‘Sneak-onomics’ – Teaching economics through children’s literature

A recent Education Week article asks the question ‘can children’s literature be used to teach economics?’ – a concept coined ‘sneak-onomics’ by the Council for Economics Education (in the US). They argue that teachers can foster awareness of economic decision-making by working with students to weigh costs and benefits and raise concepts like trading and bartering through children’s literature. One of the main arguments for ‘sneak-onomics’ is that by combining economics, literacy and problem solving, teachers are able to teach more with less.

Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences have an online resource where you can find children’s literature that can be used to frame a discussion around topics such as allocation and distribution, the economic role of government, incentives, saving and scarcity (to name a few).

I haven’t heard of a lot of the stories listed, although that’s no bad thing, and may be in part due to the fact that they’re mostly American resources. Here’s a few I found with readings on YouTube:

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
My Rows and Piles of Coins by Tololwa M. Mollol

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

Are there any good Australian books with economic themes?


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