ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Devon Kinch is a designer, artist, and illustrator who struck upon the idea for Pretty Penny while successfully repairing her own relationship with money. The Pretty Penny series became her thesis work at the Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts. It is Devon's belief that young children can avoid financial trouble by learning how to establish a healthy relationship with money at an early age through fun, creative storytelling.

 

Born and raised in Ramsey, New Jersey, Devon studied painting and art history as an undergraduate and earned her Master's Degree in Design from the School of Visual Arts in 2009. She lives and works in the Hudson Valley.

 

FROM THE PUBLISHER

 

Pretty Penny has lots of big ideas. For instance, she wants to throw a birthday party for her grandmother, Bunny, but there is only one problem—she doesn't have any money! What's a creative, industrious girl to do? When Penny notices that Bunny's attic is cluttered with old things that still have value, Penny has an idea—create a "Small Mall!" Penny will have to clean up and set up shop in the attic to sell the old items to earn the money for Bunny's surprise celebration. Author/illustrator Devon Kinch has created a charming, stylish character with a signature look, just like such classic children's book characters as Madeline, Eloise, Pippi Longstocking, and Olivia—Penny is never without her fuschia purse! With Pretty Penny's help, kids can get money savvy!

 

SELECTED PRESS

 

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Too Young for Finance? Think Again
April 15, 2011  | Ron Lieber

 

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Sensible Spending No Matter Your Age

January 8,  2011  | Paul B. Brown

 

BLOOMBERG RADIO

The Hayes Advantage
April 15, 2011t | Kathleen Hays

 

DAYBREAK USA

Interview with Devon Kinch

January 6, 2011 

 

FOX NEWS

Fox News | Detroit

January 6, 2011 

 

USA TODAY

First Monday | Michelle Archer

December 5, 2010

 

ABC NEWS

ABC NEWS Charleston

January 17, 2011 
 

CBS MONEYWATCH

Stacey Bradford Money Watch

 

THE NATE BERKUS SHOW

Simple Ways to Teach Kids About Money

May 3, 2011

 

PARENTING MAGAZINE

Mid Ohio Valley Parent Magazine

 

THE CALGARY HERALD

Children's Book Review

March 20, 2011

 

HUDSON VALLEY MAGAZINE

For the Kids | January 2012

 

SELECTED PRINT & PUBLICATIONS

 

MONUMENTAL
The Reimagined World of Kevin O’Callaghan
Hussey, 2010

 

PRINT MAGAZINE

10 Essentials Every Design Student Should Know

Heller, 2009

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN: A User’s Manual

Shaughnessy, 2009

 

DESIGN SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL:

Extraordinary Class Projects

Heller & Talarico, 2009

 

SELECTED LECTURES, EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS

 

BERGEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Keynote Speaker, Women’s History Month, 2010


SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS

Designer As Author Program

Guest Speaker, 2009


SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS

Interaction Design Department,

Guest Speaker, 2009

 

NATIONAL PARENTING PUBLICATION

2010 Honors Award

 Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop

 

THE VISUAL ARTS GALLERY

Disconnected Exhibition

curated by Kevin O’Callaghan,

New York, NY 2008


TORINO INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR

Exhibitor, Torino, Italy 2008
 

ART DIRECTORS CLUB

,3D, curated by Kevin O’Callaghan,

New York, NY 2007

 

EDUCATION

 

THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS
New York, NY

MFA, Design 2010

 

THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS

New York, NY

2000 BFA, Painting

 

MOORE COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN

Philadelpia, PA

Painting 1997-1998