Chatting About Economics & Democracy
Through Everyday Scenarios

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The Let's Chat Books series is an illustrated collection of familiar stories introducing basic principles. These books provide a framework for elementary-age children and their parents, grandparents and teachers to discuss important topics and create a foundation for lifelong conversations.

Let's Chat About Economics introduces more than two dozen economic principles through everyday stories including a trip to the grocery store, planning a family vacation and having a yard sale. From an early age, children can learn to use supply and demand and other economic principles when choosing how to spend their time or money. 

Let’s Chat About Democracy is an enthusiastic and patriotic story infused with more than 30 terms for both children and adults beginning with Memorial Day and ending on Independence Day. Develop a deeper appreciation and understanding for our country's democratic government in a treehouse adventure where friends explore monarchy, anarchy, dictatorship and communism only to find that these options lack freedom and choice.

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Meet the Authors and Illustrator

Author of Let's Chat Books Michelle Balconi

Michelle A. Balconi


Michelle Balconi is a writer and speaker focused on creating connections between children and adults through economics, democracy, and immigration. Her Let's Chat Books series with Dr. Arthur Laffer provides a framework for family discussions on important topics through familiar stories to establish lifelong conversations. Before writing, Michelle worked in communications for 15 years alongside technology engineers and investors introducing cutting-edge, first-to-market products. She feels fortunate to have met a variety of interesting people while growing up in Florida, living many years in Massachusetts and Michigan and now in California with her husband and two children. When she is not writing, Michelle loves to travel and chat it up with nearly everyone she meets.

Author of Let's Chat Books Dr. Arthur Laffer

Arthur B. Laffer, Ph.D.


Dr. Arthur B. Laffer is the founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, an economic research firm focusing on interconnecting macroeconomic, political and demographic changes. Dr. Laffer was a member of President Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board (1981 - 1989) and was noted in TIME magazine's 1999 cover story as "One of the Century's Greatest Minds." Dr. Laffer is well known for the Laffer Curve, an illustration of the theory that there exists some tax rate between 0% and 100% that will result in maximum tax revenue for governments. In addition to writing and speaking about economics, Dr. Laffer enjoys spending as much time as possible with his growing family on their farm where they explore nature and raise animals of many types.

Illustrator of Let's Chat Books Mary Cindrich

Mary Cindrich


Mary Cindrich is a children’s book illustrator currently working out of Chicago, Illinois.
Mary is particularly interested in working on children’s books that are imaginative, but help educate and enrich the lives of children who read them. Mary runs her own business desiging fabric for fanciful clothing on the side. When she’s not working, Mary loves to sew, bake, drink tea, and play board games with her husband accompanied by their tiny zoo of small animals.


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Discussing these topics makes the world a little less random and empowers children to make choices that serve their unique purpose.
We hope one of our books leads to a lifetime of chats for your family.

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