Jonathan Fenske
Children's Book Author + Illustrator + Artist

On the summit of La Plata Peak in Colorado (14,360').

On the summit of La Plata Peak in Colorado (14,360').

I am the author and illustrator of the children's picture books, I'm Fun, Too! (the first-ever LEGO® picture book), Plankton Is Pushy and Barnacle Is Bored. New titles include the first of a three-book series called A Crabby Book: Hello, Crabby! (from Scholastic’s new Acorn imprint.)

Penguin Workshop just published I Will Race You Through This Book! Coming up in 2020, Penguin Workshop will publish After Squidnight and another book. After Squidnight features hand-drawn paintings made with ink (squids, get it?) and was great fun to illustrate. Scholastic will also publish another LEGO® book that I have written and illustrated.

My latest leveled reader, Please, No More Nuts! was published in 2018 as a follow-up to We Need More Nuts!  (Penguin USA).

I am also the author/illustrator of A Pig, A Fox and Stinky Socks, a follow-up to my 2016 Geisel Honor Book, A Pig, A Fox, and A Box. 

We Need More Nuts! and A Pig, A Fox, and Stinky Socks were selected for the Best of the Best Books 2017 by the Chicago Public Library. 

I've also written and illustrated additional young readers with Penguin USA: Woodward and McTweeLove Is in the Air, and Guppy Up!

As a gallery artist, I have exhibited my paintings all over the United States. My paintings have appeared on, in New American Paintings, on and in numerous regional newspapers and publications. My work is also in collections such as the Booth Western Museum and the Arthur Blank Family Foundation.

Reading books to my own children has been one of the best experiences of my life. Watching them dive into books and sharing the adventures of their favorite characters was the impetus for writing and illustrating my own stories. 

I have a BFA in Sculpture from Clemson University. I make my home in Greenville, SC with my wife, Jennifer, and three daughters.