Kids Get Rich: Teaching Children the Secrets to Wealth and Success by Gina and George Plytas is a well-written, easy to read handbook for how to effectively manage money. It references some statistics about the typical use of money in Canada, but the information it discusses for achieving financial independence is relevant no matter where readers live. The book has a neat layout and is clearly organized into six simple steps. It covers the basics about budgeting, spending, credit, saving, investing, and giving in a friendly, upbeat way. It even highlights how to be successful and resilient in life. Each section is brief so the main ideas for each topic stand out. A “Quick Recap” checklist appears at the end of each step to help readers track their own growth in the process and to make sure no one overlooks key points. The book also has surprising facts about money and motivating quotes from important people that are interesting to read. It has “Think About It” questions and 25 different activity pages that readers can use to personalize their book with their own thoughts and ideas. These exercises should help readers fully understand the information so they can start working towards their own plans.
Kids Get Rich has great advice for how to best handle personal finances. It’s written for parents and kids ages 12-17, but anyone of any age could benefit from reading this book. It can be read beginning to end for a quick overview, or readers can pick and choose only the sections they need most. The authors included numerous exercises and activities so it also can be a complete educational program. I thought I knew the basics about managing money, but I still learned quite a bit from this book. I like the simple, well laid out format. It presents all of the information as briefly as possible, which makes it easy to read and remember. Unique facts and short quotes spice up each section. So the book’s never overwhelming or boring. The best part of the book is that yes, it’s about money, but it has all sorts of ideas for how to live life well. Overall, this makes it a handy guide to refer back to from time to time.
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