Title: Making Cents
Author: Elizabeth Keeler Robinson
Illustrator: Bob McMahon
Publisher: Tricycle Press
Concepts: money, exchange
Review: A group of resourceful kids are saving up their pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and paper bills of various denominations in order to purchase supplies for a fabulous new project. Along the way, the kids describe to the reader the monetary value of different coins and bills, some interesting tidbits about the physical appearance of the currency, and examples of items of increasing value that can be purchased with the money. The cheerful illustrations and straightforward text will appeal to children who otherwise may object to a dose of math and economics. The helpful facts and clear presentation in Making Cents can readily empower children to learn about money and take their first steps toward gaining financial literacy.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children