Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Be the Match

Earlier this year, I received an email from a friend of one of my fans. She wrote that her friend, Natalie, had been diagnosed with acute leukemia and was having a hard time in the hospital with the treatments. She was hoping I would consider sending a note of encouragement because Natalie was a huge Boston Jane fan.

I sent a package and connected with her family and have been following Natalie's progress ever since. She seemed to have been doing better but has since had a relapse and will now need a bone marrow transplant. No one in her immediate family is a match so they are hoping that someone in the Bone Marrow Registry Network will match with her. And they are encouraging her friends to please register.

Natalie is a beautiful and brave young lady with an incredible spirit, and I would like to help her as much as possible. And you can help, too.

Be the Match is a bone marrow registry that connects patients with life-saving bone marrow donors. It's easy to join. Just click HERE to find out how to join the registry.

Let's help Natalie overcome this so that she can grow up and make her own luck just like Jane. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Sometimes the best present you can give ...

Is a story

But it can be hard to get books into the hands of kids who really need them. Luckily, there is a terrific organization out there that provides access to new books for children in need...

From their website:

To date, First Book has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis.

Please consider donating to this wonderful organization. Or if you are working with programs and school serving kids in need, go HERE  to get more information about ordering books.

This is a present that will last a lifetime.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Forget Black Friday! It's all about ...

Small Business Saturday! 

This Saturday, November 30th, I will be a "guest bookseller" at two awesome children's book shops in California! Having authors as guest booksellers was the brain child of the incredible young adult author, Sherman Alexie.

I will be hand-selling my friends' books, signing my own books, and generally helping you get your shopping done for the holidays (hey, I did work at the Gap in high school). 

So come on out and support your local indie book store this Saturday!

SATURDAY, November 30

11:45 am -1:15 pm - The Reading Bug - 785 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA

2:30 - 4:30 - Hicklebee's - 1378 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125

Hope to see you Saturday!

Friday, November 22, 2013

NCTE is going to be NERD-tastic!

I'm heading to Boston to attend one of my favorite conferences -- NCTE! And why is it so great? Because it is full of nerds. (Nerds that love books, that is.)

The mission of the Nerdy Book Club is simple. From their website:

If you love books, especially those written for children and young adults, then you are an honorary member of The Nerdy Book Club. Like us, you probably always have a book along to read, a title to recommend, and time to talk about works held dear.

If you don't know The Nerdy Book Club, then you need to click here right now and meet some of the most passionate teachers and educators in children's literature today. It's a community of people who love books and love to get kids to read. 

And I get to be on a panel with one of the three founders of The Nerdy Book Club, the amazing Colby Sharp. Here's a brief video so you get an idea of how enthusiasm for books can change a classroom. 

Mr. Sharp and I will be talking about different ways for teachers to connect readers to book creators.

Here's the panel info:

Friday, November 22

2:30 – 3:45 PM Program: Relevance, Relationships, and Reading Lives: Fostering Students' Reading Engagement
Sheraton, Gardner Room, 3rd Floor

4:30 – 5:30 PM Random House Autographing
Hynes Convention Center, Booth #907

Saturday, November 23

9:00 – 10:00 AM Perma-Bound Autographing
Hynes Convention Center, Booth #1262

10:00 – 11:00 AM Anderson’s Bookshop Autographing
Hynes Convention Center, Booth #1631

So come say "hi" to me at NCTE! I'll be hanging with all the cool kids -- the nerds. (I guess you could say that I've found my people.)

Me. Nerdy then and now.

Monday, November 18, 2013

It's a word! It's a puzzle! It's a game!

Babymouse is a game ...  Pop the Pic Word Puzzle Game!

Reveal the comic book pictures piece by piece and try to guess the word.

It's available for free! Check it out on iTunes or at Google Play.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Put on your p.j.'s! It's time for AASL!

Team Babymouse is heading to AASL this weekend in Hartford, CT to hang out with some of the coolest people on the planet -- school librarians! (They know books.) 

We'll be presenting with some great comic book creators at the Author Breakfast on Sunday. Come say "hi"!

Saturday, November 16th 

9-10 a.m.    Signing with Matt Holm at the RHCB Booth, #318 
10-11a.m.   Signing with Matt Holm at Follett, Booth #501 
11-12 p.m.  Signing with Matt Holm at PermaBound, Booth #625 
12–1 p.m.    Signing with Matt Holm at Bound to Stay Bound, Booth #406 

Sunday, November 17th

9-11 a.m. AASL Author Breakfast 
Featuring Jenni Holm, Matt Holm, Jarrett Krosoczka, Erin Faith Hicks, and Raina Telgemeier 
Marriott Hotel | Main Ballroom | 200 Columbus Blvd. 
Signing immediately after.

A Storybook Night!

As the daughter of a U.S. Navy pilot/physician and a U.S. Navy nurse, I was humbled to be the Honorary Chair of the Storybook Ball for United Through Reading last weekend in San Diego.

What is United Through Reading? It's an incredible organization that helps connect the children of military parents who are stationed abroad by READING BOOKS. It's a simple, powerful, amazing idea! 

From the UTR website:

Our vision is that all children will feel the security of caring family relationships and develop a love of reading through the read aloud experience. United Through Reading is the nation’s first nonprofit to promote the read-aloud experience for separated military families.  United Through Reading offers deployed parents the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to their children which eases the stress of separation, maintains positive emotional connections and cultivates a love of reading.  At nearly 200 recording locations worldwide, Marines, Soldiers and Sailors, National Guard, Reservists and Airmen, can read to their children from units on ships, in tents in Afghanistan, on bases and installations around the world and at 70 USO centers worldwide.  Over one and a half million military parents, spouses and children have benefited from the program since its inception.

Please be sure to check out the United Through Reading website and be a hero by donating to this wonderful organization that keeps families together through reading!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Babymouse and Snoopy!!

Babymouse is going to meet one of her very favorite dogs in the world! That's right ... 


Team Babymouse will be at the awesomely fabulous Charles M. Schulz Museum next Saturday, October, 19!

Come on by and say "hi!" to Babymouse and the dog who made cartoon strips cool!

New York Comic Con!

Team Babymouse is heading to the Big Apple this weekend for New York Comic Con


SIGNING: Sunday, October 13 1:00-2:00 at the Random House booth

PANEL: Sunday, October 13 2:30-3:30 in 
Room 1A01
"Raising a Reader!"
An all-star panel of kids comics creators and educators discuss ways to get children excited about reading, encourage creativity and cultivate a love of literature using great graphic novels and comics. Speakers include: Charles Brownstein, Colleen AF Venable, Eric Wight, Jennifer Holm, Matt Phelan, Matthew Holm, Meryl Jaffe, Shana Corey.

Please come by and say "hi"!!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


THE STINK FILES: 001 THE POSTMAN ALWAYS BRINGS MICE is back in print as an e-book at amazon.com.

It has a great new cover courtesy of my talented brother, Matthew Holm!

Check it out! Books 002 & 003 will be coming to amazon.com soon so check back!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.!!

Team Babymouse is very excited to be heading to Washington, D.C. next weekend for the NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL!

We will be signing books, making a presentation, and hopefully waving hello to President Obama and Mrs. Obama. Here are the details:

Saturday, September 20

2:00-3:00  Signing Books
4:00-4:300 Presentation about Babymouse and Squish!

Oh, and Babymouse has a few suggestions ...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sometimes, a picture really does say more than words ...

With heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported our messy-whiskered mouse over the years!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

San Diego Comic-Con! (there will be pink tulle!)

Team Babymouse has touched down in San Diego for the world-famous Comic-Con!

We love Comic-con so much! It's super kid-friendly and a great place to meet favorite creators! My own children are currently "growing up" at SDCC. Some favorite folks they look forward to seeing every year are Larry Marder (Beanworld), James Burks (Bird & Squirrel), Dan Santat (Sidekicks), Raina Telgemeier (Drama), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Viz Media (Hello Kitty), and the whole kids group at Boom! Studios (we are big Peanuts fans!). 

Tomorrow I will be moderating a panel called "Raising a Reader!" It's being sponsored by CBLDF. Here are the deets! Hope to see you there!

CBLDF Presents: Raising a Reader! 
Friday, July 19th 12:00pm - 1:00 pm - ROOM 30CDE
An all-star panel of kids comics creators and educators discuss ways to get children excited about reading, encourage creativity, and cultivate a love of literature using great graphic novels and comics. Panelists include Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm (Babymouse), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Dave Roman (AstronautAcademy), Alex Fajardo (Peanuts), Charles Brownstein(CBLDF), and Meryl Jaffe (Johns Hopkins University). Q&A to follow.
And be sure to check out the amazing "Raising a Reader" resource!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summer Road Trip and Comics!

Mr. Schu over at Mr. Schu Reads will be hitting the road in a few weeks for his summer vacation with Babymouse!

So over here at Babymouse Central, we are getting pretty excited! We're already packing for the trip and have some summer-themed book suggestions perfect for a long road trip.

Team Babymouse will be road tripping to San Diego, CA for the world-famous San Diego Comic-Con! Stay tuned and we will be updating you on where to find us there in a few weeks.

Have a great summer and keep reading!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Squish at the READING BUG!

I'll be at the The Reading Bug in San Carlos on Tuesday, June 4 at 4:00 talking about SQUISH: GAME ON!

DATE: Tuesday, June 4
TIME: 4:00 PM
ADDRESS: 785 Laurel St., San Carlos, CA 94070

Come on by and say "hi!"

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

SQUISH: GAME ON bookday!

SQUISH: GAME ON is out today!

Perfect for summer reading in ponds everywhere.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


One week until SQUISH: GAME ON is published!

 And here's a little teaser sketch of one of the early pages ...


See you on May 28th!

Monday, May 6, 2013


Do amoebas and video games go together? And what is mitosis?

Find out in: SQUISH #5: GAME ON!

Look in the back to find out how to draw one of the Squish characters! 
Also includes instructions for a sensational science experiment you can do at home! 

Coming to stores (and ponds) everywhere May 28th!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Packing for TLA!

Team Babymouse will be at TLA this weekend in Fort Worth, Texas!


10:00 – 11:30 AM Autographing for Perma-Bound, Booth #1625

3:00 – 4:00 PM Autographing for Random House Children’s Books, Booth #1333


10:00 – 11:50 AM Program: Visually Speaking

Graphic novels – and other highly visual formats of storytelling – are important tools for developing readers of all ages. Authors who create in this genre discuss their work and process. The panel includes: Jenni & Matt Holm, Andy Griffiths, Jarrett Krosoczka, John Rocco, and Raina Telgemeier and will be moderated by Eva Volin.

Location: Convention Center, Room 204AB, Level 2

Come on by and say "hi!"

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Watch. Connect. Babymouse?

Some fun news for Babymouse came in today ...

Mr. Schu of http://mrschureads.blogspot.com/  is hitting the road with a book character this summer! And you can choose who gets to go on vacation with him. 

Guess who's on the shortlist ...


Click HERE to vote! Because you know Babymouse wants to see the Grand Canyon ... or maybe even outer space?

(Now that would be an interesting vacation to do a report on!)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Thanks, Parents Connect!

Babymouse just made the list of of 11 Great Books for Preteens at Nickelodeon's Parent's Connect site!

That deserves a Babymouse dance!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Great new stuff at Random House Kids!

Drumroll please ...  

Random House has a great new site up for Babymouse & Squish!

Lots of fun new features, including ...


Click HERE to check it out!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Tucson Festival of Books!

I'm excited to be part of the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend! All my events are on Saturday, March 9.

Here's the schedule of events I'll be attending:
Nerds, Aliens and Other Stuff
Panel / Sat 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Education Building - Kiva Auditorium

Wonderfully Wacky: Babymouse Meets Katie Kazoo and The Beaver Brothers  
Panel / Sat 2:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Education Building - Room 351

Drawing Babymouse & Squish!
Solo Presentation / Sat 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
McDonald's Story Blanket

Come on by and say "hi!"

Monday, February 25, 2013

Emerald City Comicon!

I'm packing for ... Emerald City Comicon!

I'll be on the "Raising a Reader" panel presented by the CBLDF on Saturday, March 2 at noon.  Joining me will be:

-Gene Ambaum (Unshelved)
-Charles Brownstein (Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund)
-Matt Holm  (Squish, Babymouse)
-Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy)
-Raina Telgemeier (Smile)

WHERE: Emerald City Comiccon
WHEN: Saturday, March 2
TIME: Noon
ROOM: 201

Bring your kids (or kids: bring your parents!) I think Squish will love being at such a "green" comics conference!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Babymouse gets Lucky!

BABYMOUSE: CUPCAKE TYCOON is getting some love at the Lucky Book Club at Scholastic!

Check out this great VIDEO CAST and then try your hand at the game below!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Lacey Loves to Read!

Hey Washington State folks --

I am thrilled to be involved in Lacey Loves to Read:

Throughout the month of February, the community is invited to read works by award winning author Jennifer L. Holm, and attend a special “Meet the Author” reception at the Lacey Community Center on Thursday, February 28, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The evening includes refreshments, great door prizes, and a book signing with the author.

For more information, check out this link and hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Got graphic novels?

Looking to build your classroom library or maybe even your home bookshelf with some great graphic novels for kids?

The brilliant folks from ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the ALA) have published a terrific CORE COLLECTION LIST OF GRAPHIC NOVELS

The list includes a lot of favorites from around our house, including Benny & Penny, Johnny Boo, Lunch Lady, Drama, and Cardboard.

Check it out! It's always fun to fall into a great graphic novel!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Come see Babymouse at The Bug!

EXTREME BABYMOUSE will be hitting the shelves this month and I'll be at the Bug (The Reading Bug, that is!) on January 13 at 2pm to talk about my, er, snowscapades.

Come on by and say "hi!"

WHEN: Sunday, January 13 at 2pm
WHERE: The Reading Bug
785 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA 94070 #650-591-0100