“Books help parents and teachers start the conversation,” says Francie Alexander, senior vice president and chief academic officer of Scholastic Inc. She says talking about money is especially important now, with more children experiencing poverty, hunger and homelessness because of the economy. “You have the opportunity to say, ‘You’re not entirely alone, other children experience these things, and they find ways of coping and ways of being resilient,” she says. It’s an important conversation even for children of families who aren’t struggling economically, she says, because they can learn to be more empathetic toward their classmates.
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