“The Little Copper Penny” is the authorial debut of longtime Celina resident Stephenie Barker. Accompanied by illustrations brought to life by Cynthia Meadows, The Little Copper Penny promotes the concept of self-confidence and the importance of knowing your worth.
As young newlyweds, Barker and her husband didn’t fully realize the importance of financial planning and saving money. As their family quickly grew, however, so did their understanding of fiscal responsibility. As a result, they made it a goal to teach their kids early about how to plan and save and appreciate the value of money.
“Stephenie’s passion for the penny is irresistible. She perfectly pairs an educational lesson about counting and saving money with a message about the value of self-worth, reinforcing key principles that will benefit young readers into adulthood,” said Milli Brown, founder and CEO of Brown Books Publishing Group.
The Little Copper Penny not only teaches kids the basics of making change and the monetary value of quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies but also demonstrates the important opportunity parents (and grandparents) have to instill confidence and self-worth in their children. It’s a heartwarming reminder, for children and adults alike, that everyone has value and a place in this world.
Barker is an advocate for respecting money down to its lowest form – the penny, her favorite coin. Because they are so often cast aside, she makes it a point to pick up every penny she sees and is committed to teaching children to value each and every coin – and person – with respect, no matter how insignificant they may seem.
“The story of The Little Copper Penny has been waiting to be told for a long time,” Barker said. “And I am so excited to share it because children are never too young to appreciate the value of money and recognize the value within themselves.”