ALA, FINRA Foundation release free resource of diverse and inclusive financial literacy books for young people

For Immediate Release
Fri, 04/01/2022


Hannah Arata

Communications Specialist

Public Programs Office

American Library Association

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation), has released Thinking Money for All Kids: Diverse and Inclusive Reads to Teach Young People about Money, a free resource for library workers.

Available now as a PDF download, the guide highlights 40 recommended titles selected by a team of librarian advisors. The guide was developed to eschew stereotypes and embrace diversity in telling stories and sharing skills related to personal finance and financial capability for children.

“The FINRA Foundation and the American Library Association have worked together for more than 15 years to help public libraries meet the financial education needs of communities across the country,” said Gerri Walsh, president of the FINRA Foundation. “Thinking Money for All Kids: Diverse and Inclusive Reads to Teach Young People about Money is a much-needed guide full of ideas and books to help young people see themselves in stories while gaining the skills to make smart financial choices.”

The guide also includes sections on how to build a diverse financial education collection, program ideas, resources, and tips.

Thinking Money for All Kids: Diverse and Inclusive Reads to Teach Young People about Money introduces books and resources to help young people explore personal values about money, treat people from all socioeconomic backgrounds with dignity and respect, and address the foundational concepts that comprise financial capability.

Books featured in the guide include:

  • “A Bike Like Sergio’s” by Maribeth Boelts; Published by Candlewick Press
  • “Dirt Cheap” by Mark Hoffman; Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • “Clever Girl Finance: Ditch Debt, Save Money, and Build Real Wealth” by Bola Sokunbi; Published by Wiley
  • “Tia Isa Wants a Car” by Meg Medina; Published by Candlewick Press
  • “The Startup Squad” by Brian Weisfeld and Nicole C. Kear; Published by Imprint

“Books allow children to see themselves in the world,” said academic librarian at Naugatuck Valley Community College (Conn.) and project advisor Ivelisse Maldonado. “Literature should reflect and honor the lives of youth from all backgrounds.”

Download the free guide now.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit

About FINRA and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation

FINRA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to investor protection and market integrity. It regulates one critical part of the securities industry—brokerage firms doing business with the public in the United States. FINRA, overseen by the SEC, writes rules, examines for and enforces compliance with FINRA rules and federal securities laws, registers broker-dealer personnel and offers them education and training, and informs the investing public. In addition, FINRA provides surveillance and other regulatory services for equities and options markets, as well as trade reporting and other industry utilities. FINRA also administers a dispute resolution forum for investors and brokerage firms and their registered employees. For more information, visit

The FINRA Foundation supports innovative research and educational projects that give underserved Americans the knowledge, skills and tools to make sound financial decisions throughout life. For more information about FINRA Foundation initiatives, visit