Kenard Pak

Kenard Pak is an award-winning author and illustrator. In the past two years, he has illustrated books written by two Newbery Medal-winning authors. One is Patricia MacLachlan's personal, poignant story of a beautiful red barn and the people who called it home. THE 100-YEAR BARN was a Bank Street Best Book of 2020. The other is Lois Lowry's ON THE HORIZON, a moving account of the lives lost in two of WWII’s most infamous events: Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. ON THE HORIZON received many starred reviews and much critical acclaim. Kenard's own seasons-themed author/illustrator series is published by Macmillan. The SCBWI awarded Kenard the 2018 Golden Kite Award for GOODBYE AUTUMN, HELLO WINTER in the Picture Book Illustration category. Kenard is also the illustrator of MAUD AND GRANDMAUD by Sara O'Leary, 10 WAYS TO HEAR SNOW by Cathy Camper (an indie bestseller), THE DINNER THAT COOKED ITSELF by J. C. Hsyu, and THE FOG by Kyo Maclear. Kenard's most recent award was from the American Library Association, who named OHANA MEANS FAMILY, written by Ilima Loomis, a Notable Book of 2020. Kenard lives in San Francisco with his wife, their young daughter, and three cats.

Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?
The Dinner That Cooked Itself
Flowers are Calling 
When the World is Dreaming
The Fog
Cat Wishes
I Wonder
The 100 Year Barn
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter
Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring
Ohana Means Family
On the Horizon

Maud and Grand-Maud
10 Ways to Hear Snow

The Kidnap Plot
My Life with the Liars
The Poet’s Dog
Forever, or a Long, Long Time
Ebb & Flow
The Night Garden
The Extraordinary Journeys of Clockwork Charlie series
A Shared Secret




2021 CCBC Choice (Ohana Means Family)
2021 CCBC Choice (On the Horizon)
2021 Indie Bestseller (10 Ways to Hear Snow)
2021 American Library Association Notable Children’s Book (Ohana Means Family)
2021 CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People (Ohana Means Family)
2020 Kirkus Best Book of the Year (Ohana Means Family)
2020 New York Public Library Best Book of the Year (Ohana Means Family)
2020 NPR Best Book of the Year (10 Ways to Hear Snow)
2020 Powell’s Best Book of the Year (10 Ways to Hear Snow)
2020 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year (The Hundred-Year Barn)
2019 Amazon Editor’s Pick (I Wonder)
2018 SCBWI Golden Kite award (Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter)
2017 Kirkus Best Book of the Year (The Fog)
2017 Quill & Quire Best Book of the Year (The Fog)
2017 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Summer (The Fog)
2017 The Children’s Book Review Best New Picture Books (The Fog)
2017 Canadian Children’s Book News Best Book of the Year (The Fog)
2014 New York Public Library selection, Magnificent Children’s Books of the Year (Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?)



Goodbye Spring, Hello Summer (Macmillan, season tbd)
Leo & Lea (Scholastic, season tbd)
Loving Wild Things (Macmillan, season tbd)
On a Summer Night (Chronicle, Spring 2024)

watercolor, paper, pencil, ink, digital

hills, clouds, rain, baseball, bikes