Help your child make sense of rands and cents with these fun books

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These books make difficult concepts understandable for little ones in a fun and light manner.
These books make difficult concepts understandable for little ones in a fun and light manner.

Local online bookstore Ethnikids was founded by five moms set on empowering African children by making diverse reading materials easily accessible. Here, one of the founding members, Khumo Tapfumaneyi, shares her excitement for local books teaching children about financial matters in fun and age-appropriate ways. 


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

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Taylor’s Birthday Surprise is the first instalment of the Mrs Spiggles and her Money Tales and 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.

A delightful picture book that also includes questions to reinforce key money lessons.


Must read: Reading to your kids could result in a lifetime earnings increase of R2m

The My 3 Piggies book series 

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Gugu Sidaki is not only an experienced wealth manager and mom, but also the author of 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. 

book cover supplied by Ethnikids book cover supplied by Ethnikids

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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