Kevin Henkes

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Kevin Henkes


Caldecott Medal: Kitten's First Full MoonOwenJohn Newberry Medal:The Year of Billy MillerOlive's Ocean



"Today was a difficult day, tomorrow will be better.""Now smile a real smile for me so I know you're not suffering inside.""Books come from within.""Everyone has something interesting to say.""I think writers are observers and watchers. We always have our ears open and eyes open, so I might see something in everyday life that inspires me. And I think that's probably more than anything else. Everyday life is where I get my inspiration."


Inspiration: Henkes visited the local art museum and was intrigued by children's literature during his childhood. His senior of high school the librarian gave him a book entitled American Picturebooks from Noah’s Ark to The Beast Within. After reading this, he felt emboldened and encouraged.Genre Preference: Fiction Picture-Books or Fiction NovelsTopics: Children's Books, Adolescent Novels, Things Children and Teenagers Struggle WithInteresting Facts: He writes his stories long-hand on notebook paper. Then, he uses a typewriter to write his books. He enjoys drawing more than writing. Hyperlinks: http://www.kevinhenkes.com

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The mouse books are my favorite books written by Kevin Henkes.The first mouse book I read was Chrysanthemum. This book is about a young girl who loved her name until she went to school. At school, many people made fun of her. It is a journey through her learning to love herself no matter what others think. Another book is Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. It is a book about learning to be humble and following your dreams. The last book that I love is Wemberly Worried. It is about a young girl mouse who is about to start school. She is very worried and scared. This book is about learning to overcome fear and not worrying about everything.

More About the Author

All Alone (Sep. 1981), Clean Enough (Feb. 1982), Margaret and Taylor (Sep. 1983), Return to Sender (April 1984), Bailey Goes Camping (Aug. 1985), Grandpa and Bo (March 1986), A Weekend with Wendell (Aug. 1986), Two Under Par (April 1987), Once Around the Block (April 1987), Sheila Rae the Brave (Aug. 1987), The Zebra Wall (April 1988), Chester's Way (Aug. 1988), Jessica (March 1989), Shhhh (Aug. 1989), Julius the Baby of the World (Sep. 1990), Chrysanthemum (Sep. 1991), Words of Stone (Sep. 1992), Owen (Sep. 1993), The Biggest Boy (April 1995), Protecting Marie (May 1995), Good-bye Curtis (Sep. 1995), Lilly's Plastic Purse (Aug. 1996), Sun & Spoon (Sep. 1997), Circle Dog (Sep. 1998), The Birthday Room (Sep. 1999), Oh! (Oct. 1999), Wemberly Worried (Aug. 2000), Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick (Aug. 2001), Owen's Marshmallow Chick (Feb. 2002), Wemberly's Ice Cream Star (April 2003), Olive's Ocean (Aug. 2003), Julius' Candy Corn (Aug. 2003), Lilly's Chocolate Heart (Dec. 2003), Kitten's First Full Moon (March 2004), A Box of Treats (Nov. 2004), So Happy! (March 2005), Lilly's Big Day (April 2006), A Good Day (March 2007), Bird Lake Moon (May 2008), Old Bear (Sep. 2008), Birds (March 2009), My Garden (March 2010), Little White Rabbit (Feb. 2011), Junonia (June 2011), Penny and Her Song (Feb. 2012), Penny and Her Doll (Aug. 2012), Penny and Her Marble (Feb. 2013), The Year of Billy Miller (Sep. 2013), Waiting (Sep. 2015)

Kevin Henkes was born in November 27, 1960 in Racine, Wisconsin. He was intrigued by art and children's literature. Henkes attended the University of Wisconsin because of the School of Education's Cooperative Children's Book Center. After his freshman year, he went to New York. He went to Susan Hirschman of Greenwillow Books, who signed him on the spot. His first book, All Alone was published in 1981. In 1986, he birthed the mice in A Weekend with Wendell. These mice went on to help produce 13 more books. One of these, Owen, was a Caldecott winner in 1994. In 2005, his book Kitten's First Full Moon won the Caldecott. He published his 35th picture book. He has also written 12 novels. Two have recieved the Newberry Medal. Olive's Ocean won in 2004, and The Year of Billy Miller won in 2014. Henkes is believed to be one of the greatest contributors to children's literature. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, artist Laura Droznek, and their two children William and Clara.


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