Illustrator

Christine Davenier

Biography

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.

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Collaborators

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

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