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Curious Kids: Money Smarts

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Curious Kids Money Smarts

Did You Know?

If you have a "Benjamin," you have a $100-dollar bill, because Ben Franklin’s picture is on it - and that’s a lot of moolah (money)! Other people shown on US money include Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Sacagawea and soon, Harriet Tubman and more!

Some books below may be eBooks or audiobooks. ask a librarian or parent for help.

Fiction Books

Non-fiction Books

Fun Activities

Money $marts for Kids Activity Book
A fun activity made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association.

Money Madness Criss Cross
Put your cursor in a square to see the clue. Possible answers are in the word list at the bottom.

Coin Coloring Pages
Click on an image to bring up a coloring sheet to print and color!

Coin Memory Match
An easy memory game, with images to match from our coins. Harder levels have more pictures to match.

Word Quest
Pick a theme, then pick a level. Can you find the all?


American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success [DVD]
Can Grace help her grandparents keep their bakery in business?

Piggy Banks to Money Markets [DVD]
Get tips on running a business, saving, spending and investing!

School House Rock: Money [DVD]
Learn about earning money from the Schoolhouse Rock team, with music! Includes English subtitles for the hearing-impaired.

Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death [DVD]
Inventive Wallace and his creative and wily dog Gromit set out to earn some dough in the baking business, but their plan goes very, very awry when they encounter a wicked and dangerous competitor.


Great Minds Think: A Kid’s Guide to Money
A colorful, interactive guide about money and a fun Escape from the Barter Islands game from The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

The Seven Denominations
Read about all the details built into US paper money, in all seven denominations ($1, $2, $5, etc.)

The United States Mint - H.I.P. POCKET CHANGE KIDS SITE
Lots of videos about coins! The short video “How Coins Are Made…for Kids!” follows quarters through the minting process, from metal rods to shiny coins! Explore even more from the link above.

Coin Glossary
If you collect coins, you’ll need to know these words.