Financial Literacy Books for Kids
March 2022

As RIF of NOVA celebrates 50 years in 2022, we are hearing from our community of supporters!

"Old Dominion National Bank has been a proud supporter of Reading is Fundamental of Northern Virginia since 2017. Congratulations on 50 years of providing books to deserving children in our community!"

-- Mark Merrill, CEO
"Congratulations RIF of NOVA for 50 years of enlightening children through the love of reading. We are so proud to partner with you!"

 -- Sheila Adams Gardner, Founder, Cooperative Strategies Family Law

What WAS happening in the children's book world in 1972 when RIF of NOVA began? On a special page on our website, we will count backward from January through December to reach the top-selling book of 1972.

Number 10 on the list is: Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, now an imprint of the Penguin Group. Originally published in 1972, the book became a series of 26 chapter books, geared to emerging readers. Nate is a boy detective who wears a Sherlock Holmes-style deerstalker hat, loves pancakes, and always catches his culprit, usually with the help of his dog Sludge. Illustrator Marc Simont drew the first 20 “Nate” books, and at one time, Nate's image adorned millions of boxes of Cheerios!
Valentine Bingo and NOVA RIF Books at Ashlawn

Pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade students in the Language Arts Program at Ashlawn Elementary School in Arlington played Valentine bingo during their February NOVA RIF book distribution. Led by liaisons Allison Gordon and Jennifer Ellington, the children read Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems, followed by choosing a book to keep. Clearly, bunches of fun! Find a full listing of photos from this school year on our website, linked here!
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Cover Story: Financial Literacy Books for Kids
It can be hard for parents to talk to their children about money. The good news...books can help!!! A blog on a website called Mom Money Map notes that while the selection of children's books about money and financial management is fairly small, there are a few good books to teach kids some of the basics about earning money, saving, and investing. Find that here. For ideas on budgeting, creating an allowance, and savvy shopping click on this article called, "Raising Money-Smart Kids."

Need more? How about a brand new NOVA RIF resource page on the topic. Find that on our website -- Financial Literacy Children's Books. Whoo hoo! Get your piggy bank ready!
What me? Math????
One way to encourage children's money management skills is to introduce math concepts early on! What? You don't like math? Neither does first grade teacher Ann Marie Stephens. So she has created two book series for young children to make math learning so much more fun! Her upcoming book is Arithmechicks Take a Calculation Vacation. It's part of a series of Arithmechicks books, including Arithmechicks Add Up and Arithmechicks Take Away. and joins another series by Ann Marie called CATastrophe about patterns and shapes! Meet Ann Marie Stephens in our website feature: Celebrating Local Children's Book Authors.
Speaking of local authors...
Check out the March edition of Washington Parent magazine! The cover feature is called, Read Across the DMV. One of the authors noted is NOVA RIF board member Carylee Carrington, author of Pretty Hair and Everyone Just Like Me. Her books are noted, along with profiles of other local authors, too. Read that by clicking here. Carylee's books were also featured on the NOVA RIF website as our book picks in February 2021.
(photo: Dorie Howell)
Special Book Givers!
Tharren Clark, a graduate of NYU and a child of two educators, grew up with books. He tries to bring that same book love to NOVA RIF kids via donations of brand new books. This photo shows his 2022 book cache, full of themes to engage diverse readers! Thank you once again, Tharren!
Carrie Frasier, an independent consultant for Usborne Books, held a fundraiser on behalf of RIF of NOVA and donated more than $500 worth of new Pre-K through sixth-grade books for children in our community. We so appreciate these brand new books for NOVA RIF children!
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