Owen: Kevin Henkes


Author/Illustrator: Kevin Henkes
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Year: 1993
Brief Summary: Owen loves his fuzzy yellow blanket and can’t bear to part with it even when he starts school.  Everyone offers advice but nothing seems to work, until Mom comes up with the perfect solution.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:
ABC Children’s Booksellers Choices Award, 1994 Winner Picture Books United States
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1994 Honor Book United States
Best Books:
A Few Good Books, 1993 ; Book Links
Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 1997 ; National Council of Teachers of English
Booklist Book Review Stars, Aug. 1993 ; American Library Association
Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003 ; Bank Street College of Education
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 1993
Lasting Connections, 1993 ; American Library Association
Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, 1994 ; NCTE Children’s Literature Assembly
Notable Children’s Books, 1994 ; Association for Library Service to Children
Outstanding Books by Wisconsin Authors and Illustrators, 1994 ; Wisconsin Library Association
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
School Library Journal Best Books, 1993 ; Cahners
State Provisional Reading List: 
California Young Reader Medal, 1997; Nominee
Golden Sower Award, 1996; Nominee
Mockingbird Award, 1994-1995; Nominee
Utah Children’s Book Awards, 1996; Nominee

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • Good first week of school book for younger grades.  Discuss students’ feelings about school.  Were they excited, worried, scared?  What are some things that make them feel better?
  • Read is alongside The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.
  • Discuss first experiences — first time riding a bike, first time tasting a new food, first time going to a sleepover, first time going camping, etc.  What are some absolutely fun firsts, and what are some that causes anxiety or “yucky feelings”?  Write about a “first” that you weren’t sure about and how you overcome those feelings.  Did it turn out okay?  As you expected?  Were you glad you went through with it?

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Text-to-self connections

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library


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