H is (also) for Kevin Henkes
As part of our year of homeschool preschool, we are taking a different approach to Author Studies. We will be going looking at authors using the alphabet. If you haven't tried it, Author Studies are a fun way to discover new authors and different books as well as an opportunity to talk about thematic topics, similarities and differences, and writing or illustrating styles. They are a great launching block for so many things. Our first one was here and from there we are wandering the alphabet in no particular order.
Remember the letter N when I had trouble finding an author to study? Now we are on to H and I couldn't limit it down to one. Shirley Hughes and Kevin Henkes are two of my favorite authors of children's books. We needed to do both. Yes. Needed.
Kevin Henkes has amassed an amazing collection of books. Visit his site (www.kevinhenkes.com) for a full list, where you will also learn that he is originally from my home state of Wisconsin. Below are just our favorites. His books include his original mouse books (ranging from board books to easy readers), picture books, and novels. They are delightful, full of universal topics, and diverse. Truly something for everyone. Below are our favorites. Beware! It's a long list.
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
There is a very real possibility that we should have named our daughter Lilly, because she is the human version of Lilly. The enthusiasm, the uber strong emotions, the desire to be everything when she grows up. In this Lilly story, Lilly can't help herself from sharing her new purple plastic purse even though it isn't sharing time yet. Great story about following rules, teachers, and trying again. 3+
Sheila Rae, The Brave
My daughter walked backwards for a month after reading this one. Sheila Rae isn't afraid of anything until one day she gets lost. 3+
This is such a sweet story. Little Wemberly worries about everything. Before her first day of school her worrying reaching new heights. However on the first day she makes a new friend and her day is a success. 3+
This is the first Kevin Henkes story my kids heard. Owen has a blanket that he does EVERYTHING with. His parents (with the advice of a nosy neighbor) attempt to take away the blanket. Classic parent struggle with a sweet solution. 2+
Julius: The Baby of the World
Lilly has a new baby brother and everyone thinks he is wonderful. Lilly isn't convinced. This is a great book for someone about to become a big brother or sister. 3+
Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick (Board Book)
Kevin Henkes more recently produced a collection of board books that are delightful. My twins are a little old for them right now, but if you have a younger one, Henkes has you covered with these sweet treats. This was my favorite of the bunch, but check his website for a list of the rest. 1+
Chester and Wilson are best friends and they have their own way of doing things. Then Lilly comes along. She has her own way. 3+
Chrysanthemum has a unique name. As a young child she loves her name, but when she goes to school suddenly she thinks it's too long and too weird. In the end her pride in her name is returned from an unexpected source. 3+
Lilly's Big Day
The beloved Lilly is back. This time her favorite teacher, Mr Slinger, is getting married and she is certain she will get the role of Flower Girl. Unfortunately, Mr. Slinger has other plans. Will the big day be ruined? 3+
Penny and Her Song
Henkes' sweet collection of easy readers is delightful. This is one of them. Penny has a song, but no one wants to hear it. What will Penny do? All of the books in the Penny easy reader series are equally darling.
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