How to Money: Your Ultimate Visual Guide to the Basics of Finance

Roaring Brook. May 2022. 256p. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9781250791696.
Gr 7 Up–Conversational and contemporary, this engrossing guidebook by Chatzky, Kathryn Tuggle, and the team from the HerMoney website addresses financial issues that women faced in the past, reviews their current opportunities, and projects the possibility for success in their future. Introducing money as a tool for shaping emotional, social, and physical wellbeing, the authors set a tone of achievable tasks and realistic goals. Covering a range of topics from the merit of thrift stores to the possibilities of cryptocurrency, the timely content is informational and entertaining. The standard financial literacy topics of budgeting, employment, education, spending, and investing are interwoven in an interesting manner with an individual’s wants, needs, giving, interests, and personal happiness. With an emphasis on earning, saving, and investing at a young age, the attractively illustrated text can be read sequentially, or teens can select a topic of specific interest. The book’s well-done format includes sidebars, interviews, and an occasional chart, graph, or sample document. The diversity of the interviewed businesswomen speaks to their successes and failures. Examples include Jazz Jennings, Sandra Lopez, and Ilhan Omar. Vocabulary words are highlighted in blue. The book’s back matter includes a 10-page glossary, helpful index, and a selected sources section. A resource for any gender, this engaging guidebook functions as an informational text, supplement to a personal finance course, and research tool.
VERDICT Due to the rapid changes in currency trends, investing, and monetary policy, this book will likely not stand the test of time, but it is currently an excellent addition to the school library’s self-help collection.

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