Happy Birthday, Kevin Henkes, born 27 November 1960
- …here is a possibility within each moment for change to occur, for good things to happen. (Olive’s Ocean)
- When my work is going well, it’s transformative. I feel as if I’ve been removed from ordinary time and am living in some parallel universe, a world of grace and wonder.
- Writing and drawing are very different, but both are satisfying. I suppose drawing comes more naturally to me. I am much more daunted by a blank piece of typing paper than I am by a blank piece of drawing paper.
- If your child likes to write or draw, make sure that he/she always has paper available. Encourage children to experiment when it comes to art, and remind them to have fun and not be concerned with creating a masterpiece. If, as adults, we value art and books, our children will, too.
- The words always come first for me. I try to perfect them before I draw anything. However, I do think about the pictures while I write.
- I work on my stories in long-hand on lined notebook paper. I’ll rewrite several times before I type a nice, neat copy on my typewriter.
- I want my characters to be believable. I want the story to be convincing. And I want to write good sentences. It’s as simple and difficult as that.
Kevin Henkes is an American writer and illustrator of children’s books. He won the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon as an illustrator. Olive’s Ocean and The Year of Billy Miller were both Newbery Medal Honor Books.
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