Literature Connection

  • Stock Market Pie

    Concepts:  Market, Investing, Saving

    As Grandma makes an apple pie with her granddaughter, Emily, she explains all the ins and outs of stocks and the stock market. This cleverly illustrated and highly informative book is perfect for helping students to learn about a complicated subject in an amusing and motivating way. At the end, Emily learns about the “magic” of compounding – how the value of an investment of just $5 a week (assuming a 7.5% rate of growth) will earn $39,503 in 30 years! This is a powerful way to show students the power of saving regularly.

  • Stock Market Smart

    Concepts:  Market, Saving, Investing

    In a very readable, question-answer format, your students will learn all about the stock market - what the stock market is, how it works, and how one can use it to build wealth for the future. Your students will learn a personal approach to investing based on personal, long and short-term goals. A glossary, list of popular web site, and other references are included.

  • Sweet Potato Pie

    Concepts:  Producers, Productive Resources, Supply & Demand

    Papa tells the family to come to the kitchen one morning to receive some bad news - the bank is about to take away the family farm unless Papa repays a $75 loan. Because of a severe drought, all the family had left was a crop of sweet potatoes. Through ingenuity and hard work, the family works together to bake and sell Mama’s special sweet potato pies at the Harvest Celebration Fair. But could they bake enough pies to save the farm?

  • Sweet Strawberries

    Concepts:  Market, Natural Resources, Economic Wants, Goods & Services, Producers, Trade & Money (Bartering), Trade-offs

    A man and wife visit the market each Saturday. They trade their fish for the goods they want.

  • Take Me Out To the Bat and Ball Factory

    Concepts:  Productive Resources, Goods & Services, Producers, Consumers, Natural Resources, Human Resources, Capital Resources, Specialization, Interdependence, Productivity

    Hank, the owner of a factory that produces bats and balls, takes the reader on a tour explaining how bats and balls are made, marked, and used.

  • Thank You, Mr. Falker

    Concepts:  Specialization, Goods & Services, Interdependence

    Trisha loves school until her inability in reading makes her feel dumb. Luckily, in the fifth grade, her teacher, Mr. Falker, uses his specialized skills to help her learn to read and overcome her problem.

  • The Awful Aardvarks Shop for School

    Concepts:  Goods & Services, Money, Scarcity, Economic Wants

    The aardvarks make a list of things they need for "Back to School." They go to the Shop-All-Day Mall to satisfy their economic wants.
  • The Babe and I

    Concepts:  Saving, Scarcity, Producers, Consumers, Price, Supply & Demand, Profit

    During the Depression, a boy sells newspapers to make money for his family's savings. He sells the papers by the Yankee Stadium and is lucky enough to meet Babe Ruth.
  • The Berenstain Bears: The Trouble With Money

    Concepts:  Economic Wants, Scarcity, Income, Opportunity Cost

    The Berenstain Bears notice that their cubs are constantly asking them for money.  To help solve this problem, they begin to give the cubs an allowance.  However, the cubs are still quickly spending all of their allowance.  Mama and Papa Bear have an idea – to teach the cubs to write checks.  Will this help solve the spending problem? 

  • The Big Buck Adventure

    Concepts:  Consumers, Economic Wants, Goods & Services, Price, Scarcity, Saving

    In this rhyming story, a little girl has a difficult time in a large store deciding how to spend her one-dollar allowance. She also must make quite a few mental math calculations dealing with various coins as she makes this most difficult decision. What will she buy? Will she buy anything?