Paperback Books by Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes is the author of In the Middle of Fall (2019), Penny and Her Doll (2013), Penny and Her Song (2012), Penny and Her Sled (2019) and other 221 books.

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In the Middle of Fall

release date: Nov 01, 2019
In the Middle of Fall
Children and animals alike enjoy the wonders of fall. Caldecott Medalist and NY Times bestseller Kevin Henkes uses striking imagery to convey basic concepts of language and the season, while Dronzek''s paintings illuminate the changing world. Five starred reviews!

Penny and Her Doll

release date: Feb 19, 2013
Penny and Her Doll
Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes’s award-winning Penny returns in the second easy-to-read story about a sweet and curious mouse, perfect for fans Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Chrysanthemum. When Penny receives a surprise box in the mail from Gram, she is thrilled. The surprise is a doll, and she is absolutely perfect, from her head to her toes. Penny loves her immediately. She introduces her new doll to Mama and to the babies and to Papa. But then Papa asks what the doll''s name is, and Penny realizes that she doesn''t know. What should Penny call her? Kevin Henkes is a master at creating beautifully illustrated books that resonate with young children. The Penny books are new classics for beginning readers and will appeal to fans of Frog and Toad, Little Bear, and Henry and Mudge. Don''t miss Penny''s newest adventures in Penny and Her Sled!

Penny and Her Song

release date: Aug 21, 2012
Penny and Her Song
Meet Penny, the sweet and curious mouse, in Caldecott Medalist and bestselling author Kevin Henkes’s instant classic story for young readers, perfect for fans Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Chrysanthemum. When Penny comes home from school, she is ready to sing her song. But the babies are sleeping, and Mama and Papa are worried that Penny will wake them up. Oh, but it is a good song, a really wonderful song . . . and Penny wants more than anything to sing it. Will it ever be the right time to sing it? Penny and Her Song is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it''s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences. Kevin Henkes is a master at creating beautifully illustrated books that resonate with young children. The Penny books are new classics for beginning readers and will appeal to fans of Frog and Toad, Little Bear, and Henry and Mudge. Don''t miss Penny''s newest adventures in Penny and Her Sled!

Penny and Her Sled

release date: Oct 29, 2019
Penny and Her Sled
Penny has a new sled, but will it ever snow?

Little White Rabbit

release date: Jan 25, 2011
Little White Rabbit
One bright spring day a little white rabbit sets out from home on an adventure. What does he find? Look! Everything is new.Anything is possible. . . .

Egg Board Book

release date: Jan 22, 2019
Egg Board Book
Egg is a graphic novel for preschoolers about four eggs, one big surprise, and an unlikely friendship, by Caldecott Medalist and New York Times-bestselling author Kevin Henkes. Egg is not only a perfect Easter gift, but also a classic read-alone and read-aloud that will appeal all year long. This masterful and stylistically original picture book introduces young children to four eggs. One is blue, one is pink, one is yellow, and one is green. Three of the eggs hatch, revealing three baby birds who fly away. But the green egg does not hatch. Why not? When the three birds return to investigate, they’re in for a big surprise! What will happen next? With a compelling mix of comic-like panels, wordless pages and spreads, and a short text featuring word repetition, surprise, and suspense, Egg is an ideal book for emergent readers, as well as for sharing in a group. Egg is sure to inspire creativity and storytelling in preschoolers, as they anticipate the page turns and determine their own endings! Kevin Henkes is the bestselling author of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Waiting, and Kitten’s First Full Moon, among many other beloved titles.

Bird Lake Moon

release date: Mar 23, 2010
Bird Lake Moon
There are ghosts at Bird Lake, and they''re haunting Mitch Sinclair and Spencer Stone. Not the Halloween kind, but ghosts of the past. Memories of how life was before—before the divorce, before the accident. Can their ghosts bring Mitch and Spencer together, as friends? Or will their secrets keep them apart? Either way, it is a summer that neither Mitch nor Spencer will ever forget.

My Garden

release date: Feb 23, 2010
My Garden
The girl in this book grows chocolate rabbits, tomatoes as big as beach balls, flowers that change color, and seashells in her garden. How does your garden grow?

A Good Day Board Book

release date: Jan 26, 2010
A Good Day Board Book
What can turn a bad day into a good day? You decide.

Birds

release date: Feb 17, 2009
Birds
Birds come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Birds are magic. Birds are everywhere. If you listen very carefully you will hear them, no matter where you live. And if you look very closely you will see them, no matter where you are. And if you can''t go outside right this minute, you can always read this book!

Old Bear

release date: Aug 19, 2008
Old Bear
Snug and warm, curled and furry, Old Bear sleeps. Red, orange, and brown leaves fly through the air, and it is snowing hard. Old Bear doesn''t notice. Old Bear is dreaming about being a cub again. He is dreaming about the beauty of the world. He is dreaming of everything he loves about the forest that is his home. Turn the page and you will see!

When Spring Comes

release date: Feb 09, 2016
When Spring Comes
The award-winning, bestselling husband-and-wife team of Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek collaborate for the first time since their acclaimed picture book Birds. Before spring comes, the trees are dark sticks, the grass is brown, and the ground is covered in snow. But if you wait, leaves unfurl and flowers blossom, the grass turns green, and the mounds of snow shrink and shrink. Spring brings baby birds, sprouting seeds, rain and mud, and puddles. You can feel it and smell it and hear it—and you can read it! Kevin Henkes uses striking imagery, repetition, and alliteration to introduce basic concepts of language and the changing of the seasons. And Laura Dronzek’s gorgeous, lush paintings show the transformation from quiet, cold winter to the joyful newborn spring. Watch the world transform when spring comes!

Chrysanthemum Big Book

release date: Oct 02, 2007
Chrysanthemum Big Book
She was a perfect baby, and she had a perfect name. Chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemum loved her name—until she started school. A terrific read-aloud for the classroom and libraries!

Lily Y Su Bolso de Plastico Morado (Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse)

release date: Jul 30, 2017
Lily Y Su Bolso de Plastico Morado (Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse)
For use in schools and libraries only. Lily loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.

Sun & Spoon

release date: Oct 02, 2007
Sun & Spoon
Spoon Gilmore has been dreaming about his grandmother since her death two months ago, but the dreams are beginning to grow fuzzy and come less and less frequently. Afraid that soon even his memories of her will disappear, he sets out in search of the perfect thing to remember her by. When Spoon finds it, he quietly takes it to his room to cherish privately, making sure that his annoying little sister, Joanie, doesn''t follow him in as usual. But soon Spoon realizes he''s made a big mistake. Will things ever be right without Gram around?

Prudencia Se Preocupa/ Wemberly Worried

release date: Jul 30, 2017
Prudencia Se Preocupa/ Wemberly Worried
For use in schools and libraries only. A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of nursery school.

Protecting Marie

release date: Oct 02, 2007
Protecting Marie
Fanny has wanted a dog all her life. For a brief moment her dream came true, but then her father decided the puppy brought too much chaos to his neat, ordered home. Fanny has never been able to forgive him for it. So when Fanny''s father brings home a new, older dog, she''s not sure she can trust him. She reasons that perhaps she shouldn''t get too attached, in case this one is taken from her as well. But how can she help falling in love with the perfect dog?

Moheet Olive (Olive's Ocean- Arabic edition)

release date: Dec 10, 2015
Moheet Olive (Olive's Ocean- Arabic edition)
Olive Barstow had been in Matha Boyle''s class until she was killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding her bicycle. Then Martha finds out that Olive, a girl she never really knew, wrote in her journal about wanting to be friends with Martha, and wanting to be a writer. Martha can''t stop thinking about Olive, even when she goes on vacation to stay with her grandmother by ocean with her family. In the midst of experiencing first love, loneliness, embarrassment and fears of her beloved grandmother growing old, Martha allows Olive''s death to teach her lessons about living.

Kitten's First Full Moon Board Book

release date: Sep 01, 2015
Kitten's First Full Moon Board Book
Somebody loves Kitten, and you will, too! Winner of the Caldecott Medal A New York Times Best Illustrated Book Winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award

Waiting

release date: Sep 01, 2015
Waiting
Caldecott Honor and Geisel Honor Book What are you waiting for? An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig—all toys arranged on a child’s windowsill—wait for marvelous things to happen in this irresistible picture book by the New York Times–bestselling and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes. Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait! What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected? Waiting is a big part of childhood—waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen—but in this book, a child sets the stage and pulls the strings. Timeless, beautiful, and deeply heartfelt, this picture book about imaginative play, the seasons, friendship, and surprises marks a new pinnacle in Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes’s extraordinary career. “The short sentences of the text flow with the precision one would expect from a master picture-book creator like Henkes. Little ones, to whom each experience is new, will know what it’s like to dream and wait.”—ALA Booklist

Junonia

release date: Apr 24, 2012
Junonia
Returning to the beach cottage—a cottage named Scallop—where she has always celebrated her birthday is a special occasion for Alice Rice. Who will see the first dolphin this time? The first pelican? What will have changed? Stayed the same? And will this be the year she finally finds a junonia shell? Alice''s friends are all returning, too. And she''s certain her parents have the best party planned for her. Alice can''t wait. If Alice is lucky, everything will be absolutely perfect. Will Alice be lucky?

Lilly's Big Day

release date: Mar 31, 2007
Lilly's Big Day
When her teacher announces that he is getting married, Lilly the mouse sets her heart on being the flower girl at his wedding. By the creator of Kitten''s First Full Moon. Read by Laura Hamilton.

Summer Song

release date: May 10, 2022
Summer Song
"A vibrant and sophisticated ode to nature." --Kirkus (starred review) From Caldecott Medalist and Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes and acclaimed painter Laura Dronzek, the bestselling and award-winning creators of Winter Is Here, When Spring Comes, and In the Middle of Fall, this book about summer celebrates the sights, sounds, and smells of the season. Bees buzz, birds sing, and children roll in the grass and feel the heat of the summer sun. With striking verbal imagery, repetition, and alliteration, Kevin Henkes introduces basic concepts of language and the summer season. Laura Dronzek''s glowing paintings beautifully illustrate the wonders of summer. In the Middle of Fall, Winter Is Here, When Spring Comes, and Summer Song make for a beautiful quartet of seasonal-theme picture books to share at home or in the classroom. Ideal for introducing the season, for story time, and for bedtime reading.

The Year of Billy Miller

release date: Nov 15, 2021
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