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, Plankton Is Pushy and Barnacle Is Bored (Scholastic). My latestbook, We Need More Nuts! was published in Sept. 2017 by Penguin USA. Earlier in 2017, Penguin also published A Pig, A Fox and Stinky Socks as a follow up to my Geisel Honor Book, A Pig, A Fox, and A Box. 

We Need More Nuts! and A Pig, A Fox, and Stinky Socks was selected for the Best of the Best Books 2017 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.

Client work includes Book Trust, Verizon, Room 214, GroundFloor Media, Nationwide, Home Depot, Telespine and 3W Races. 

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.