Christine Davenier


As a young girl growing up in Tours, France, Christine Davenier loved listening to her older sister read fairy tales aloud. But she frequently found herself wondering, What does the princess’s beautiful dress look like? or How exquisite are her jewels? Christine was left to her own imagination, for the books had few illustrations. So it comes as little surprise that today, Christine embraces her career as an illustrator. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to create the illustrations I dreamed about seeing as a child,” she says. When Christine was fourteen, she received her first box of watercolor paints, a gift from her grandmother. That was the beginning of many afternoons spent painting together in her grandmother’s garden. “My grandmother was an extraordinary woman,” Christine says. “Even though she worked in an office all her life, she was an artist through and through. She shared everything she knew about color—in painting and in life. Her wisdom and talent still inspire me today.” She has illustrated many picture books, including The Other Dog by Madeline L’Engle and The Very Fairy Princess series by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton. Christine lives in Paris, France.

Simon at the Art Museum
The Stars Just Up the Street
Emily Writes
Snowy Race
The Other Dog
These Little Piggies Go to the Beach
Poetry for Kids: Emily Dickinson
Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still
Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein
Piper Reed, Forever Friend

Most Popular Christine Davenier Books

    Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still
    Karlin Gray, Christine Davenier
    The Other Dog
    Madeleine L’Engle, Christine Davenier
    Poetry for Kids: Emily Dickinson
    Emily Dickinson, Susan Snively, Christine Davenier
    The Very Fairy Princess
    Christine Davenier
    These Little Piggies Go to the Beach
    Amy E. Sklansky, Christine Davenier
    Emily Writes
    Jane Yolen, Christine Davenier

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All Christine Davenier Books


Karlin Gray
Madeleine L’Engle
Emily Dickinson
Susan Snively
Amy E. Sklansky
Jane Yolen
Kimberly Willis Holt
Andrea Troyer
Amanda Peet
Cari Best
Susan Marie Swanson
Christina Soontornvat
Sue Soltis
April Jones Prince
Elissa Haden Guest

Book Dedications by Christine Davenier

  • For my dear Judy Sue, who made me discover Emily Dickinson
    Emily Writes
  • For my dear daughter, Josephine
    Simon at the Art Museum


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