Teaching Economics with Children’s Literature: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie


If you give a mouse a cookie, written by Laura Joffe Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond, is a cute story about a little mouse whose wants and needs change as he performs various tasks throughout the day. The author takes the reader on a circular path beginning with “if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk…” and ending with, “chances are if he asks for a glass of milk, he’s going to want a cookie to go with it.”

Curriculum Connections
This book would be great for introducing the economic concepts of wants, needs, goods, and services. Students may identify different examples of these concepts within the story as well as in their everyday lives. It can also be used for the literary concepts of cause and effect, sequencing, and recall.

Additional Resources

  • Bake cookies! Create a poll as to what kinds of cookies the children prefer. Graph the responses for the children to see.

  • Literacy Activity: Story Sequencing

  • Interactive Activity: Learn numbers with mouse, letters with pig, and shapes with moose!

  • Cross curricular lesson plan-Economics and Language Arts: Introduce the concept of wants and needs while also covering cause and effect, sequencing, and predictions.

Book: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
Author: Laura Joffe Numeroff
Illustrator: Felicia Bond
Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 1 edition
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 40
Grade Range: K-2
ISBN: 0060245867