The first-grade library class is learning about the author/illustrator, Kevin Henkes.
Many authors/illustrators start to write and/or draw at a young age (as did Kevin Henkes), so I like to inspire any budding artists/writers to think big and learn from successful authors/illustrators. We like to explore how they get the ideas for their stories and/or illustrations
Kevin Henkes has two award-winning picture books–Kitten’s First Full Moon (Caldecott Medal Book for 2005) and Owen (Caldecott Honor Book for 1994). His middle school novel, Olive’s Ocean, also won a 2004 Newbery Honor.
Kevin Henkes starts by imagining a character in his mind. As time passes, the details of the character–what they look like, their personality quirks, objects they like to carry with them, etc.–start to take shape. We’ve added Kevin’s example to our toolbox of ideas for how to create an original story.
We read 7 of Kevin’s books during library class then the first-grade students vote for their favorite (one vote for each student). See the results below!