Financial Literacy Preparation: Books

Many times in my professional life I am asked what books I would recommend for someone to read (whether they’re not a HS student or whatever the case may be). I always recommend a few different books for them to start with and grow their financial knowledge. I listened to a TEDTalk one time where a woman said that our young people have access to more information than ever before at any point in history, but don’t know how to use or apply that information, especially when it comes to money. Below are the books that I always recommend:

  • Dave Ramsey- “Total Money Makeover”
  • Robert Kiyosaki- “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”
  • Ramit Sethi- “I Will Teach You To Be Rich”
  • Michael W. Siza- “The Early Investor”
  • Cary Siegel- “Why Didn’t They Teach Me This In School”
  • Art Rainer- “The Money Challenge For Teens”
  • Timothy Olsen- “The Teenage Investor”

As an aside, during our time here at Ashtabula Edgewood High School and within our football program, as our seniors exited the program we would supply all of them (who most happened to have taken our Financial Literacy class) with a copy of Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover, for reference later on in life. There are many good books on this topic not included in this list, but these are the ones that I am the most familiar with.


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