Cost of living reading suggestions for children

We have put together a list of titles to help with everyday living during rising costs. These books cover a range of themes including titles to help children with money skills and stories that touch on current issues. There are also titles on cookery and crafts that contain suggestions for low cost activities and help children learn basic skills.

Book promotions are taking place at selected libraries to make it easy to borrow books to help.

How to borrow cost of living titles from the library

All items can be requested from the Barnet Libraries catalogue via our Select and Collect service. You will need your library card number and PIN to do this, and you can collect your chosen books at your local library. The links will take you to the titles so you can make your requests.


Jane Bingham and Holly Bathie Usborne managing your money

Lara Bryan and Rose Hall Business for beginners

Lara Bryan and Andy Prentice Economics for beginners

Alvin Hall All about money

Laurence Hayes and Rachel Provest Max your money: earn it, grow it, use it!

Ben Hubbard Making money

Ben Hubbard Saving money

Ben Hubbard Spending money

Ben Hubbard What is money?

Jan Miles-Kingston Economics made easy

Eddie Reynolds, Matthew Oldham, and Lara Bryan Money for beginners

Louise Spilsbury Making money…and keeping it!

Louise Spilsbury and Hanane Kai Poverty and hunger


James Alexander Sustainable living


David Atherton My first cook book

David Atherton My first green cook book

Helen Burgess Collins You Can Cook tasty food

Deirdre Doyle Chop, cook, yum!: recipes from the Cool Food School

Kids can bake: recipes for budding bakers

Omari McQueen Vegan family cookbook: delicious, easy recipes from around the world

Abigail Wheatley Poppy and Sam’s baking book


Jane Bull My sewing machine book: a step-by-step beginner’s guide

Collins You Can Upcycle and craft

Learn to sew: 35 easy and fun things to sew and embroider

Marcy Morin and Heidi Thompson Create with cardboard

Marcy Morin and Heidi Thompson Upcycled plastic projects

My big book of sewing: over 60 fantastic projects to stitch and sew

My first knitting book: 35 easy and fun knitting projects for children

Louise Nelson Cardboard (Eco Activities)

Louise Nelson Clothing (Eco Activities)

Louise Nelson Metal (Eco Activities)

Louise Nelson Plastic (Eco Activities)

Sara Stanford I am not a toilet roll: incredible things to make with toilet rolls!

Sara Stanford I am not an old sock: awesome things to make with socks!

Sara Stanford Junk modelling

Rita Storey The outdoor art room. Spring

Rita Storey The outdoor art room. Summer

Recycle and remake: creative projects for eco kids


Alys Fowler Grow, forage and make

Dawn Isaac Gardening for kids: 35 nature activities to sow, grow, and make

RHS Let’s get gardening


Megan Anderson Slow fashion (Board book)

Duncan Beedie The last chip: the story of a very hungry pigeon (Picture book)

Matt de la Peña Last stop on market street (Picture book)

Rose Hall Look inside what we throw away (Board book)

Kate Milner It’s a no money day (Picture book)

Tom Percival The invisible (Picture book)

Onjali Q Raúf The great food bank heist (Older reader)

Jacqueline Wilson The bed and breakfast star (Older reader)