Megan and the Money Tree: A finance book for your kids

Megan and the Money Tree: A finance book for your kids

Emma Kennedy personal finance correspondent with the Sunday Business Post (and is a good friend of Thrifty Pages!) Emma has a degree in Economics & Finance from University College Dublin and a masters in Journalism from Dublin City University. She is also a qualified financial adviser.

Emma has just written a children’s book called Megan and the Money Tree,  published by Blackhall Publishing. The book introduces children to money and finance, using an easy to follow story, questions and fun activities.

Emma took some time out from to talk to us at Thrifty Towers.

Tell us about your book – how did you get the idea of a finance book for children?

I write about personal finance every week for the SBP, and have been doing so since 2007. It has been a period of huge change, meaning many Irish families now face a very different reality than they did a few years ago. Many parents probably find themselves saying “No – we can’t afford it” to their children, so I thought a book to teach children about finance and money would be timely and relevant in the current climate.

The book is a gentle introduction to financial concepts, and is not designed to worry children or make them panic about paying the bills. Instead it aims to get them thinking about money matters and develop a sense of financial responsibility that will hopefully stand to them in later years.

It is in two parts – the first tells the story of Megan and her family. When a storm knocks down their apple tree and destroys their income source, Megan has to come up with a plan to fix things. The second part is a chapter by chapter resource guide, which helps parents and teachers to explain the financial messages in the story to their children and students.

Do you think that Irish children need a financial education, that perhaps our current problems stem from a lack of personal finance in schools?

I think it would be overly simplistic to say our problems stem from a lack of financial education. That said, I think a better understanding of money, financial products and so on is something that we all need. And maybe, as part of learning from our current financial mistakes, we should look to educating future generations.

How have children (and their parents) reacted to your book?

So far people have been very positive. The book recognises that children learn in different ways and so uses a range of activities and games to explore the financial concepts in a fun manner. Also I didn’t want parents to have to fork out for expensive toys or props. Each of the activities in the book can be done using everyday households items. So the only resources required are time and imagination, not money!

How can people get more details?

The book should be available, or available to order, in book shops now.

You can also purchase it online at:

http://www.blackhallpublishing.com/index.php/special-category/megan-and-the-money-tree.html
http://www.eason.ie/books/9781842182192


13 Responsesto “Megan and the Money Tree: A finance book for your kids”

  1. Great idea. It is never too early to learn about money, bugeting and paying bills. I will buy a copy for my kids.

    • Thrifty says:

      Agreed Eamonn – learning about managing money might be good for kids growing up in a country that is almost bankrupt.

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