Jonathan Fenske

Jon is the 2019 recipient of the Joy of Reading Focus Fellowship, awarded to an artist whose work celebrates diversity and inspires kindness, laughter, and the love of reading.


Jonathan Fenske is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including I'm Fun, Too! (the first-ever LEGO® picture book), Plankton Is Pushy (a Spring 2017 Junior Library Guild selection) and Barnacle Is Bored. His early reader A Pig, A Fox, and A Box was a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor winner, and his early readers 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. In May 2019, Scholastic will publish the first of a three-book series called A Crabby Book: Hello, Crabby! in their new Acorn line.


Jonathan lives in South Carolina with his wife and three daughters, and spends his free time running trails and climbing mountains.