Awesome Author: Kevin Henkes
While pre-school and elementary teachers may be familiar with the work of awesome author Kevin Henkes, there are plenty of upper grade teachers who may never have heard of him. This author/illustrator has a story of growing up that children can easily relate to and books that immediately capture their interest and their hearts. Take a look at the brief biography below, explore the links to read more about his work and check out the video to understand why Kevin Henkes is an ideal candidate for an in-class author study.
Who is Kevin Henkes?
Henkes won the 2005 Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon. In addition to picture books, he also writes children’s novels. Bird Lake Moon is the type of novel that lets students dig deep into the characters’ development and study the elements of literature in a poignant way. Some of Henkes most famous books, however, are those that focus on a delightful group of friends who just happen to be mice. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and Wemberly Worried are two of the most well-known of the series. No matter what type of book you pick up, you can be assured that the Henkes has focused on character development and the plot will be easy for students to relate to.
Find Out More
More About Kevin Henkes – Another look at Henkes biography information.
Unit Studies for Chrysanthemum, Wemberly Worried and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – Lesson ideas based on three of the most popular mouse books.
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – An interview with Henkes about Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.
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