Kevin Henkes

Born:  November 27, 1960

Meet the author Kevin Henkes:


Author bio:

“Kevin Henkes was born in 1960 in Racine, Wisconsin. Throughout his childhood, he and his family visited the local public library, making an important ritual out of selecting and carrying home books. Inspired by such illustrators as Crockett Johnson and Garth Williams, Henkes decided at an early age that he would be an artist, and enjoyed frequent visits to the nearby art museum. It was a high school teacher’s encouragement of his writing, however, that gave Henkes the idea for his future career.

Henkes’ first picture book, drafted while he was still in high school, was accepted for publication when Henkes was just 19, an art major at the University of Wisconsin. Since then, he has worked steadily, writing and illustrating more than 15 picture books that have won him a devoted audience as well as considerable critical acclaim. Owen was named a Caldecott Honor Book, one of many awards and citations Henkes has received. In 2004, Henkes won another Newbery Honor for Olive’s Ocean. In addition to his self-illustrated picture books, Henkes has written picture books that others have illustrated, and a number of novels for young readers. He lives with his wife in Madison, Wisconsin.”—from


Books by Kevin Henkes:

The Mouse Books

Picture books



Contact Kevin Henkes:

Kevin Henkes c/o Greenwillow Books 195 Broadway, 21st floor New York, NY 10007

For general inquiries, please write to Greenwillow Books at [email protected]

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