|A Gift for Mama*
||Sara has always made presents for her family, but for
mother's day she decides to buy her mother a present. Sara works
hard for her grandmother, eventually saving and earning enough money
to buy a gift for her mother.
|All the Money in the World*
||Quentin helps a leprechaun out of a hole, so the leprechaun
grants him three wishes. Quentin's third wish is to have all the
money in the world. This turns out to cause far more grief than
Quentin expects. The book gives a comic insight in to how money
|Children of the Fire
||Harriette Gillem Robinet
||Savings, income, human capital, exchange and entrepreneurship
||This is a story about a young girl, Hallelujah, who
lives with a foster family during the Great Fire of Chicago. After
the Fire, Hallelujah are neighborhood children start their own business
selling melted glass as souvenirs from the fire. Economic aspects
of the Fire and rebuilding Chicago are mentioned throughout the
|Dear Mr. Henshaw*
||Investment in human capital
||Leigh Botts starts writing to the author of his favorite
book when he is in second grade. In sixth grade, Leigh starts to
write more frequently to Mr. Henshaw (his favorite author), plus
he keeps a diary. Leigh invests his time and effort into becoming
World War II on the home front.
|Takes place from 1941-1943 in San Diego, California.
Foster and his family participate in all the wartime activities
of a typical family. His best friend is sent to a Japanese
Internment camp. His brother is killed in the Pacific.
|Hostage to War: A True Story
||Tatjana Wassiljewa, translation by Anna Trenter
||Human capital, access to markets, and distribution
||Tatjana is a young Russian girl, ten-years-old, when
the Germans invade her town. After suffering through near starvation,
she is taken by the Germans and placed in a labor camp. This story
is a recollection of her stolen childhood and will to live written
in journal format.
|Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child
||This book contains amazing photographs, taken by Lewis
Hine, of child labor in the United States before World War I. During
this time, Hine was working as an investigative photographer for
the National Child Labor Committee.
|Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters*
||Andrea Davis Pinkney
||Workers/Producers, human capital, saving and spending,
||The various stories of women freedom fighters incorporates
economics themes, including the economics of slavery itself.
|Return to the Island
||Savings, income, access to market, and distribution
and exchange, competition, and entrepreneurship
||In 1818, Mary lives on an island in the Great Lakes
that has been settled by French, British, and Native Americans.
This book tells you about the many different aspects of settlement
during this time period including a Native American perspective,
all rapped up in a love story.
|Shoes for Everyone: A Story about Jan Matzeliger*
||Increasing productivity, output
||Jan Ernst Matzelinger, moved to Philadelphia from Dutch
New Guiana in 1873. In Philadelphia he invented the shoe-lasting
machine that revolutionized the shoe making industry.
||John Reynolds Gardiner
||Income, capital, savings, taxes, credit
||This is a story about a boy who spends all of his savings
entering a dog sled race. He needs to win first prize in order to
save his potato farm and his grandfather from tax creditors.
|The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Cold War Ends*
||Supply, demand, opportunity cost, blockades, communist
vs. capitalist modes of production
||This books explains how the Cold War began, persisted,
and ended in a way that elementary students can understand.
|The Great Brain Does it Again*
||The Great Brain is always coming up with ways to swindle
people out of their money or make deals. This book tells several
stories of how the Great Brain uses economic incentives to get people
to do the work for him.
|The Printer's Apprentice
Costs and benefits
|This story presents the trial of John Peter Zenger,
a 1700s New York newspaper publisher, whose landmark case significantly
affected American journalism.
|The Pushcart War
||New York pushcart peddlers are at odds with truck drivers
competing for space on the crowded streets.
|The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhay: Life
in Medieval Africa*
||Patricia and Frederick McKissack
||Supply, demand, trade, and markets
||This book accurately describes what life was like in
Medieval Africa, including multiple historical points of view. In
addition to recounting the past, the books explains the process
of archaeological and historical research. (For more advanced readers.)
|Tops and Bottoms
|Entrepreneurship, venture capitalism, investment, competition
||This book is a sequel to Aesop's
"Hare and the Tortoise". The economic lessons in the story
are based upon Hare being down on his luck and finding a way to
support his family.