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Kevin Henkes


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 - Children's, Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction, Friendship, Youth Fiction

Amelia Albright dreams about going to Florida for spring break like everyone else in her class, but her father has decided Florida is too much adventure. Now Amelia is stuck at home with him and her babysitter, the beloved Mrs. O’Brien. The week ahead promises to be boring, until Amelia meets Casey at her neighborhood art studio. Amelia has never been friends with a boy before, and the experience is both fraught and thrilling. When Casey claims to see the spirit of Amelia’s mother (who died 10 years before), the pair embarks on an altogether different journey in their attempt to find her.

Written by Kevin Henkes with illustrations by Laura Dronzek - Children's 4-8, Nature, Science

The award-winning, bestselling husband-and-wife team of Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek collaborate for the first time since their acclaimed picture book BIRDS. Before spring comes, the trees are dark sticks, the grass is brown and the ground is covered in snow. But if you wait, leaves unfurl and flowers blossom, the grass turns green and the mounds of snow shrink and shrink. Spring brings baby birds, sprouting seeds, rain, mud and puddles. You can feel it and smell it and hear it --- and you can read it!

by Kevin Henkes - Animals , Children's 4-8, Science

This masterful and stylistically original picture book introduces young children to four eggs. One is blue, one is pink, one is yellow, and one is green. Three of the eggs hatch, revealing three baby birds who fly away. But the green egg does not hatch. Why not? When the three birds return to investigate, they’re in for a big surprise! What will happen next? With a compelling mix of comic-like panels, wordless pages and spreads, and a short text featuring word repetition, surprise, and suspense.

by Kevin Henkes - Children's 4-6, Children's 5-8, Crafts & Hobbies


Waiting is a big part of childhood --- waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen --- but in this book, a child sets the stage and pulls the strings. Timeless, beautiful and deeply heartfelt, this picture book about imaginative play, the seasons, friendship and surprises marks a new pinnacle in Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes's extraordinary career.

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

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....

by Kevin Henkes - Adventure, Fiction

One bright spring day a little white rabbit sets out from home on an adventure. What does he find? Look! Everything is new.Anything is possible...