Preschool and Picture Books

Theme: A Penny, A Dollar

A Bargain for Frances - (ISBN: 978-0064440011)

by Russell Hoban

Although Frances’ “friend” tricks her into buying a plastic toy instead of the china tea set she has been scrimping and saving for, Frances outsmarts her pal in the end. What are you saving up for?

Just Shopping With Mom - (ISBN: 978-0307119728)

by Mercer Mayer

The mother of the family does a great job herding the children away from frivolous purchases as she tries to do the weekly shopping. Of course, the children continue to ask for things they see. Are you like the little sister in this book? What do you try to get at the store?

Piggy and Dad - (ISBN: 978-0763613273)

by David Martin

Every day on which Charlie cannot quite decide how to spend his money, he deliberately puts his bit of cash into his piggy bank. With his savings, he can buy gifts for all of his friends. Start your own savings by adding to the piggy bank attached to this book!

The Berenstain Bears' Trouble With Money - (ISBN: 978-0394859170)

by Jan and Stan Berenstain

Brother and Sister Bear want to collect money to play their favorite video game, but sometimes they cannot decide when to save and when to spend just a little. How much of your allowance (or birthday gift money) should you save?

The Ox-Cart Man - (ISBN: 978-1591127987)

by Donald Hall

This idyllic look at family life shows how one family grows their own food and makes what they need. They also sometimes grow enough to sell their products and make some extra money. Have you ever grown or made anything you can sell?

Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday - (ISBN: 978-1416996217)

by Judith Viorst

Paddy's Pay Day - (ISBN: 978-0140509632)

by Alexandra Day

Tom And Annie Go Shopping - (ISBN: 978-0395517383)

by Barry Smith

Activities for this Theme

Make your own piggy bank ideas.


Learn to count money with worksheets from here.


Color a dollar bill.


Make some play money.