50 Personal Finance Books Recommended For Adults & Elementary Aged Children

I was inspired by a new podcast this weekend, “So Money with Farnoosh Torabi,” and it led me down a rabbit hole of Tim Ferriss’s YouTube videos, blog posts, and podcast episodes. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that, before yesterday, I hadn’t actually heard of him.

This post will be brief because I’m just gathering resources for now, but I’ll take a much, much deeper dive later on once I’ve made time to really read and evaluate them.

If, like me, you’re just getting started on your personal finance journey, these recommendations may or may not be new.

If you know of others that have changed your mind on spending, saving, and investing, I’d love to hear them.

More to come!

Please note that if you use these links to purchase any of the following books, I may earn a small commission for the sale, at no extra cost to you.

Personal Finance Books Recommended for Adults

#1- The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

#2- The Investment Answer by Daniel Goldie and Gordon Murray

#3- I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

#4- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

#5- The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan To Live and Finish Rich by David Bach

#6- You’re So Money: Live Rich, Even When You’re Not by Farnoosh Torabi

#7- Debt-Free by 30: Practical Advice for the Young, Broke, and Upwardly Mobile by Jason Anthony and Karl Cluck

#8- The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke by Suze Orman

#9- The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways To Stop Doing Dumb Things With Money by Carl Richards

#10- The Psychology of Investing by John R. Nofsinger

#11- Generation Debt: Take Control of Your Money by Carmen Wong Ulrich

#12- The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason

#13- Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

#14- The Millionaire FastLane: Crack the Code to Wealth & Live Rich for a Lifetime! By M.J. DeMarco

#15- Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps To Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez with Monique Tilford

#16- The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles


#17- Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

#18- Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker

#19- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

#20- Personal Finance for Dummies by Eric Tyson

#21- The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have To Be Complicated by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack

#22- The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way To Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns by John C. Bogle

#23- The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias

#24- The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money by Ron Lieber

#25- Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton

#26- The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

#27- Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By by Cary Siegel

#28- The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins

#29- The Charles Schwab Guide to Finances After Fifty: Answers to Your Most Important Money Questions by Carrie Schwab Pomerantz

#30- Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis

#31- Make Your Kid a Money Genius by Beth Kobliner

Personal Finance Books Recommended for Elementary Children

#32- How the Moonjar Was Made by Eulalie Scandiuzzi

#33- Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money by Emily Jenkins

#34- The Go-Around Dollar by Barbara Johnston Adams

#35- A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

#36- Neale S. Godfrey’s Ultimate Kids’ Money Book by Neal S. Godfrey

#37- Pretty Penny Cleans Up by Devon Kinch

#38- Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst

#39- The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

#40- Bunny Money by Rosemary Wells

#41- If You Made a Million by David M. Schwartz

#42- One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent by Bonnie Worth

#43- Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

#44- Two of Everything by Lily Toy Hong

#45- You Can’t Buy a Dinosaur With a Dime by Harriet Ziefert

#46- Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

#47- Annie’s Adventures by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

#48- The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

#49- Rock, Brock, and the Savings Shock by Shelia Bair

#50- How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz

For additional resources for children, please go here.

What are your favorite personal finance books?

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