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. In May 2019, Scholastic will publish the first of a three-book series called A Crabby Book: Hello, Crabby! in their new Acorn line.

Also upcoming with Penguin Workshop: I Will Race You Through This Book; After Squidnight and an as yet-unnamed book.

My latest leveled reader, Please, No More Nuts! was published in Jan. 2018 as a follow-up to We Need More Nuts! which came out in September 2017 (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.