by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld, illustrated by Ben Boos and A.G. Ford
February 2012. The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum / by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Ray Fenwick
January 2012. Mousenet / by Prudence Breitrose, illustrated by Stephanie Yue
December 2011. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate / by Jacqueline Kelly
November 2011. The Pied Piper of Hamelin / by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark
October 2011. Ghetto Cowboy / by G. Neri, illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson
September 2011. The No. 1 Car Spotter / by Atinuke, illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell
August 2011. 90 Miles to Havana / by Enrique Flores-Galbis
July 2011. The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families / by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
June 2011. Year of the Tiger / by Alison Lloyd
May 2011. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice / by Phillip Hoose
April 2011. The Agency 2: The Body at the Tower / by Y.S. Lee
March 2011. Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged! / by Jody Nyasha Warner, illustrated by Richard Rudnicki
February 2011. The Year Money Grew on Trees / by Aaron R. Hawkins
January 2011. Mirror / by Jeannie Baker
December 2010. The Christmas Eve Ghost / by Shirley Hughes
November 2010. Lola and the Rent-A-Cat / by Ceseli Josephus Jitta
October 2010. The Not-So-Great Depression / by Amy Goldman Koss
September 2010. Bamboo People / by Mitali Perkins
August 2010. Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker / by Kathryn Lasky, ill. Nneka Bennett
July 2010. Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer / by Carol Brendler, illustrated by Ard Hoyt
June 2010. That Book Woman / by Heather Henson, illustrated by David Small
May 2010. Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book / by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
April 2010. Dancing to Freedom: The True Story of Mao's Last Dancer / by Li Cunxin, Anne Spudvilas
March 2010. Cloud Tea Monkeys / by Mal Peet & Elspeth Graham, illustrated by Juan Wijngaard
February 2010. Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Peace Prize / by Kathy-Jo Wargin, ill Zachary Pullen
January 2010. You and Me and Home Sweet Home / by George Ella Lyon, ill. Stephanie Anderson
December 2009. Long Walk to Freedom / by Nelson Mandela, abridged by Chris van Wyk, ill. Paddy Bouma
November 2009. Swindle / by Gordon Korman
October 2009. Ace Lacewing Bug Detective: Bad Bugs Are My Business / by David Biedrzycki
September 2009. Piper Reed Gets a Job / by Kimberly Willis Holt, illustrated by Christine Davenier
August 2009. Little Leap Forward: A Boy in Beijing / by Guo Yue & Clare Farrow, ill. by Helen Cann
July 2009. Listen to the Wind / by Greg Mortenson and Susan Roth, collages by Susan Roth
June 2009. A Cup for Everyone / by Yusuke Yonezu
May 2009. Sparrow Girl / by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Yoko Tanaka
April 2009. Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin / by Gene Barretta
March 2009. Hiromi's Hands / by Lynne Barasch
February 2009. Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch / by Mona Kerby, illustrated by Lynne Barasch
January 2009. Isabel's Car Wash / by Sheila Bair, illustrated by Judy Stead
December 2008. The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby / by Chrystal Hubbard, ill. Robert McGuire
November 2008. Those Shoes / by Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
October 2008. Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak / by Kay Winters, illustrated by Larry Day
September 2008. Henry's Freedom Box / by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
August 2008. Running Shoes / by Frederick Lipp, illustrated by Jason Gaillard
July 2008. Rudy Rides the Rails: A Depression Era Story / by Dandi Daley Mackall, ill. Chris Ellison
June 2008. Four Feet, Two Sandals / by K. Williams & K. Mohammed, illustrated by D. Chayka
May 2008. Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai / by Claire Nivola
April 2008. Violet the Pilot / by Steve Breen
March 2008. A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero
February 2008. The Have a Good Day Cafe / by Frances Park & Ginger Park, ill. Katherine Potter
January 2008. Tuttle's Red Barn:The Story of America's Oldest Family Farm / R. Michelson, M. Azarian
December 2007. Armando and the Blue Tarp School / by Edith Fine & Judith Josephson, ill. Hernan Sosa
November 2007. Mary Smith / by Andrea U'Ren
October 2007. Amelia's Road / by Linda Jacobs Altman, illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez
September 2007. A Castle on Viola Street / by Dyanne DiSalvo
August 2007. The Birdman / by Veronika M. Charles, ill. Annouchka G. Galouchko & Stephan Daigle
July 2007. Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor / by Emily Arnold McCully
June 2007. Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter / by Diana Stanley
May 2007. A Basket of Bangles: How a Business Grows / by Ginger Howard, ill. Cheryl Kirk Noll
April 2007. Saturday Sancocho / by Leyla Torres
March 2007. Mama Panya's Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya / by M. & R. Camberlin, il. J Cairns
February 2007. Anna the Bookbinder / by Andrea Cheng, illustrated by Ted Rand
January 2007. Boom Town / by Sonia Levitin, illustrated by Cat Bowman Smith
December 2006. A Full Hand / by Thomas Yezerski
November 2006. Mia's Story: A Sketchbook of Hopes & Dreams / by Michael Foreman
October 2006. Beatrice's Goat / by Page McBrier, illustrated by Lori Lohstoeter
September 2006. Sanji and the Baker / by Robin Tzannes and Korky Paul
August 2006. Coolies / by Yin, illustrated by Chris Soentpiet