Money Madness

by David Adler
illustrated by Edward Miller

What would life be like without money? Adler asks readers to consider this possibility and the problems it would create, and then goes on to trace the history of our monetary system, from hunting/gathering and  the barter system to paper/coin currency.

Colorful, computer-generated illustrations add humor and help clarify concepts.

In their review, School Library Journal called this book "a useful as a starting point" for teaching money.  We did notice that few pages suddenly get quite complicated (inflation, fluctuations in US currency against other currencies.... yikes!)  Be sure to look through the book before reading it to you class to see if you should skip over some sections depending on your audience.

Reading Levels
Interest Level: K-Gr. 3            DRA Level:  24                Lexile Measure: 770L
Grade Equivalent: 3.7           Guided Reading:  M

See inside
Sample spreads from inside Money Madness -- to give you an idea of the retro, computer generated illustrations and the amount of text per page. This first spread occurs early in the book and helps explain why money is needed (ie.."If there was no such thing as money and you needed new clothes, you would have to make them...")

You may also want to check out other math books by David Adler. He really does have a great way of communicating math in language that kids can understand AND find entertaining. To learn more about his math-themed books, click on the book covers below or his name above.

Or check out our list of the best children's books for teaching money: