Reading Challenge

With participation in the Reading Makes Cents program, you’ll do so much more than just help K–5 students learn, understand, and apply SOL concepts.


Complete the Reading Makes Cents Reading Challenge and you could win a $529 higher education savings account.

  1. Read five books
    • At least four of the books must be selections from the Reading Makes Cents reading list on the back of this page. You can read them on your own, read with an adult, or listen as an adult reads to you.
  2. Complete the reading log.
  3. Submit it to Virginia529 by Friday, April 12, 2019.
    • Mail to:
      Virginia529 ATTN: Reading Program
      9001 Arboretum Parkway,
      North Chesterfield, VA 23236

Fourteen students will receive an Invest529℠ account with an initial balance of $529. The winners will be announced by May 10, 2019.

Reading Log


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Reading LIst


Clearly, saving money is important – and in a nation of ever–rising higher education costs, saving for your child’s educational future is more necessary than ever before.

  • Alexander, Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday Judith Viorst
  • Apples to Oregon Deborah Hopkins
  • Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade Melissa Sweet
  • Beatrice’s Goat Page McBrier
  • The Berenstain Bears’ Dollars and Sense Jan & Stan Berenstain
  • The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Money Jan & Stan Berenstain
  • Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur Luke Sharpe
  • Blackout John Rocco
  • Brody Borrows Money Lisa Bullard
  • Bunny Money Rosemary Wells
  • Caterina and the Lemonade Stand Erin Eitter Kono
  • Chair for My Mother, A Vera Williams
  • Charlie Jackson’s Guide to Making Money Tommy Greenwald
  • Cleo Edison Oliver: Playground Millionaire Sundee Frazier
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Judi Barrett
  • Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak Kay Winters
  • Crenshaw Katherine Applegate
  • Curious George Saves His Pennies Monica Perez
  • Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave Laban Carrick Hill
  • A Dollar, A Penny, How Much and How Many? Brian Cleary
  • Day of Ahmen’s Secret Florence Parry Heide
  • A Dollar for Penny Julie Glass
  • EIEIO: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm with a Little Help from a Hen Judy Sierra
  • Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington Jabari Asim
  • Follow the Money Loreen Leedy
  • Frankly, Frannie A.J. Stern
  • Front Desk Kelly Yang
  • Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez Kathleen Krull
  • Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller Doreen Rappaport
  • Henry Builds a Cabin D.B. Johnson
  • Henry Hikes to Fitchburg D.B. Johnson
  • Isabel’s Car Wash Sheila Bair
  • Joseph had a Little Overcoat Sims Tabuck
  • Just Saving My Money Mercer Mayer
  • Katy No-Pocket Emily Payne & H.A. Rey
  • Lawn Boy Gary Paulsen
  • Lemonade in Winter: A Book about Two Kids Counting Money Emily Jenkins
  • Lemonade War, The Jacqueline Davies
  • Lucky Beans Becky Birtha
  • Lulu Walks the Dogs Judith Viorst
  • Lunch Money Andrew Clements
  • Mama Panya’s Pancakes Mary Chamberlain
  • Money: A Wealth of Facts Photos, and Fun! Kathy Furgang & Fred Hiebert
  • My Rows and Piles of Coins Tololwa Mollel
  • Olivia Opens a Lemonade Stand Kama Einhorn
  • Once Upon a Dime: A Math Adventure Nancy Kelly Allen
  • One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Difference Katie Smith Milway
  • Payback on Poplar Lane Margaret Mincks
  • The Penny Pot Stuart J. Murphy
  • Peppe the Lamplighter Elisa Bartone
  • Pigs Will be Pigs: Fun with Math and Money Amy Axelrod
  • Potato: A Tale From The Great Depression Kate Lied
  • Rock, Brock and the Savings Sock Sheila Bair
  • Save, Spend, or Donate? A Book about Managing Money Nancy Lowen
  • Saving Strawberry Farm Deborah Hopkinson
  • ¡Si, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A. Diana Cohn
  • So Few of Me Peter Reynolds
  • Something from Nothing Phoebe Gilman
  • Something Special for Me Vera Williams
  • Storm Called Katrina, A Myron Uhlberg
  • Sunday Shopping Sally Derby
  • Tía Isa Wants a Car Meg Medina
  • Tight Times Barbara Shook-Hazen
  • Tortilla Factory Gary Paulsen
  • Uncle Jed’s Barber Shop Margaree Mitchell King
  • What Pet Should I Get? Dr. Seuss
  • Who Was Harriet Tubman Yona Zeldis McDonough
  • Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions Chris Barton
  • Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer Carol Brendler
  • Yard Sale Eve Bunting