Kevin Henkes<br />Author Study and Presentation<br />By Dana Sur0witz<br />
Author and illustrator, Kevin Henkes was born in 1960 in Racine, Wisconsin.Henkes is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife, Laura Dronzek, and their two children. Henkes is author and illustrator of children's picture books, many of which feature little mice as their main characters. He also writes young-adult fiction.Henkes' first book, All Alone, was published in 1981<br />Kevin loved going to the library when he was little!!!<br />
Awards and Honors<br /><ul><li>Once Around the Block (1987) Library of Congress Best Books of the Year
Chester's Way (1988) ALA Notable Children's Books
Julius, the Baby of the World (1990) Winner of the ALA Notable Children's Books and Booklist Editors Choice
Kitten's First Full Moon (2005) Caldecott Medal </li></li></ul><li>Kevin Henkes is probably most well known for his lovable mouse characters who express common childhood feelings, fears, and fantasies<br />
Kevin Henkes has also authored and illustrated some very well known picture books. One of his more recent books, Kitten’s First Full Moon (2005) was awarded the Caldecott Medal for outstanding illustrations. <br />This is the first time Kevin<br />illustrated in black and white<br />
It may also surprise some, that Kevin Henkes is the author of young adult novels. He was awarded the Newbury Medal for Olive’s Ocean(2004). <br />"A superior growing up/coming-of-age story." — Children's Literature<br />
Troublemaker and mischief maker like Wendell<br />Fun and loving life<br />like Lily <br />Brave and Fearless like Shelia Rae<br />Quiet and determined like Chrysanthemum <br />I hope that you will take the time to discover the wonderful world of Kevin Henkes. <br />Maybe you can see a little of yourself<br />in his characters……<br />Nervous and worried like Wemberly<br />Head strong and stubborn like Chester<br />Attached to a special blankie like Owen<br />
http://www.kevinhenkes.com<br /><ul><li>Explore all the mouse characters
Read Chester and Lily’s favorite recipes</li></li></ul><li>Literacy Lesson Idea<br />Chrysanthemum<br />Gr 1-3<br />Chrysanthemumby Kevin Henkes is a great book to start with at the beginning of the school year. <br /><ul><li>Discuss friendship and how we should treat our friends kindly by not making fun of each other.
Children can look up the meanings of their names with their parents and share a special story about their name.
The names and stories can also be displayed on a bulletin board.</li></ul>This book can also be used when teaching a lesson on bullying and self-esteem<br />
References<br />Kevin Henkes website. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.kevinhenkes.com/meet/kevin.asp<br />KevinHenkes. (n.d.) Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Henkes<br />Kevin Henkes. (n.d.) Retrieved from http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/contributor.jsp?id=2221<br />All images are from Kevin Henkes website<br />
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