Library of Congress

National Book Festival

Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of many children’s books, including “Kitten’s First Full Moon,” “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse,” “Owen” and recently “The Year of Billy Miller” (Harper Collins). His books have garnered a Caldecott Honor, a Newbery Honor and a Caldecott Medal. Henkes decided he wanted to create children’s books in high school and has ever since. He says, “I know how important the books from my childhood were -- and are -- to me. Without them, I might not be a writer and artist today.”

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Kevin Henkes

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