Monday, June 6, 2011

Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes is one of my favorite authors.  His engrossing stories are filled with humor and sympathetic characters who experience realistic problems.  Henkes offers logical and subtle conclusions that kids will appreciate and understand.  Below are just a few of his wonderful books for preschoolers and gradeschoolers. Also, check out Kevin Henkes website:

Lily and the Purple Plastic Purse -- Lucy is so excited to bring her purple plastic purse to school for show and tell that she can't sit still.  Her beloved teacher takes the purse away to be returned at the end of the day.  Lily becomes so angry she draws a mean picture of her teacher. After getting her purse back and reading a sympathetic note from her teacher she realizes she is no longer angry and has to figure out how to solve the problem.  Great lessons on dealing with anger and apologizing.

Owen -- the classic story of a child ready to give up his special blanket.....but not quite yet.  With the help of a neighbor the family works through this problem.

Bailey Goes Camping -- Bailey the youngest of three children is disappointed when his older siblings are allowed to go camping and he is not.  His parents save the day by having a "camping" trip right in his own home.  A great story for kids who are often feel left behind.

Wemberly Worried -- Wemberly worries about the first day of school, but soon meets a new friend and realizes maybe she doesn't have to worry quite so much. Great for kids about to start kindergarten.

Birds-- a bright colorful book cronicling a young girls observations about birds.

A Good Day -- Four animals start off having a bad day, which soon turns good.

Kitten's First Full Moon -- a kitten learns, the hard way, that the full moon is not a saucer of milk. Newberry Honor Award Winner

Do you have a favorite Kevin Henkes book?

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