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New Books

The Rutgers University Project on Economics writes book reviews for newly published picture books, easy readers, and books for older children that contain economics concepts.  Just click on the heading below to read our original reviews for these recent book publications.   Note that books included in the links below were provided for review by the publishers. If you have a book that you would like us to review, please contact us.

New Picture Books in 2008

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2008.

New Picture Books in 2008

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2008.

New Picture Books in 2008

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2008.

New Picture Books in 2007

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2007.

New Picture Books in 2007

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2007.

New Picture Books in 2007

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2007.

New Picture Books in 2009

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2009.

New Picture Books in 2010

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2010.

New Picture Books in 2011

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2011.

New Picture Books in 2012

 

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2012.

New Picture Books in 2012

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2012.

New Picture Books in 2012

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2012.

New Picture Books in 2010

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2010.

New Picture Books in 2011

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2011.

New Picture Books in 2009

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2009.

New Picture Books in 2010

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2010.

New Picture Books in 2011

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2011.

New Picture Books in 2009

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2009.

New Books for Older Children and Young Adults in 2008

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these book publications.  

New Books for Older Children and Young Adults in 2009

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these book publications.  

New Books for Older Children and Young Adults in 2010

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these book publications.  

New Books for Older Children and Young Adults in 2007 (and Earlier)

The Rutgers Project has recently begun to review books for older children and young adults, so we have only a few reviews for 2007 and earlier.  Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these book publications.  

New Books for Older Children and Young Adults in 2011

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these book publications.  

New Books for Older Children and Young Adults in 2012

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these book publications.

New Picture Books in 2006 (and Earlier)

Just click on the titles to read our original reviews for these picture books and easy readers published in 2006 and earlier.  Please note that the Rutgers Project started reviewing books in 2007, so we have only a few reviews for these years.

Book of the Month

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).

These books are available through library loan or purchase.  For state-by-state online public-library catalogues, click on How to Get Books.

WELCOME TO THE RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PROJECT ON
ECONOMICS AND CHILDREN

MISSION:
This website provides teachers, parents, and volunteers with ideas for using children's literature to introduce economics to children.  We review new books from leading publishers and makes selections for "Book of the Month" and "Top Five" categories.

Unlike many of the existing websites on economics education, EconKids focuses on younger students in elementary school.  Its user-friendly design can help to generate quick teaching ideas that are based on current research in economics and education.


WEBSITE FEATURES:
Top 5 Books By Concept. Instructors can click on an economics concept to get a list of our “Top Five” choices for acclaimed children’s books that use enjoyable stories to teach an economics lesson. The selection of all books is based on objective research criteria and on direct experience in teaching with the books.

Book of the Month.  Some of these books are not to be missed.  Check our current and previous picks for "Book of the Month" when looking for excellent book ideas in devising reading strategies and social studies lesson plans.

New Books.  Stay up to date with this link to high-quality, newly-published children's books with valuable economics lessons.  Our original reviews  focus on how economics concepts are woven into each book.

Research. Interested readers can download working papers on economics education directly from the EconKids website.  The research papers focus on pedagogical strategies, economics content standards, assessment tools in economics education, and how children learn economics.

Content Standards.  This page contains links to all the states’ content standards in economics.

Text-to-World Connections.  These books can be used to explore "text-to-world" connections in which students relate the ideas from their books to the economic world around them.  Examples include the 2006 Nobel Prize winners for Peace and for Economics.

Helpful Links.  Here you will find a short list of organizations with the most useful resources for promoting economic and financial literacy among students of all age.

Contact Info.  This page provides complete correspondence information.

Social Media.  Come join EconKids at your favorite social networking site. 

Search Options. Use the search text box in the upper right corner of this site and search by using keywords for books, concepts, resources, and research paper topics.


Top Five Books by Concepts

Instructors can click on an economics concept to get a list of our “Top Five” choices for acclaimed children’s books that use enjoyable stories to teach an economics lesson. The selection of books is based on objective research criteria and on direct experience in teaching with the books.

To access the complete and up-to-date list from which we chose the top five, click on Bibliography.

All these books are available through library loan or purchase.  For state-by-state online public-library catalogues, click on How to Get Books.

Click on a concept to find the top five books in that category:

Top Five Books on Barter

Click on the title for each book to see book cover and more details.

Top Five Books on Allocation and Distribution

Click on the title for each book to see book cover and more details.

Top Five Books on Capital Resources

Click on the title for each book to see book cover and more details.

Top Five Books on Child Schooling and Work

Click on the title for each book to see book cover and more details.

Top Five Books on Discrimination

Click on the title for each book to see book cover and more details.

Top Five Books on Economic History

Click on the title for each book to see book cover and more details.

Top Five Books on Economic Role of Government

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Top Five Books on Entrepeneurs

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Top Five Books on Goods and Services

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Top Five Books on Human Resources

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Top Five Books on Innovation

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Top Five Books on Incentives

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Top Five Books on Interdependence

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Top Five Books on Markets and Competition

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Top Five Books on Money and Banking

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Top Five Books on Natural Resources

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Top Five Books on Opportunity Cost

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Top Five Books on Other Economics Concepts

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Top Five Books on Producers and Consumers

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Top Five Books on Saving

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Top Five Books on Scarcity

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Top Five Books on Unemployment

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Top Five Books on Wants and Needs

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Research on Economics and Children

The website content of EconKids is grounded in current research on economics and children.  To help authors in this area of research obtain feedback on their work in progress, EconKids includes an on-line working paper series.  If you would like to post a working paper about economics and children to this series, please contact us, and we will review your paper for inclusion in the working paper series.

If you are interested in reading current working papers, click on a link below to find out more information concerning each title:

Research on Economics and Children

The website content of EconKids is grounded in current research on economics and children. To help authors in this area of research obtain feedback on their work in progress, EconKids includes an on-line working paper series. If you would like to post a working paper about economics and children to this series, please contact us, and we will review your paper for inclusion in the working paper series.

If you are interested in reading current working papers, click on a link below to find out more information concerning each title:

How to Get Books

These books are readily available in school libraries, public libraries, bookstores, and the internet; they are not specialized teachers’ materials.

For example, try the following links to purchase the books on-line at a discount. You can also reserve these books on-line via your local public library system. Try the following links for state-by-state on-line library systems and catalogs.

Purchase Online
Amazon Books
Lee & Low Books

State Public Library Websites Online
List of US State Public Library Websites 

State Public Library Catalog Systems
State-Specific Links to Catalogs

Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

Contact Information Project co-directors: Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic and Theodora Haynes.
Associate director: Jen Fitzgerald.
Co-founders: Yana Rodgers and Shelby Hawthorne. Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic
Librarian, Paul Robeson Library
Rutgers - The State University
Camden, NJ 08102

tel: 856-225-2832
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Theodora Haynes
Librarian, Paul Robeson Library
Rutgers - The State University
300 North 4th Street
Camden, NJ 08102

tel: 856-225-2838
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Jen Fitzgerald
Rutgers University - MLIS Graduate Student
National Institute for Early Education Research
73 Easton Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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curriculum vita: cv (pdf file) Yana Rodgers
Professor, Women's and Gender Studies Department
162 Ryders Lane
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Shelby Hawthorne
Reading Specialist
Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School
3131 Ironbound Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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We gratefully acknowledge Michael Esmail (Rutgers University Class of 2008) for his work as Research Assistant in designing the econkids website, and Suzanne Cordier, Terri Coss, Waller Hastings, Kristen Shea Johnson, Theresa Johnson, Diane Kinney, Cynthia Lambert, Brittany Newell, Donna Pankulics, Jen Parker, Lana Sacks, Vicki Wang, Mary Szilagyi, and Terri Yost for their work as Project Affiliates.

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