Sunday, June 9, 2013


Owen by Kevin Henkes
Author & Illustrator:   Kevin Henkes
Publisher:  Greenwillow Books
Publication Year:   1993
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:   Caldecott
ALA Notable Children’s Book
Boston Globe-Horn Book
Honor Book
Editors’ Choice
Horn Book
School Library Journal
Best Book
New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
NCTE Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Language Arts
American Booksellers Association “Pick of the Lists”
Reading Rainbow Feature Book

Summary:  Owen's parents try and convince him to give up his favorite blanket. They try all kinds of things until his mother decides to solve the problem by cutting the blanket into pieces that he can easily carry around. Henkes' trademark cartoon-like illustrations introduce an adorable mouse family.

Classroom Ideas:For younger students this book can be used in a discussion of comfort objects. Also, it has a traditional problem/solution plot that could be charted and an easy sequence to follow.

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