Little Houses


Author: Kevin Henkes


Illustrator: Laura Dronzek



From award-winning husband-and-wife team Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek, Little Houses is an unforgettable masterpiece about nature, family, wonder, and the ocean. The lyrical, informative text and stunning paintings make this a spectacular seasonal picture book as well as a great choice for family sharing and story times all year round.

When a young girl visits her grandparents at the beach, she stays in a little house and walks along the shore gathering seashells—which were once little houses of their own. As she wanders the beach, she wonders about the creatures who used to live in each shell, about the hidden treasures of the sea, and about what it would be like to know the answers to everything.

Kevin Henkes’s text features striking imagery, depth of emotion, and a lovely multigenerational relationship. He deftly captures the feeling of wonder and imagination that is fostered by a trip to the shore. And pairing Henkes’s text with Laura Dronzek’s lush, saturated paintings makes this book a true treasure for parents and children and a must-have in the classroom.