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

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA), in conjunction with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation), has released Thinking about money for all children: diverse and inclusive readings to teach young people about moneya free resource for library workers.

Available now as a PDF download, the guide highlights 40 recommended titles selected by a team of library advisors. The guide was developed to avoid stereotypes and embrace diversity by telling stories and sharing skills related to children’s personal finances and financial capability.

“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 about money for all children: diverse and inclusive readings to teach young people about money is an indispensable guide full of ideas and books to help young people see themselves in the stories while learning the skills to make wise financial choices.

The guide also includes sections on how to create a diverse collection of financial education, curriculum ideas, resources, and tips.

Thinking about money for all children: diverse and inclusive readings to teach young people about money features books and resources to help young people explore personal values ​​related to money, treat people from all socio-economic backgrounds with dignity and respect, and address fundamental concepts that include 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; Edited by Willey
  • “Tia Isa Wants a Car” by Meg Medina; Published by Candlewick Press
  • “The Startup Squad” by Brian Weisfeld and Nicole C. Kear; Edited by Legal Notice

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

Download the free guide now.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the leading national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, ALA has been the trusted voice of academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the role of the library in improving learning and 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 an essential part of the securities industry – the brokerage firms that do business with the public in the United States. FINRA, overseen by the SEC, writes rules, reviews and enforces compliance with FINRA rules and federal securities laws, registers broker-dealer personnel and provides education and training to them, and informs the investing public . In addition, FINRA provides surveillance and other regulatory services for the equity and options markets, as well as transaction 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 education projects that give underserved Americans the knowledge, skills, and tools to make smart financial decisions throughout life. For more information on FINRA Foundation initiatives, visit