Reading Challenge

With participation in the Reading Makes Cents program, you’ll do so much more than just help K–8 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, May 3, 2024.
    • 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 June 7, 2024.

Reading Log


Students can visit to read 30+ titles from the Financial Literacy list. Or, you can always choose 5 of your own books from your home library.

* = required

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
  • Arthur’s Pet Business Marc Brown
  • Beatrice’s Goat Page McBrier
  • Benny’s Pennies Pat Brisson
  • Berenstain Bears Dollars and Sens, The Stan & Jan Berenstain
  • Betty Bunny Wants Everything Michael B. Kaplan
  • Big Dark, The W.R. Philbrick
  • Bike Like Sergio’s, A Maribeth Bolts
  • Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur Luke Sharpe
  • Blackout John Rocco
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind William Kamkwamba
  • Bunny Money Rosemary Wells
  • Caterina and the Lemonade Stand Erin Eitter Kono
  • Chirp Kate Messner
  • Chair for My Mother, A Vera Williams
  • Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire Sundee T. Frazier
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Judi Barrett
  • Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak Kay Winters
  • The Crayon Man Natascha Biebow
  • Crenshaw Katherine Applegate
  • Curious George Saves His Pennies H.A. Rey
  • Dreamers Yuyi Morales
  • Ella Earns Her Own Money Lisa Bullard
  • Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington Jabari Asim
  • Front Desk Kelly Yang
  • Full of Beans Jennifer L. Holm
  • Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez Kathleen Krull
  • Have a Good Day Café, The Frances & Ginger Park
  • Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller Doreen Rappaport
  • Henry Hikes to Fitchburg D.B. Johnson
  • Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Isabel’s Car Wash Sheila Bair
  • John Deere, That’s Who Tracy Nelson Maurer
  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Simms Taback
  • Just Saving My Money Mercer Mayer
  • 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
  • Lunch Money Andrew Clements
  • Mama Panya’s Pancakes Mary Chamberlain
  • Max’s Bunny Business Rosemary Wells
  • Miss Fox's Class Earns a Field Trip Eileen Spinelli
  • Money: Let’s Do Math Sara Pistoia
  • My Rows and Piles of Coins Tololwa Mollel
  • Oldest Student, The Rita Lorraine Hubbard
  • One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Difference Katie Smith Milway
  • The Penny Pot Stuart J. Murphy
  • 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
  • So Few of Me Peter Reynolds
  • Something Special for Me Vera Williams
  • Spend It! Cinder McLeod
  • Stef Soto: Taco Queen Jennifer Torres
  • Storm Called Katrina, A Myron Uhlberg
  • Tía Isa Wants a Car Meg Medina
  • Tight Times Barbara Shook-Hazen
  • Toothpaste Millionaire, The Jean Merrill
  • Tortilla Factory Gary Paulsen
  • Uncle Jed’s Barber Shop Margaree Mitchell King
  • We’re Sailing Down the Nile Laura Krebs
  • What Pet Should I Get? Dr. Seuss
  • Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions Chris Barton
  • Yard Sale Eve Bunting