Jennifer L. Holm

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Jennifer L. Holm
American Association of School Librarians conference, 2017
American Association of School Librarians conference, 2017
Born1968 (age 50–51)
California, US
OccupationWriter and illustrator
Notable works
  • Babymouse
  • Squish
  • The Stink Files
  • Our Only May Amelia
  • Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf
  • Turtle in Paradise
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish

Jennifer L. Holm is an American children's writer, and recipient of three Newbery Honors and the Eisner Award.[1][2]


Holm, born in 1968,[3] in California[4] was raised in Audubon, Pennsylvania with her four brothers. After graduating from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, she worked in television and later began to write.[3] Our Only May Amelia, the story of a 12-year-old girl living in the late 19th century, inspired by a diary written by her great aunt, became her first published novel and was a 2000 Newbery Honor Book. Holm also has written a series featuring Jane Peck, a young woman living in the 1850s (Boston Jane: An Adventure, Boston Jane: Wilderness Days and Boston Jane: The Claim); The Creek, a horror thriller; Babymouse and Squish, series of graphic novels for children illustrated by her brother Matthew; and The Stink Files, a series co-written with her husband Jonathan Hamel featuring James Edward Bristlefur, a cat raised by a British secret agent who is adopted by an American family and renamed Mr. Stink after his owner is murdered. Penny from Heaven, a story set in the 1950s featuring an 11-year-old Italian-American girl, was a 2007 Newbery Honor recipient. Turtle in Paradise, which is set in the Great Depression in Key West, Florida, was a 2011 Newbery Honor recipient. Babymouse for President won the 2013 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7).

Our Only May Amelia has been adapted for the stage by John Olive. The River Theater in Astoria, Oregon performed it for its 2006 summer run, in conjunction with FinnFest USA '06. The events of the play (and book) were set just north of Astoria in Naselle, Washington.

Personal life[edit]

As of 2013, Holm lives in Foster City, California with her husband and two children.[4]


Standalone novels[edit]

Goldfish series[edit]

  • The Fourteenth Goldfish (2014)
  • The Third Mushroom (2018)


  • Sunny Side Up (2015) - Illustrated by Matthew Holm and Colored by Lark Pien
  • Swing it, Sunny (2017) - Illustrated by Matthew Holm and Colored by Lark Pien
  • Sunny Rolls the Dice (2019) - Illustrated by Matthew Holm and Colored by Lark Pien

May Amelia series[edit]

  • Our Only May Amelia (1999) - Newbery Honor
  • The Trouble with May Amelia (2011), Illustrations by Adam Gustavson

Our Only May Amelia can be found in the Newbery Great Girls Boxed Set (1999) along with three other Newbery Winners.

Boston Jane novel series[edit]

  1. Boston Jane: An Adventure (2001)
  2. Wilderness Days (2002)
  3. The Claim (2004)

Key West[edit]

  • Turtle in Paradise (2010) - Newbery Honor
  • Full of Beans (2016) - a prequel from the perspective of Turtle's cousin, Beans.

Ginny Davis series[edit]

Illustrated by Elicit Castaldi

  1. Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff (2007)
  2. Eighth Grade is Making Me Sick: Ginny Davis's Year In Stuff (2012)

The Stink Files series[edit]

In collaboration with Jonathan Hamel, Illustrated by Brad Weinman

Babymouse series[edit]

Graphic novels, in collaboration with Matthew Holm

  1. Queen of the World! (2005)
  2. Our Hero (2005)
  3. Beach Babe (2006)
  4. Rock Star (2006)
  5. Heartbreaker (2006)
  6. Camp Babymouse (2007)
  7. Skater Girl (2007)
  8. Puppy Love (2007)
  9. Monster Mash (2008)
  10. Babymouse: The Musical (2009)
  11. Dragonslayer (2009)
  12. Babymouse Burns Rubber (2010)
  13. Cupcake Tycoon (2010)
  14. Mad Scientist (2011)
  15. A Very Babymouse Christmas (2011)
  16. Babymouse for President (2012)
  17. Extreme Babymouse (2013)
  18. Happy Birthday, Babymouse (2014)
  19. Bad Babysitter (2015)
  20. Babymouse Goes for the Gold (2016)


  • Babymouse Collection Books 1-13

Babymouse Tales From the Locker[edit]

Graphic novels, illustrated by Matthew Holm

  1. Lights, Camera, Middle School! (July 4, 2017), ISBN 978-0399554384
  2. Miss Communication (July 24, 2018), ISBN 978-0399554414
  3. School-Tripped (July 29, 2019), ISBN 978-0399554452

Little Babymouse[edit]

Picture book, illustrated by Matthew Holm

Squish series[edit]

Graphic novels, in collaboration with Matthew Holm

  1. Squish: Super Ameoba (2011)
  2. Squish: Brave New Pond (2011)
  3. Squish: The Power Of The Parasite (2012)
  4. Squish: Captain Disaster (2012)
  5. Squish: Game On! (2013)
  6. Squish: Fear the Amoeba (2014)
  7. Squish: Deadly Disease of Doom (2015)
  8. Squish: Pod vs. Pod (2016)
  9. Squish: Captain Amoeba(2017)

My First Comics[edit]

Illustrated by Matthew Holm

  • I'm Grumpy (2016)
  • I'm Sunny (2016)
  • I'm Silly (2017)
  • I'm Scared (2017)

Comic book anthology[edit]

  • Comics Squad: Recess! (2014) Edited by Jennifer L. Holm
    • "The Super-Secret Ninja Club" by Gene Luen Yang
    • "Book 'Em, Dog Man!" by Dav Pilkey
    • "Betty and the Perilous Pizza Day" by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
    • "The Magic Acorn" by Ursula Vernon
    • "Babymouse: The Quest for Recess" by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
    • "Jiminy Sprinkles in 'Freeze Tag'" by Eric Wight
    • "300 Words" by Dan Santat
    • "The Rainy Day Monitor" by Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman
  • Comics Squad #2: Lunch! (2016) Edited by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
    • "Crazy Little Thing Called Lunch!" by Cece Bell
    • "Snoopy in...Lunchtime Beagle" by Peanuts
    • "Babymouse: Lunch Table Champion" by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
    • "The Case of the Missing Science Project" by Jason Shiga
    • "Pikput & Cullen in...Worst Day Ever!" by Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon
    • "Lucy & Andy Neanderthal: Cave Soup" by Jeffrey Brown
    • "Lunch Bomb 1943" by Nathan Hale
    • "Lunch Girl and the Ominous Origin" by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Anthology contributions[edit]

  • Shelf Life: Stories by the Book (2003), edited by Gary Paulson
    • Contains "Follow the Water" by Jennifer L. Holm
  • Friends: Stories about New Friends, Old Friends, and Unexpectedly True Friends (2005)
    • Contains "My Best Friend" by Jennifer L. Holm

Book introductions[edit]

  • Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery (originally published 1909) - Introduction
  • Too Much Information by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes (2012) - Foreword

Selected awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present". American Library Association. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Will Eisner Award past Winners". Comic Con Eisner Awards. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  3. ^ a b "Jennifer L. Holm (1968-) Biography". Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  4. ^ a b Random House Speakers Bureau, "Jennifer L. Holm". Accessed December 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "84th Annual California Book Awards Winners".

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