Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 23, 2022

Book Giveaway: A PENNY’S WORTH by Kimberly Wilson

Author Kimberly Wilson has a new picture book titled, A PENNY’S WORTH, illustrated by Mark Hoffmann and published by Page Street Kids. PSK’s has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Candy and Charlie!


Pennies, worthless? Non-cents!

Hot off the minting press, Penny feels like a million bucks. But as other coins and bills are spent while she sits forgotten, she begins to doubt her value. She is too small to slot-surf with Quarter. Even penny candy sells for a dime! Refusing to be short-changed, she sets out to find her purpose at any cost.

Readers will laugh at a wealth of money puns, learn a basic lesson on US currency, and discover that self-worth is truly priceless.


A Penny’s Worth began as a Storystorm idea. During this month-long brainstorming challenge, I looked at the coin jug on my kitchen counter through a different lens. My main character emerged as a plucky penny on a mission to prove she’s cent-sational, despite her face value.

The first draft flew onto the page, but over the next year and a half, I did six major revisions on the manuscript and saved it approximately 200 times! I did a lot of layering while revising––weaving puns throughout, creating each character’s unique personality, sneaking some early money math into the dialogue, and forming the ever-important emotional arc.

Five months after writing the first draft, I attended a SCBWI NJ conference with my manuscript in hand. It was a critique there that led to a R&R with Page Street Kids. During that revision process, I had to answer several challenging questions. The biggest was how to affectively use “worth” as both the face value of money and self-worth. It was important to me that the message be subtle, but clear. I also had to think about how an anthropomorphic inanimate object like a penny could move around from pocket to purse while remaining active in reaching her goal.

I was so lucky to have my amazing critique partners with me every step of the way, cheering me on through frustrations and celebrations. Their fresh eyes and sound advice helped me in countless ways, including encouraging me to continue following the story in my heart.

Approximately a year later, that story had an offer! Working with the wonderful team at Page Street Kids from R&R to final edits has been an extremely collaborative experience––and such a joy! The editorial process challenged me in so many great ways to make A Penny’s Worth the best it could be, and it helped me grow as a writer too.

I also really enjoyed watching the illustration process unfold. From character sketches to final art, Mark Hoffmann took Penny’s story and put it on the page in a way I never could have imagined––just incredible!

Since A Penny’s Worth hit shelves in April, I’ve been overwhelmed by the support from the entire kidlit community, including my friends from SCBWI Carolinas, Kidlit Caravan, and Storm Literary. I was fortunate to have both online and in-person launch events with my local indie bookstore, Park Road Books, and received praise from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and SLJ.  I’ve also had several opportunities to visit elementary schools, interact with young readers, and share the book with them––and it doesn’t get better than that!

I’m extremely excited to continue this journey with the sequel, A DOLLAR’S GRAND DREAM (Page Street Kids, 2023)!


Kimberly Wilson’s prized childhood possessions included a butterfly Trapper Keeper full of her stories, an overflowing bookshelf, and a pocket thesaurus. But it took many years (and a couple careers) before she pursued her dream of writing for children. A lover of puns and wordplay, Kimberly enjoys mixing humor, heart, and educational details into her writing. A PENNY’S WORTH (Page Street Kids), illustrated by Mark Hoffmann, is her debut picture book. The sequel, A DOLLAR’S GRAND DREAM, releases in 2023.

Kimberly lives in North Carolina with her husband, two daughters, and their puppy.

You can find her at and on Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.


Mark Hoffmann is an children’s book author/illustrator, editorial illustrator, and fine artist. He is also a professor at Montserrat College of Art in the illustration department. He has a B.F.A. Illustration rfrom Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. Visual Design, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Here is his Partial Client List:

A. Knopf (Penguin/Random House), Kids Can Press, Cameron + Company, Groundwood Books, Cottage Life, Apple Magazine, At Buffalo, Orca Publishing, Cooking Light, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, Canadian Grocers Market, Square NH Magazine, Nuvo Magazine, Land of Nod, D Magazine, Yankee, Professionally Speaking Magazine, Trust for Public Land, Humber Dialogue, Macalester Today, American Lawyer Magazine, T-Mobile, Avenue Magazine, Odyssey Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Tu Ciudad Magazine, Texas Monthly, Reebok, and many more.

And Awards:

3×3 Illustration 2019 (x3), Joan Betty Stuchner Oy Vey Funniest Children’s Book Award, 3×3 Illustration 2018 (x3), 3×3 Illustration 2017 (x2), 3×3 Illustration 2016 (x2), 3×3 Illustration 2015, Society of Publication Designers 2015, 3×3 Illustration 2014 (x3), Society Of Illustrators West 2012 (x3), Creative Quarterly 27, American Illustration 2008, 3×3 Illustration 2008, 3×3 Illustration 2006

After growing up in Minnesota, I moved to the east coast for college and remained here ever since. I currently live in southern New Hampshire with a lovely wife, a goofy son, two crazy kitties and a lazy dog.

Kimberly, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us.

Talk tomorrow,





  1. Love all the wordplay! A penny for your thoughts 🙂


  2. I absolutely love hearing the journey of a story! This sounds like such a fun book that I asked my library to purchase it.


  3. As someone who picks up pennies, I agree they are worthy! Clever idea.


  4. Loved reading your book journey & look forward to reading Penny’s story.


  5. I’ve been hearing about this book! It looks fantastic. I look forward to reading it. Great work & congrats, Kimberly and Mark!!


  6. Such a unique way to discuss self-worth. Kids are going to have great fun, and probably start collecting pennies too. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    I’ve shared:, and tweeted:
    Thanks again, have a great day!!


  7. Love the puns! Great book, Kimberly! Congrats!

    I tweeted about it:


  8. Puns and word play are so much fun! I can’t wait to read this book. I’m an email subscriber and shared:


  9. Fun idea for a book. Thanks for the post.


  10. I own this book. It’s fabulous! Congrats, Kimberly and Mark!


  11. I just dropped a bunch of pennies on my slice of pizza today…and your book sounds hilarious! I’ll have to read it, over pizza, of course:-)


  12. Love a punny book. This one looks great!


  13. Love the puns and hearing about your journey from idea to publication! Can’t wait to read it!


  14. Pennies, puns, and a money lesson – can’t wait to read this one!


  15. This sounds so adorable! Congrats!


  16. It all makes cents now!


  17. Such fun puns! (Kathy, I subscribe to your blog.)


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