Kevin Henkes published his first children’s book in 1981. Since then, he has created both novels and illustrated books for children, among them Olive’s Ocean (a 2004 Newbery Honor Book), Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, the 2005 Caldecott-winner Kitten’s First Full Moon, and Lilly’s Big Day (all Greenwillow). Mr.
Henkes lives in Wisconsin with his wife and children. “I never thought I’d be lucky enough to be a real author and illustrator,” he says. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” Find out more about Kevin Henkes at www.kevinhenkes.com.