Helping children make sense of the Rands and cents
These books make difficult concepts understandable for little ones in a fun and light manner. (iStock)

Understanding financial matters and how money works is an important life skill that many South African adults don’t possess. It’s so great to see local children’s books equipping children to deal with money matters from a young age. Understanding how to budget, save and invest is empowering as it helps children learn how wealth is created. Storytelling is a powerful format when used in this manner.

‘Mrs Spiggles and her Money Tales.

Taylor’s Birthday Surprise’ deals with this exact topic. Written by financial planning specialist and mom Jean Archary, the central character in the story ‘Mrs Spiggles’ is a flying piggy bank. It’s a delighful picture book that also includes questions to reinforce key money lessons.

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Gugu Sidaki – an experienced wealth manager and mom, has also recently released a beautifully illustrated series of books called ‘My 3 piggies’. The series follows a little girl named Nala and the three books are aptly titled

‘Nala and the Save Piggy Bank’, ‘Nala and the Invest Piggy Bank’and ‘Nala and the Share Piggy Bank’.

These books make difficult concepts understandable for little ones in a fun and light manner. Gugu is passionate about helping children gain financial literacy as this is closely tied with financial, and overall well-being. Imparting financial education to children is the type of long-term investment that is bound to have fantastic returns. These are books that would be a valuable addition to any home library.

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