Christine Davenier

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Christine Davenier is a French author and illustrator of children's books. She has illustrated a large number of books, the authors of which include Jack Prelutsky, Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, Madeleine L'Engle, and Juanita Havill, and has received critical acclaim.


Davenier was born in 1961 in Tours, France. [1] [2]She described her grandmother (from whom she received the gift of a box of watercolor paints at the age of fourteen) as a huge artistic inspiration to her.[3]


Deborah Stevenson of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books praised her watercolor illustrations for Leon and Albertine, stating that they possess an "apparent carelessness adding to the feeling of movement".[4] A review in Publishers Weekly praised "Davenier's luminous watercolors and vivid characterizations" in Just Like a Baby.[5] The First Thing My Mama Told Me, written by Susan Marie Swanson and illustrated by Davenier, was a 2003 Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book.[6]

Books written and illustrated by Davenier[edit]

(Note: This list may be incomplete.)

  • Leon and Albertine

Books illustrated by Davenier[edit]

(Note: This is an incomplete list.)

  • The Very Fairy Princess (Written by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton)
  • Miss Lina's Ballerinas (Written by Grace Maccarone)
  • Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen (Written by Cari Best)
  • I Love the Rain' (Written by Margaret Park Bridges)
  • Iris and Walter series (Written by Elissa Haden Guest)
  • Mabel Dancing (Written by Amy Hest)
  • I Heard It from Alice Zucchini: Poems About the Garden (Written by Jaunita Havill)
  • Just Like a Baby (Written by Juanita Havill)
  • Piper Reed series (Written by Kimberly Willis Holt)
    • Piper Reed Gets a Job
    • Piper Reed: The Great Gypsy
    • Piper Reed: Navy Brat
  • Mr. and Mrs. Portly and Their Little Dog, Snack (Written by Sandra Jordan)
  • The Other Dog (Written by Madeleine L'Engle)
  • Has Anyone Seen My Emily Greene (Written by Norma Fox Mazer)
  • Me I Am! (Written by Jack Prelutsky)
  • Full Moon Barnyard Dance (Written by Carole Lexa Schaefer)
  • The First Thing My Mama Told Me (Written by Susan Marie Swanson)
  • Nobody Here But Me (Written by Judith Viorst)
  • A Day with Miss Lina's Ballerinas (Written by Grace Maccarone)


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  3. ^ "Christine Davenier". Macmillan Books. 2008. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  4. ^ Stevenson, Deborah (2001-03-01). "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books: Rising Star: Christine Davenier". The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. Archived from the original on June 29, 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  5. ^ "Children's Book Reviews: Week of 3/9/2009: Picture Books: Just Like a baby". Publishers Weekly. Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
  6. ^ "Charlotte Zolotow Award Books". Cooperative Children's Book Center (School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison). Archived from the original on 2007-02-26. Retrieved 2010-01-01.