Great Finance Books For All Ages

J.D. at GetRichSlowly was asked by a reader for suggestions on good presonal finance books to give as a gift this year. He points out that giving such a gift is a sensitive matter, since it can be received poorly if the recipient isn’t in the right frame of mind. On the other hand, he writes, “It was because a friend gave me a copy of Your Money or Your Life that I finally turned my finances around.” Here are his suggestions for books geared toward children, teenagers, young adults, and “old folks.”

Young Children

  • It’s a Habit, Sammy Rabbit!
  • Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday
  • The Money Savvy Pig (not a book, but highly recommended)


  • Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for Kids
  • The Totally Awesome Money Book for Kids
  • What Color is Your Piggy Bank? Entrepreneurial Ideas for Self-Starting Kids


  • The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens: 8 Steps to Having More Money Than Your Parents Ever Dreamed Of
  • Street Wise: A Guide for Teen Investors
  • Cash Cache

Young Adults

  • Debt is Slavery (his favorite)
  • The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke
  • Saving for Retirement without Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery
  • Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties
  • You, Inc. – The Art of Selling Yourself

Old Folks

  • Your Money or Your Life
  • The Total Money Makeover
  • The Complete Tightwad Gazette
  • The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing

If you want to thank J.D. for these suggestions, visit his site and click on the titles from there so that he’ll get the referral fee. (No, we don’t know J.D.—we’re just trying to be all Christmas sprit-y.)

“Ask the Readers: Personal Finance Books as Gifts?” [GetRichSlowly]

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