By: Lauren Shepherd
Synthesizing Choices for Books
- The theme of Kevin Henkes's books is to teach children life lessons. This is the theme of his books, because he is able to translate difficult childhood transitions into stories. In addition, most of his books deal with common childhood problems, such as starting school, being teased, and getting lost. Also, Kevin once said, “Sometimes I’ll hear from a parent about how a book of mine has insinuated itself into the heart of his or her child, or how a phrase from one of my books has become part of the family’s daily jargon. I love that.”
- The writing style of Kevin Henkes's books is to appeal to children. This is his writing style, because in some of his books he writes short sentences. Also, lots of his books have mice as main characters, which is personification. In addition, in most of his books there was a problem that children could relate to, that got resolved.
Awards Won / Honors Given
His book Owen won a Caldecott Honor Award in 1994.
His book Kitten’s First Full Moon won the Caldecott Medal in 2005.
His novel Olive’s Ocean won a Newbery Honor in 2004.
He was awarded the Regina Medal in 2013 by the Catholic Library Association for his continued distinguished contribution to children’s literature.
- The Association of Library Service to Children, (a division of the American Library Association) chose him to deliver the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture in 2007.