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Kevin Henkes

Biography

Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes is the author of SUN & SPOON, BIRD LAKE MOON, and the Newbery Honor Book OLIVE'S OCEAN. He also writes and illustrates picture books, and among his many titles are the national bestsellers MY GARDEN, OLD BEAR, A GOOD DAY, and KITTEN'S FIRST FULL MOON, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Mr. Henkes is also the creator of a series of books starring mouse characters, including LILLY'S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE, LILLY'S BIG DAY, WEMBERLY WORRIED, CHRYSANTHEMUM, and OWEN, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor. THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER was a 2014 ALA John Newbery Honor Book and PENNY AND HER MARBLE was a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book the same year.

Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Kevin Henkes

Books by Kevin Henkes

by Kevin Henkes - Youth Fiction

Newbery Honor author and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes delivers a short, satisfying, laugh-out-loud-funny school and family story that features a diorama homework assignment, a school poetry slam, cancelled sleepovers and epic sibling temper tantrums. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white art by the author, this is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.

by Kevin Henkes - Children's, Fiction, Picture

In the third easy-to-read book about Penny the mouse, written by Caldecott Medalist and bestselling author Kevin Henkes, Penny finds a beautiful marble on her neighbor's lawn and must decide whether or not to keep it. With age-appropriate vocabulary, compelling characters, and a memorable storyline, this is just right for newly independent readers.

by Kevin Henkes - Literary Fiction

When Penny receives a surprise box in the mail from Gram, she is thrilled. The surprise is a doll, and she is absolutely perfect, from her head to her toes. Penny loves her immediately. She introduces her new doll to Mama and to the babies and to Papa. But then Papa asks what the doll's name is, and Penny realizes that she doesn't know.

written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes - Fiction

Returning to Scallop, the beach cottage where she has always celebrated her birthday, is a special occasion for Alice Rice. Who will see the first dolphin this time? The first pelican? What will have changed? Stayed the same? And will this be the year she finally finds a junonia shell?

by Kevin Henkes - Children's, Fiction

When Penny comes home from school, she is ready to sing her song. But the babies are sleeping, and Mama and Papa are worried that Penny will wake them up. Oh, but it’s a good song, a really wonderful song…and Penny wants more than anything to sing it.

by Kevin Henkes - Children (Ages 6-8)

She was a perfect baby, and she had a perfect name. Chrysanthemum. When she was old enough to appreciate it, Chrysanthemum loved her name. And then she started school. "I'm named after my grandmother," said Victoria. "You're named after a flower." Chrysanthemum wilted. Life at school didn't improve. In fact, it got worse. Then the students were introduced to their music teacher, Mrs. Twinkle. Mrs. Delphinium Twinkle. And suddenly, Chrysanthemum blossomed....