There is no shortage of books that aim to teach kids about money, and many personal finance titles for adults have religious underpinnings. Christian publisher Sparkhouse Family is betting on marrying these segments with a new children’s series called Generous Kids that combines money lessons with moral teachings. It will be launched in August 2018.
The first three titles—Mine!, It is not fair!, and The wrong shoes, all written by Caryn Rivadeneira, whose books include 2014 Broken—cover topics appropriate for children ages two to eight. Andrew DeYoung, director of product development at Sparkhouse and publisher of the series, explains that each book offers two elements: a financial lesson, such as budgeting and saving, and a more in-depth philosophical and emotional discussion about money. , how sharing creates community and the ways money can be used to make the world a better place.
The books deliver their spiritual content with a “light touch,” DeYoung says. “The themes are based on who we are as a Christian publisher, but we believe they have value for a wide variety of people.” Each book includes a URL that directs readers to more explicitly religious online content, such as related Bible verses, and the publisher has also produced a Sunday School course centered around the books.
To create the series, Sparkhouse Family partnered with Brightpeak Financial, a division of faith-based investment firm Thrivent Financial. Brightpeak serves as a content expert for co-branded books, advising the publisher on what children are able to understand about money and generosity at different ages, for example.
DeYoung differentiates the series from other children’s financial books, which tend to focus on saving and spending. “The skill that is presented is usually math,” he says. “We hope that whether someone comes to us through the general market or through the church or Christian trade market, they will see tough money skills, but also a deeper approach that is about security, security, contentment, self-worth and generosity.
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A version of this article originally appeared in the 4/12/2017 issue of Weekly editors under the title: Teaching financial skills with a message