Kevin Henkes (born November 27, 1960) is an American writer and illustrator of children’s books. As an illustrator he won the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon (2004). Two of his books were Newbery Medal Honor Books, Olive’s Ocean in 2004 and The Year of Billy Miller in 2014.  His picture book Waiting was named both a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book and a Geisel Honor Book. It was only the second time any author has won that combination of awards.

Books in order of publication:

Novels

  • Return to Sender (1984)
  • Two Under Par (1987)
  • The Zebra Wall (1988) — Council of Wisconsin Writers Children’s Book Award
  • Words of Stone (1992)
  • Protecting Marie (1995)
  • Sun & Spoon (1997)
  • The Birthday Room (1999)
  • Olive’s Ocean (2004) — Newbery Honor Book
  • Bird Lake Moon (2008)
  • Junonia (2011)
  • The Year of Billy Miller (2013) — Newbery Honor Book
  • Sweeping up the Heart (2018)

Picture Books

  • All Alone (1981)
  • Clean Enough (1982)
  • Bailey Goes Camping (1985)
  • Grandpa & Bo (1986) — Council of Wisconsin Writers Children’s Book Award
  • Once Around the Block (1987) — Library of Congress Best Books of the Year
  • Jessica (1989)
  • Shhhh (1989)
  • The Biggest Boy (1995), illustrated by Nancy Tafuri
  • Good-bye, Curtis (1995), illustrated by Marisabina Russo
  • Circle Dogs (1998), illustrated by Dan Yaccarino — Charlotte Zolotow Commendation
  • Oh! (2000)
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon (2004) — Caldecott Medal, Charlotte Zolotow Award , Council of Wisconsin Writers Archer-Eckblad Children’s Picture Book Honorable Mention
  • A Good Day (2007) — Charlotte Zolotow Commendation
  • Birds (2009), illustrated by Laura Dronzek — Charlotte Zolotow Honor
  • Old Bear (2009) — Charlotte Zolotow Commendation
  • My Garden (2010) — Charlotte Zolotow Commendation
  • Little White Rabbit (2011)
  • Waiting (2015) — Caldecott Honor, Geisel Honor
  • When Spring Comes (2016), illustrated by Laura Dronzek
  • Egg (2017)
  • In the Middle of Fall (2017), illustrated by Laura Dronzek
  • A Parade of Elephants (2018)
  • Winter Is Here (2018) illustrated by Laura Dronzek