In an interview with Alice Cary in 1996, Mr. Henkes said, "I was excited in a way that maybe I haven't been since in my book life. It is still a very big deal when Susan calls."
Growing up in Racine, Kevin Henkes desperately wanted to be an artist. By his junior year of high school, he decided he also wanted to write. He was raised in a home that was comfortable and safe - a theme reflected often in his picture books.
To date, Mr. Henkes has written and/or illustrated some 36 picture books, board books, and novels - including his "Mouse books," starring the memorable characters Chester, Chrysanthemum, Julius, Lilly, Owen, Sheila Rae, Wemberly, and Wendell.