Karyn Henley

Award-winning author Karyn Henley has written over 100 titles, which include a mix of children’s books and articles, parent-teacher books, articles, and curricula, and preschool musicals and CD’s/DVD’s of original music for children. An accomplished songwriter, Karyn has been a Dove Award nominee, and received a regional Emmy Award as Music Composer for a Christmas television special. She has traveled worldwide speaking to parents and teachers and entertaining children and their families in storytelling/active movement sessions and concerts. Most of her work has been in the area of spiritual development. She is best known as the author of the original version of The Beginner’s Bible, which during the fifteen years it was in print (1989-2004), sold over 5 million copies and was translated into 17 languages.

A graduate of Abilene Christian University (BSEd), Karyn received a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2004. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Karyn’s debut line of YA fantasy novels is entitled Angelaeon Circle. The first release in the series is Breath of Angel, published by WaterBrook Multnomah in 2011, followed by Eye of the Sword in 2012. The third title in the series, Throat of the Night, was released March 2013.


2001 Selected as one of the top ten people who have changed the face of children’s ministry during the past ten years, by Children’s Ministry Magazine.
1999 Silver medallion Award, Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association, God’s Story (retitled: Day by Day Kids Bible)
1997 Excellence in Children’s Ministry Award, Children’s Pastors’ Conference
1996 Gold Sales Award, South Africa (ASAMI) for My First Hymnal
1995 Dove Award Nomination, Best Children’s Album, My First Hymnal
1991 Gold Book Award, EV Christian Publishers Association, The Beginner’s Bible
1990 Emmy Award, Mid-South Region, Music Composer: Snowbird’s Forgotten Christmas
1987 Silver Angel Award, Religion in Media, Dovetales
1980 Outstanding Science Book for 1980, The National Science Teacher’s Association, Hatch!

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