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A Kid's Guide to Stock Market Investing / by Tamra Orr


Title: A Kid's Guide to Stock Market Investing
Author: Tamra Orr
Publisher: Mitchell Lane
ISBN: 978-1-58415-642-0
Year: 2009

Concepts: stock market, savings, investment, financial institutions

Review:  Just about every state has content standards beginning in kindergarten covering important concepts in economics. These content requirements, together with the media attention paid to the importance of financial literacy, have led to a greater need for books that will help children to become more informed about the economic world around them. The new book series Money Matters: A Kid’s Guide to Money helps to fill a niche in this literature.

One of the books in the series, A Kid’s Guide to Stock Market Investing, provides an extensive overview of the operation, history, and organization of stock markets, with a focus on the major exchanges in the United States. The author takes what could amount to an overwhelming topic and formulates it into more manageable terms for younger people to comprehend.  That said, the large number of definitions, detailed historical narrative, and relatively complex concepts make the book more appropriate for middle grade readers and older children. Livening up the book are well-known company logos and examples of companies that try to make it fun to hold stock by sending gift boxes to shareholders at the end of the year.

Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children


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