Educator Teaches Kids How to Count Money and Make Change in Latest Children’s Book

Cover of the Money Book with cute animal illustrations

Educator Teaches Kids How to Count Money and Make Change in Latest Children’s Book

In ‘The Money Book,’ Anita VanBrackle, Ed.D., shares a fun, illustrated story about a group of animals who discover strange coins and learn how to use them to buy things they need


Seasoned educator Anita VanBrackle, Ed.D., has published a colorfully illustrated children’s book that invites kids to follow along as a community of critters discovers currency and learns how to count and spend it.

In “The Money Book: How Animals Learn to Count Money,” a collective of forest animals, who have largely subsisted on bartering and sharing to fill their community’s needs, find round copper- and silver-colored shapes near their home. Initially, they are unsure of what the mysterious objects could be, but one of their denizens, an owl named Sir Oliver, recognizes them instantly as coins used by humans to buy things.

While sorting the shapes into first different colors and then different sizes, the excited animals learn the value of each round metal coin – from shiny copper pennies to gleaming 50-cent pieces. After working together to add up their discovered money, the forest creatures transport the coins to an old country store, where they treat themselves to a feast of delicious fruits, vegetables, and meats.

With the help of these friendly wild animals, young readers will be swept up on an entertaining and educational adventure as they grow their confidence in and understanding of counting coins and making purchases.

“As a teacher, I have always felt that it was my responsibility to find a way to help children understand,” Dr. VanBrackle said. “If one presentation of information didn’t work, then I knew it was time to try something different. I began writing books to that end – providing an alternative way for kids to conquer challenging concepts. You cannot force, punish, or bribe a child to learn. My job is to set up an environment that enables a child to explore, make connections, and in turn build a foundation for permanent understanding.”

“The Money Book” emphasizes that learning is an evolving process and that there is always room for kids to learn more. Dr. VanBrackle encourages parents and teachers to celebrate when their children know or learn something new and step in to help kids when they do not know something or struggle to retain it. Ultimately, Dr. VanBrackle’s book allows children to learn about money, its uses, and its values in a non-threating and joyous way.

“The Money Book: How Animals Learn to Count Money”
By Anita VanBrackle, Ed.D.
ISBN: 978-1-6657-0396-3 (hc)
ISBN: 978-1-6657-0395-6 (sc)
ISBN: 978-1-6657-0394-9 (e)
Available through Archway PublishingBarnes & Noble, and Amazon

About the author
Anita VanBrackle, Ed.D., has been an educator for more than four decades and has taught elementary, special education, undergraduate, and graduate students. Dr. VanBrackle earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Radford University. She went on to earn her master’s in curriculum and instruction and learning disabilities as well as her doctorate in curriculum and instruction. Dr. VanBrackle’s continued passion is to make learning joyful and meaningful for students of all ages, and she enjoys seeking out alternative learning methodologies to help different types of learners absorb information effectively. She is also the author of “The Time Race: How the Animals Learned to Tell Time” – a children’s book that twines literature and math to teach kids how to read an analog clock. Dr. VanBrackle currently resides in Dallas, Ga.

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