Title: Coins and Other Currency: A Kid's Guide to Coin Collecting
Author: Tamra Orr
Publisher: Mitchell Lane
Concepts: money, currency, barter, exchange
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, Coins and Other Currency: A Kid's Guide to Coin Collecting, discusses the origins and production of money and how money is used to buy things. Money can also be saved and used later on, and it is used to signal what items are worth. Younger students enter school already with a basic understanding of how money allows their families to purchase the items that they want and need. With its global orientation, this book will help younger learners to learn about international currencies as well. The book should serve as a useful tool for teaching children much more than how to collect coins (although that topic also gets covered), placing them further along the road to learning about the value of money.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children