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Christine Davenier


Christine Davenier

As a young girl growing up in Tours, France, Christine Davenier loved listening to her older sister read fairy tales aloud.  But she frequently found herself wondering, What does the princess’s beautiful dress look like?  or How exquisite are her jewels?  Christine was left to her own imagination, for the books had few illustrations.  So it comes as little surprise that today, Christine embraces her career as an illustrator.  “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to create the illustrations I dreamed about seeing as a child,” she says. 

When Christine was fourteen, she received her first box of watercolor paints, a gift from her grandmother.  That was the beginning of many afternoons spent painting together in her grandmother’s garden.  “My grandmother was an extraordinary woman,” Christine says.  “Even though she worked in an office all her life, she was an artist through and through.  She shared everything she knew about color --- in painting and in life.  Her wisdom and talent still inspire me today.” 

She has illustrated many picture books, including SALLY JEAN, THE BICYCLE QUEEN by Cari Best. She lives in Paris, France.

Christine Davenier

Books by Christine Davenier

Written by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton with illustrations by Christine Davenier - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Holiday

It's Gratitude Day at school! Gerry is ready to be grateful and kind all day long. She's excited to give her best compliments, she's donated a beautiful painting to her class's art gallery, and she even has the perfect jar contribution ready for the food drive. But when disaster strikes, it's tough to stay grateful --- even on Gratitude Day! Can Gerry prove that a fairy princess always has the right attitude of gratitude?

Written by Karlin Gray with illustrations by Christine Davenier - Children's, Children's 7-9, Picture

Nadia Comaneci was a feisty and fearless little girl who went from climbing trees in the forests of Romania to swinging into history at the 1976 Olympic Games, where she received an unprecedented seven perfect scores in gymnastics. But as readers will see in this first-ever illustrated picture book about Nadia’s journey to Olympic gold, the road from small-town girl to world-class athlete was full of many imperfect moments. 

written by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, illustrated by Christine Davenier - Children's, Picture

The end of the school year is here, and Very Fairy Princess Gerry is getting ready to graduate! She always loves a celebration, but can't help but feel a little sad as she empties her cubby, takes down her art projects, and says goodbye to her class pet, Houdini the hamster. She's also a little nervous about leaving Miss Pym... what if her new teacher doesn't let Gerry wear her wings and crown? Change can be hard, even for a fairy princess! Thankfully, she realizes that new things can bring their own sparkle.


Written by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, Illustrated by Christine Davenier - Children's, Fiction, Holiday

Geraldine is getting ready for Christmas, and when her mom suggests exchanging homemade gifts this year, she is more than thrilled to work in her Very Fairy Princess Workshop crafting the perfect presents for everyone!