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My Piggy Bank


Enamored of her piggy bank, a young "investor" forsakes her other toys and begins saving for a rainy day. Thomas Lewis's charming narration is relayed in stanzaic form for easy read-aloud appeal. Whimsical illustrations from artist Kate Darnell provide the finishing touch.



  • Dewey: E
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 0-4 - Age 6
  • ATOS Reading Level: 3.1
  • ATOS Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 74816
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

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Author: Tom Lewis

Originally from Kalamazoo, Tom lives in Lansing with his wife, Sandi, and their two children, Clayton and Eliza. A stay-at-home dad and a part-time lawyer, Tom always loved to write creatively, and has dabbled in writing poetry and songs since childhood. His interest in writing quickly shifted to children’s stories after the birth of Clayton. Tom was inspired to write My Piggy Bank because of the joy a birth gift piggy bank brought to Clayton.

Illustrator: K. L. Darnell

Artist Kate Darnell has been drawing for as long as she can remember and even after 20 years of doing it, is thrilled each day to be making her living at what she loves most to do—drawing pictures. She earned her BFA studying drawing and painting at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. In addition to her freelance career as an illustrator and calligrapher, she is a part-time instructor of art at Lansing Community College. Her art has been described as "making you want to slow down and look." Her intricate drawings are achieved through many layers of tiny colored pencil marks on vellum paper. She lives in East Lansing with her husband and daughter.