Christine Davenier

Christine Davenier
Louis Bourjac

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 Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best. She lives in Paris, France.


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A Day with Miss Lina's Ballerinas (My Readers Level 1)
My Readers
Grace Maccarone, Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Square Fish

The sun comes up, and Miss Lina’s ballerinas go to ballet class. They jump! They spin! They point their toes! But when class is over, Miss Lina’s ballerinas...


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Piper Reed, Forever Friend
Piper Reed
Kimberly Willis Holt; illustrations by Christine Davenier
Square Fish

Piper Reed is excited to move to a new state and catch up with old friends. But the move doesn’t go as smoothly as she expected: Piper has trouble feeling...


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Miss Lina's Ballerinas and the Wicked Wish

Grace Maccarone; Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Feiwel & Friends

Then one sunny day, a guest came to view Miss Lina’s ten dancers plié and tendu. Miss Lina announced, “This is Mister Brisé. He’ll watch you take class,”...


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Piper Reed, Rodeo Star
Piper Reed
Kimberly Willis Holt; Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Square Fish

Piper’s parents are going on vacation to France and not taking the whole family. What rotten luck! Still, Piper always looks on the bright side. The Reed...


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Miss Lina's Ballerinas and the Prince

Grace Maccarone; Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Feiwel & Friends

Miss Lina's ballerinas are back!


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Samantha on a Roll

Linda Ashman, Pictures by Christine Davenier
Margaret Ferguson Books

A New York Times Notable Children's Book for 2011 Samantha can't wait to try out her new roller skates, but Mama's too busy too help her. What's a girl to do?...


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Piper Reed, Navy Brat
Piper Reed
Kimberly Willis Holt; Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Square Fish

When a man joins the Navy, his family joins the Navy.


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Piper Reed, Party Planner
Piper Reed
Kimberly Willis Holt; Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Square Fish

Every club needs a clubhouse, and Piper Reed isn’t going to give up until the Gypsy Club has one!


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Piper Reed, Clubhouse Queen
Piper Reed
Kimberly Willis Holt; Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Square Fish

Piper is dead-set on winning the Gypsy Club Pet Show—if only her dog could learn a few tricks!


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Piper Reed, Campfire Girl
Piper Reed
Kimberly Willis Holt; illustrations by Christine Davenier
Square Fish

Piper’s family is going camping on Halloween, and she’s determined to make it a holiday to remember.


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Miss Lina's Ballerinas

Grace Maccarone; Christine Davenier, illustrator
Feiwel & Friends

In four rows of two, Miss Lina’s eight ballerinas—Christina, Edwina, Sabrina, Justina, Katrina, Bettina, Marina, and Nina—dance to the park, at the zoo, and...


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Nobody Here but Me

Judith Viorst; Pictures by Christine Davenier
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

It’s a little after four o’clock, and everyone’s busy. Mom’s on the phone, Dad’s checking e-mail, and Katie’s playing games with a friend. But there’s one...


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Me I Am!

Jack Prelutsky; Pictures by Christine Davenier
Melanie Kroupa Books

I am the only ME I AM who qualifies as me; no ME I AM has been before, and none will ever be. Three very different children reveal their individual...


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Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen

Cari Best; Pictures by Christine Davenier
Melanie Kroupa Books

I can pop a wheelie, I can touch the sky, I can pedal backwards, I can really fly! Sally Jean was born to ride. And her bicycle, Flash, is just about her...


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