Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Meet Author Kevin Henkes

Autumn is upon us and so is a season of reading. Summer offers outdoor activities, travels, and many more fun sports. Now, days are getting shorter and the weather gets cooler, so you tend to stay inside longer. It is a perfect time to restart good reading habit. Kevin Henkes is one of the most popular children's authors and illustrators. His books are known for their emotions that resonate with readers of all ages, as well as for their expressive and lively illustrations. Many of Kevin Henkes' characters are mice. They have loving, supportive, understanding parents, teachers, and other adults. They face common childhood problems, and emotions ----being bullied, feeling not secure, giving up blankets, getting lost---- Kevin Henkes was a junior in high school when he decided to write and illustrate children's books. He said "I remember drawing at a very early age. I loved it. And my parents and teachers told me I was good at it --that made me love it all the more." His first book was published when he was nineteen years old. He has won numerous awards, including the Caldecott Medal and the Newbery Honor.

In his first book, Little White Rabbit is always wondering about everything: what would it be like to be tall, or green, or to flutter through the air.  Kitten's First Full Moon won the Caldecott Medal, Olive's Ocean won the Newbery Honor.

Some of other titles are:
Lily's Big Day, Wemberly Worried, Julius the Baby of the World, Chester's Way, and Lily's Purple Plastic Purse.

1 comment:

  1. Kevin Henkes is one of my favorite children's book author/illustrators. He's done some good novels for kids too!


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