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WAITING by Kevin Henkes



Kevin Henkes has written and illustrated so simply, so beautifully, so sweetly…once again. The gentleness of patience alongside of friendship is the essence of this book.  Friends are waiting…five friends, five animal friends, five little animal toys sit on a windowsill waiting and watching.  They each wait for something different yet they all wait together.

Watch and wait with them as you turn each page.  Intently ponder the muted color illustrations along with the few words.  They blend into a special story.

The illustrations are done in brown ink, watercolor paint, and colored pencils on ivory paper.  The colors are muted: pink, aqua, tan, green — an olive green shade, and light green.  The font is brown, melding with the colors as the animals on the windowsill are woven together in friendship.

Reading Level:  4 – 8 Years


2016 Caldecott Honor Book

2016 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book

Boston Globe’s Best Kids Books of 2015

Horn Book Fanfare Best Picture Books of 2015

New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2015

New York Times Notable Picture Books of 2015

Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Picture Books of 2015

Wall Street Journal’s Best Children’s Books of 2015

Kirkus named this one of the Best Books of 2015



Kevin Henkes considers writing and illustrating the only real job he has ever had.  He began drawing as a young boy.  The summer after his freshman year in college, he headed to New York with his illustrations and a list of his favorite publishers.  The very first one signed him, then and there.  That was Greenwillow Books, headed at the time by its founder, Susan Hirschman.  She saw that this young man was the type of author/illustrator she was looking for.  Mr. Henkes took the fall semester off to work on a “dummy book” which became his first published picture book, All Alone (1981).   He never looked back.  Thirty-five years later, he continues to write and illustrate books that are and will remain in many-a-family’s library, remembered as favorites.

“Books are often the first exposure to art that children have. Keeping that in mind urges me to make the very best books possible. 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.

“…most of all, I love sitting alone in a quiet room drawing and painting and writing. I love my job.”  Kevin Henkes

Join me with him in his studio:

You can find him @ and several other videos too.

Book Information:

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0062368435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062368430
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11.5 inches





I am a quiet woman growing each day in the LORD. Christ is my home. He is the well from which I drink. I became His 25 years ago. I am 71 so that is actually a small percentage of my life through which I could have walked closely with Him. No matter, He never stopped waiting for me. I am now a widow from a Christ-centered marriage of 25 years to Kenneth. I praise God for him. I miss him so. We had no children. I feel God’s call to be His light in this dark world. I am grateful for the love God gives to me so I may give it away. I live in Lufkin, Texas, USA (in Deep East Texas/Pineywoods). I have taught Women’s Sunday School/Bible Study, co-administrated/taught a teen girls’ annual conference. I participate in women’s Bible studies in church as well as on my own. I am a retired elementary school teacher, having taught in California, Washington, D.C., and have taught older children and adults in Oregon and Texas. I also retired from being a children’s librarian in the public library system, a job I thoroughly loved. I tutored primary-aged children who are falling behind in those early years of school until we moved in May 2017.

7 thoughts on “WAITING by Kevin Henkes

  1. This book looks so very good to me! I can’t wait for a chance to snuggle on the couch with the kids and read it together! Thanks for being a part of the Booknificent Thursday reading community this week!


  2. Patience, what’s that? This book is going on my wishlist for both myself and my son who will be four next year. Bring us more at Literacy Musing Mondays!


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