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Books for Ages 8 and Older

How a Second Grader Beats Wall Street: Golden Rules Any Investor Can Learn by Allan S. Roth. Wiley, 2011.
Follows the story of Kevin Roth—an eight-year-old who was schooled in simple approaches to sound investing by his father, seasoned financial planner Allan Roth—and discover exactly how simple it can be to become a successful investor. Page by page, you'll learn how to create a portfolio with the widest diversification and lowest costs; one that can move up your financial freedom by a decade and dramatically increase your spending rate during retirement. And all this can be accomplished by using some commonsense techniques.


Books for Ages 9 and Older

The Young Investor: Projects and Activities for Making Your Money Grow by Katherine R. Bateman. Chicago Review Press, 2010.
Uses homey stories and personal examples to demonstrate how to learn about investments from everyday experiences. Explains the circulation of wealth; bank accounts; and then provides a concise summary of savings vehicles, including compound interest. Also covers broader and deeper topics such as risk-tolerance, stock reports, and macroeconomics.

Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for Kids by Gail Karlitz and Debbie Honig. Price Stern Sloan, 2010.
A clear explanation of the theory behind investing and compound interest. Related terms are introduced and defined throughout the volume and anecdotes citing companies familiar to children (e.g., Kellogg's, IBM, Coca-Cola) often illustrate principles.

A Kid's Guide to Stock Market Investing by Tamra Orr. Mitchell Lane Publishers, 2008.
Join Sasha and Tim and the rest of their class as they find out how the world s stock markets work, how they got started, and how everyday people can invest. Meet the Bull on Wall Street, learn the stock market jargon and codes, and even find out what to do if the market should take a tumble.

Wow the Dow!: The Complete Guide to Teaching Your Kids How to Invest in the Stock Market by Pat Smith and Lynn Roney. Fireside, 2000.
A family-oriented guide to the workings of Wall Street that shows parents how to start investing in the stock market with their children and encourages kids to think intelligently about money.

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Books for Ages 13 and Older

Teenvestor: The Practical Investment Guide For Teens and Their Parents by Emmanuel Modu and Andrea Walker. Penguin Putnam, Inc, 2002.
An easy-to-understand guide for teaching teens and their parents how to invest in the stock market, TeenVestor is the first hands-on and web-interactive investment book of its kind.

The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens: 8 Steps to Having More Money Than Your Parents Ever Dreamed Of by David Gardner, Tom Gardner and Selena Maranjian. Fireside, 2002.
In a wise and witty manner, brothers David and Tom Gardner, founders of the multimedia investment company The Motley Fool, impart their investment strategies to the adolescent masses. In eight teen-friendly sections, the brothers Gardner and writing partner Selena Maranjian demystify the stock market by describing and defining mutual funds, banking practices, IRAs, and drip investing.

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