Spend the afternoon with the beloved author of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse and The Year of Billy Miller, a 2014 Newbery Honor Book, as he discusses his creative process with Betsy Bird (Fuse #8). His latest unforgettable character, second-grader Billy Miller, is the star of this new novel--a fast-paced and funny story about friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school. The Year of Billy Miller includes black-and-white art by Henkes and is perfect for fans of the Ramona books, Frindle by Andrew Clements, and the Clementine series. Sonia Manzano (Maria on Sesame Street; author of The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano) will read an excerpt. Ages 7 - 10.
Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of close to fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon in 2005. Henkes is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lilly's Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. His most recent mouse character, Penny, was introduced in Penny and Her Song; her story continued in Penny and Her Doll and Penny and Her Marble. Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Review piece about A Good Day, wrote, "It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius." Henkes also received a Newbery Honor for the novel Olive's Ocean. Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels Junonia, Bird Lake Moon, The Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon. The Year of Billy Miller, his newest novel for young readers, is a national bestseller. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. You can visit him online at www.kevinhenkes.com.