Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

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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Emma's Circus

Emma's Circus

Candace Fleming; illustrations by Christine Davenier
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Emma has never been to a circus, so she is especially excited to see a circus parade in town. But her father says she can't go and see it—they have to get their farm ready for winter. So instead...the...

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A Day with Miss Lina's Ballerinas

A Day with Miss Lina's Ballerinas

My Readers

Grace Maccarone, Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Square Fish
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 keep dancing wherever they go.

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Piper Reed, Forever Friend

Piper Reed, Forever Friend

Piper Reed

Kimberly Willis Holt; illustrations by Christine Davenier
Square Fish
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 accepted in her new surroundings. But then...

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Miss Lina's Ballerinas and the Wicked Wish

Miss Lina's Ballerinas and the Wicked Wish

Grace Maccarone; Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Feiwel & Friends
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," she explained,...

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Piper Reed, Rodeo Star

Piper Reed, Rodeo Star

Piper Reed

Kimberly Willis Holt; Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Square Fish
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 sisters will be visiting their two sets of...

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Samantha on a Roll

Samantha on a Roll

Linda Ashman, Pictures by Christine Davenier
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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? Well, this girl isn't waiting....

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Piper Reed, Campfire Girl

Piper Reed, Campfire Girl

Piper Reed

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

Piper Reed, Navy Brat

Piper Reed

Kimberly Willis Holt; Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Square Fish
Square Fish

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

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Piper Reed, Clubhouse Queen

Piper Reed, Clubhouse Queen

Piper Reed

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

Piper Reed, Party Planner

Piper Reed

Kimberly Willis Holt; Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Square Fish
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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Miss Lina's Ballerinas
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Miss Lina's Ballerinas

Grace Maccarone; Christine Davenier, illustrator
Feiwel & Friends
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 even while doing their schoolwork....

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Piper Reed Gets a Job

Piper Reed Gets a Job

Piper Reed

Kimberly Willis Holt, illustrated by Christine Davenier
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Piper Reed and her fellow Gypsy Club members are in need of a clubhouse. Raising money to buy one proves a challenge. Piper, being the resourceful fifth grader that she is, launches her own party-planning...

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Me I Am!

Me I Am!

Jack Prelutsky; Pictures by Christine Davenier
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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...

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Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen

Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen

Cari Best; Pictures by Christine Davenier
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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 best friend. But...

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