We suggest: Personal finance books for Money Smart Week

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton

Ready to get money smart? Try these titles that help you change bad habits and form good habits in the ways you think, talk, and feel about money, just in time for Money Smart Week (April 10-17).

What is Money Smart Week? Coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, this national education program is designed to “empower people with the knowledge and skills to make better-informed personal financial decisions.” Find free virtual financial events and learn more about Money Smart Week and explore business and investment online resources available with your library card and PIN »

Personal finance books


How a Mother Should Talk About Money With Her Daughter by Aja McClanahan

Why you should try it: While intended for mothers, this is a good book for any woman who thinks financial management should be part of self-care, as McClanahan does.

Description: An author, blogger, and speaker on personal finance and entrepreneurship helps readers broach money topics with their daughters to help them build good financial habits and empower them to make the world a better place with their financial resources.

Stream & download with: Hoopla (ebook)

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Know Yourself, Know Your Money by Rachel Cruze

Why you should try it: Ever wonder why it seems like you continually make the same mistakes with money? Rachel Cruze might be able to provide some insight.

Description: The father-and-daughter personal finance experts behind the best-selling Smart Money Smart Kids counsel readers on how to understand one’s individual strengths and vulnerabilities to establish a healthy relationship with money and set more productive financial goals.

Stream & download with: Media on Demand/Libby (ebook)

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Happy Money by Ken Honda

Why you should try it: If you need to get your emotions about money in check, try Happy Money—which is money earned, spent, and given with kindness and compassion.

Description: Japan’s best-selling personal development guru provides readers with tools to achieve peace of mind in their relationships with money, including treating money as a welcome guest, unpacking the myth of scarcity, and embracing giving money, not just receiving it.

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The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel

Why you should try it: Because people’s personal stories can be a great way to learn and relate.

Description: Doing well with money isn’t necessarily about what you know. It’s about how you behave. In The Psychology of Money, award-winning author Morgan Housel shares 19 short stories exploring the strange ways people think about money and teaches you how to make better sense of one of life’s most important topics.

Stream & download with: Hoopla (ebook)

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Happy Go Money by Melissa Leong

Why you should try it: Melissa Leong is like the Gretchen Rubin for personal finance. 

Description: Leong combs through happiness psychology to explain how to get the most delight from each dollar, challenging readers to reevaluate their relationship with money so that they can live happier lives.

Stream & download with: Hoopla (ebook, digital audiobook)

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Broke Millennial Talks Money by Erin Lowry

Why you should try it: Talking about money is hard and stressful. Get tips and tricks from Erin Lowry.

Description: The author of the Broke Millennial series shares user-friendly advice for a range of personal-finance scenarios, from salary negotiation and prenups to helping aging parents and telling friends you cannot afford their lifestyle.

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Librarian Kathy Sexton

About Kathy

Kathy is a Collection Management Librarian who loves reading, sharing, and talking about books. Her missions in life are to: create communities of readers, convince folks that her official title should be “Book Pusher,” and refute that “disco” is a dirty word.

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