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Kevin Henkes, Author-Illustrator

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Kristy Kemper Hodge

on 31 March 2011

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1960 Kevin Henkes is born to Bernard and Beatrice Henkes in Racine, Wisconsin 2nd youngest of 5 kids Art lessons with siblings Regular visits to local library High School English teacher helps Kevin learn to enjoy writing Career goal: picture book creator 1978 Dummy of first picture book created All Alone University Kevin attends University of Wisconsin at Madison Home of Cooperative Children's Book Center 1979 Travels to New York to secure publishing contract Contracts with Susan Hirschman at Greenwillow 1981 Publishes first picture book All Alone 1982 Publishes second picture book Clean Enough 1985 Marries artist Laura Dronzek Live in Madison, Wisconsin Inspiration Childhood feelings & memories Ordinary things in life Early picture books Started with human characters Switched to animal characters after 4 books Allow for more humorous illustrations Animals can get away with actions humans cannot Enter Henkes' famous mice characters Picture book creation Words come first and must be perfect! Sketches all illustrations in pencil Retraces sketches in India ink and paints with watercolors once editor approval is gained Where the magic happens Henkes has a studio in a spare bedroom of his house Uses red Imperial margarine container for water Same container he's used since a child Windows look out on his yard Children from real life The Picture Books of Kevin Henkes Those authored and illustrated by Henkes Kevin Henkes, Author Illustrator 1981 All Alone 1982 Watercolors & colored pencils Clean Enough Watercolors & pencil 1985 Bailey Goes Camping Watercolors with pen & ink 1986 Grandpa and Bo Pencil 1986 A Weekend with Wendell 1987 Sheila Rae, the Brave Watercolor paints with black pen & ink 1988 Chester's Way Watercolor paints with black pen & ink Introducing...Lilly! 1989 Jessica 1990 Julius, the Baby of the World 1991 Chrysanthemum 1993 Watercolor paints & black pen Owen Watercolor paints & black pen 1996 Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse 2000 Watercolor paints & black pen Wemberly Worried Watercolor paints & black pen 2001 2002 2003 2004 2004 Kitten's First Full Moon Caldecott Award Winner! Gouache & colored pencil 2006 Lilly's Big Day Watercolor paints & black pen 2007 A Good Day Watercolor paints & brown ink 2008 Old Bear Watercolor paints & ink 2010 My Garden Watercolor paints & ink 2011 Little White Rabbit Colored pencil & acrylic paint Watercolor paints with black pen & ink Watercolor paints with black pen & ink Watercolor paints with black pen & ink Sources "Kevin Henkes" in 100 Most Popular Picture Book Authors and Illustrators: Biographical Sketches and Biographies by Sharron L. McElmeel. 2000. Libraries Unlimited, Inc. Englewood, CO. p. 201-207 "Kevin Henkes" in Talking with Artists, Volume 2, compiled and edited by Pat Cummings. 1995. Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. New York, NY. p. 46-51 The Artist
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