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Why Do We Write Finance Books for Kids?

In a world where financial literacy is increasingly critical, there exists a striking gap in knowledge among our youngest generation. The sobering statistics are hard to ignore: a significant number of children lack even the most basic understanding of money management. As advocates for a brighter financial future for all, we couldn't stand idly by.

Welcome to the "My First Finance Book Series." It's more than just a collection of children's books; it's a passionate response to a pressing issue. In this blog post, we'll take you on a journey behind the scenes, sharing the driving force that led to the creation of this series. It all stems from a profound realization: the need to empower kids with financial knowledge from an early age.

In the coming sections, we'll delve into the statistics that spurred us into action and get an introduction into the work we are doing to solve this issue over at our My First Finance Book website.

So, join us on this voyage of discovery, as we shed light on why we embarked on this mission and how we intend to make a lasting impact. Together, we can pave the way for a financially empowered future generation.

The State of Financial Literacy Among Children

Picture this: a child receives their first allowance, and instead of spending it recklessly, they save a portion, plan for future expenses, and even invest a bit. While this might sound like a scene from a financial utopia, it's a reality we aim to make possible through the "My First Finance Book Series."

However, the starting point for our journey was a series of alarming statistics that paint a stark picture of the financial knowledge gap among children today. These figures are not just numbers; they represent the lives and futures of countless young individuals. Let's explore some of these statistics and data points that served as a wake-up call:

1. The Shocking Lack of Basic Financial Knowledge

  • According to a recent survey conducted by Forbes, a substantial percentage of children struggle with fundamental financial concepts. Surprisingly, many kids cannot distinguish between needs and wants, let alone grasp the concept of budgeting.

2. The Debt Dilemma

  • It's disheartening to note that even before entering full adulthood, a concerning number of young adults find themselves in debt, often due to student loans or credit card mismanagement. As reported by CNBC, 1 in 5 young adults were so delinquent on their debt that it was sent to a debt collector. Without proper financial education, they may lack the skills needed to navigate these financial challenges effectively.

3. The Saving Struggle

  • Savings rates among young people are at an all-time low. Many adolescents and young adults have little to no savings, leaving them financially vulnerable when unexpected expenses arise. Less than 50% of teens report having any savings, while most (if they have any) can’t cover a $1,000 expense.

4. The Role of Parents

  • While parents play a crucial role in teaching their children about money, not all parents feel equipped to do so. Some may avoid the topic altogether, unintentionally perpetuating the cycle of financial illiteracy.

5. The Consequences of Ignorance

  • The consequences of a lack of financial literacy among children can be far-reaching. From poor financial decision-making to being susceptible to financial scams, the repercussions are significant and can follow them into adulthood.

  • These statistics are not meant to instill fear but to emphasize the pressing need for action. As concerned individuals, we couldn't stand by while children faced a future of financial uncertainty. Instead, we decided to take matters into our own hands by creating the "My First Finance Book Series."

  • In the next section, we'll delve deeper into why early financial education is not just an option but a necessity in today's world. We'll explore how teaching kids about money can set them on a path to financial empowerment and success.

The Impact We Aim to Make

As we embarked on this journey to create the "My First Finance Book Series," our vision extended far beyond simply publishing a set of children's books. We set out to make a tangible and lasting impact on the financial literacy landscape for young learners. Here's a glimpse of the impact we're committed to:

1. Accessibility Through Books

  • Our books are just the beginning. We firmly believe that financial education should be accessible to all children, regardless of their background or circumstances. That's why we've made our books readily available on platforms like Amazon. By ensuring that these resources are easy to obtain, we hope to reach a wide audience of parents, educators, and caregivers who share our passion for teaching kids about money.

2. Free Lesson Plans and Activities

  • We understand that learning doesn't stop with books alone. To provide comprehensive support to parents and educators, we offer a treasure trove of free lesson plans and activities on our website. These resources are designed to complement our books, making it even easier for kids to absorb financial concepts in a fun and engaging way. Our goal is to equip parents and teachers with the tools they need to facilitate meaningful financial discussions and activities with children.

3. Expanding Learning Opportunities

  • But we didn't stop there. We envision a future where financial education for children goes beyond the pages of a book. To realize this vision, we've developed a comprehensive series of lesson plans and slides tailored for schools and after-school camps. These resources are meticulously designed to align with educational standards and provide a structured curriculum for educators. While this will be a paid offering, we believe it will provide significant value by seamlessly integrating with our books and enhancing the learning experience for both children and educators.

4. Empowering Future Generations

  • Ultimately, the impact we aim to make extends to the future. We're not just teaching kids about money; we're empowering them to make informed financial decisions that will shape their lives for years to come. We envision a generation of young individuals who approach financial challenges with confidence, who understand the value of saving, and who are equipped with the skills to build a secure financial future.

Conclusion: Join Us in Our Mission

Our commitment to promoting financial literacy among children is unwavering. We invite you to join us in this mission to prepare the next generation for a financially secure and empowered future. Whether you're a parent, educator, or advocate for financial education, together, we can create a world where every child can learn and thrive in the realm of personal finance.


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