Teaching Economic Concepts with Picture Books and Junior Novels
by Nancy J. Polette
August 2013, 311pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-502-2
$50, £38, 42€, A72
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What better way to explain economic concepts than through story?

Using quality literature to introduce younger students to economic terms and concepts is an engaging and effective teaching method. This book demonstrates how.

At what age can children benefit from learning about economics? The consensus among educators today is the earlier the better. K–8 teachers and librarians will find this book invaluable for introducing basic economic concepts to students and giving them a solid foundation of understanding that can be built upon as they advance in grade level. Author Nancy Polette, prolific author and expert on using picture books for education, explains how to use 20 picture books to present basic ideas such as credit, wants and needs, and supply and demand; and to build understanding of more complex concepts with 20 junior novels. The titles and suggested activities enable students to enjoy the literary experience and benefit from economic lessons that sink in because they are presented through stories involving characters with whom children can relate.


  • Supplies an appealing and highly effective way to enrich the social studies curriculum
  • Presents discussion questions applicable to public library storytimes
  • Provides grade-level appropriate activities and reproducibles in a ready-to-use format that saves teachers and librarians time
  • Recommends titles that are easily available
Nancy J. Polette is professor emeritus at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO. She is the author of more than 150 professional books, including Libraries Unlimited's Stop the Copying with Wild and Wacky Research Projects; Books Every Child Should Know: The Literature Quiz Book; Teaching Thinking Skills with Picture Books, K–3; and Literature Lures: Using Picture Books and Novels to Motivate Middle School Readers. Polette is winner of the Texas Legacy Award for her publications for gifted children and of the Mom's Choice 2012 Gold Seal International Award for The Spy with the Wooden Leg: The Story of Virginia Hall. She is a regular speaker at library, reading, and gifted conferences.


"This book is a welcome addition to any K-8 professional collection, encouraging educators to bring writing across the curriculum, and to integrate economics into literature."—ARBA, November 1, 2013
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