Thursday, May 6, 2021

Pennies from Heaven by Koedi Nealy - Book Tour + Giveaway

Join us for this tour from April 26 to May 14, 2021!

Book Details:

Book TitlePennies from Heaven
Author:  Koedi Nealy
CategoryChildren's Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7), 27 pages
Genre:  children's picture book
Publisher:  Halo Publishing International
Release date: Nov 29, 2020
Content Rating:  G.

Book Description:

Based on the true-life events that led Koedi Nealy to start changing lives one penny at a time at the age of seven, "Pennies from Heaven" teaches children that they are never too young to do great things for God. Koedi's journey culminated in forming a non-profit that currently serves the homeless population in Houston, Texas, helping the most overlooked and undervalued people in the community.

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Author Interview
Q: Tell me about noticing pennies on the ground. Give examples of when and where, would you pick them up?

A: I began to notice pennies left on the ground and I noticed how people would often step over them. I remember when I would try to pick them up, my mom would say, “let me get it, it is dirty and full of germs.” I also noticed how my grandparents would separate the pennies from their silver coins. They often took the silver coins to the bank to exchange them for dollars, but never the pennies. I never understood why stores would have containers at the register with pennies to either leave for others or to use if you needed one. Why didn’t people want pennies? One cent was a lot to me! One day I remember a friend of my mom’s cleaning out trash from her car cup holder and she threw her pennies away. “They aren’t worth much” is what she said. I remember feeling confused and even angry because I would have loved to have those pennies. In second grade, I began asking my friends to collect pennies for me. Classmates, teachers, and even my principal began to bring me baggies, jars, and containers full of pennies and I soon became known as the “penny girl.”

Q: What are some of your active projects that serve the homeless?

A: We created an Ambassadors Program and they are the ones who roll pennies and help me create Graced Packs and run events. We put many things in the Graced Packs such as water, snacks, toiletries, etc. I love this program as it gives everyone an opportunity to serve no matter their comfort zone—whether that’s writing notes and preparing bags or going out on the streets with me to connect with our homeless friends. One of my fourth-grade ambassadors came to me excited with his calling to serve in a different way. He’s starting Blankets over Houston where he is collecting blankets to give to people and organizations who could really benefit from them. One good deed leads to another. I love that!

Q: What makes your non-profit unique?

A: Something I love about Graced Ministry that I believe is different from other non-profits is that we are intentional with the relationships we build. Life change doesn’t take place without trust, and trust takes time. The people who work with Graced Ministry are focused on making others feel heard, loved, and cared for and that is our goal at the end of the day.

Q: What kind of responses to you get from the homeless people you serve?
. I’ll never forget the day when a 46-year-old man named Dave shared his story with me.  Tears were streaming down his face as he told me he really wanted to live a safer life off the streets.  This was the first time one of my Graced Packs led to a deep conversation.  Thankfully, one of our partner organizations was able to provide housing help for him.

 Meet the Author: 

A native of Houston, Texas, Koedi Nealy is a senior at Cypress Christian School. She received her local minister’s license at the age of sixteen and is an active member of her school and community, holding leadership roles in various sports, drama, praise and worship groups, Thespian Society, and National Honor Society. She is the founder and president of Graced Ministry. She has not let dyslexia define or deter her as she advocates for others with learning differences through the NILD programing year.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~ Facebook ~ Instagram
Tour Schedule:

April 26 – Working Mommy Journal - book spotlight / giveaway
April 26 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
April 26 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 27 – She Just Loves Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 27 - A Mama's Corner of the World - book spotlight / giveaway
April 28 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
April 29 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway
April 29 - Bookish Trisha - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 30 – Character Madness and Musings - book spotlight /giveaway
May 3 – Books for Books – book spotlight
May 4 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 5 – Reading is My Passion – book spotlight
May 5 - Pick a Good Book - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 6 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 7 –Deborah-Zenha Adams - book spotlight / giveaway
May 10 – jayme_reads – book spotlight / giveaway
May 10 - Westveil Publishing - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 11 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 12 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
May 12 - Laura's Interests - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
May 14 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

Koedi Nealy's PENNIES FROM HEAVEN Book Tour Giveaway



1 comment:

  1. This looks so cute! I think my babies would love this!


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