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Read to your kids (and teach them about money)

The latest EconTalk episode is David Owen talking about how to teach your kids about money. It’s based on his book, The First National Bank of Dad. The last part of the book and the podcast talk about reading to your kids and how wonderful it is for you and your kids. So I thought I’d list some of the books I’ve enjoyed reading to my kids. Feel free to buy them by clicking through and supporting the Cafe (or its owners, anyway.) I’m sure I’ve forgotten a bunch of others I loved. Add your own favorites in the comments.

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson–read it so many times I probably once knew it by heart.

The Adventures of Curious George by H.A. Rey–my wife didn’t like reading these but my kids loved them so it was usually me doing the reading.

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart and David Small–a perfect book–poignant, interesting and beautifully illustrated. It choked me up every time I read it.

All Those Secrets of the World by Janet Yolen and Leslie Baker–Another great story, great illustrations, and another good tear jerker for the reader. (The kids don’t get choked up).

Owl Moon by Janet Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr–Another beautiful Janet Yolen book.

The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Marla Frazee. Maybe my all-time favorite. A mesmerizing rhymer, perfect story, incredibly beautiful illustrations. I could read this over and over again and my kids loved hearing it.

Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox–This will also choke up the reader. Beautiful book.