Monday, November 10, 2014

Flying to Fairfax!

Hey, Washington, D.C. area friends -- I'm heading your way!

I'll be doing an event at the Fairfax County Government Center's Board Auditorium (12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.) this Friday, November 14 at 7:30 pm.

I'll be chatting about Babymouse and Squish and THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH. You need to sign up online to attend. Go HERE to r.s.v.p.!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 27, 2014


I've had such a wonderful time being part of the The Global Read Aloud that I wanted to take part -- and read aloud the last chapter of THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH.

Monday, October 6, 2014


I'm so excited because today is the kick-off for Global Read Aloud 2014!! 

Kids all around the world will be reading the same book and connecting with other classrooms! How great is that? 

And I'm so thrilled and honored that one of the books kids and educators will be reading is THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH.

Follow the fun on twitter at #GRAGoldfish. I will be responding to tweets and answering questions from students. It's always a great time to read aloud!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Do tweens read?

Why, YES, they do! In fact, most of my readers are tweens. :-) 

So I'm especially thrilled to be part of the TWEENS READ FESTIVAL this Saturday in Houston, Texas! Come on by with the tween you love and listen to a bunch of authors who remember what it's like to not have your driver's license yet. 

I'll be talking about THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH.

Hope to see you!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

This is going to get a little mushy ...

So, this is going to be kind of rambling. Because *this* happened today:

THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH obviously isn't the first book I've written. But it was, hands-down, the most difficult. This book was a beast to write. A snarling animal who would have flunked out of obedience school. It took over four years, and countless drafts (I literally stopped counting). I almost threw in the towel so many times. I had some incredibly dark nights wondering what was wrong with me. I mean -- I completed college in less time than it took to finish this!! And I felt like I was breaking a whole lot of rules by attempting to do this book. After all, I write historical fiction and comics (my two great loves.) What was I thinking doing something involving science fiction? 

But I wrote this book because of my late father and I think he would have approved.  See, *he* was a bit of a rule-breaker and didn't follow a straight path. He was a Navy pilot and then became a pediatrician. He went from flying off air craft carriers to suturing kids -- talk about switching genres!

My dad, Navy flyboy.
Ultimately, THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH was my way of saying that I miss my dad and still think about him all the time. He was funny and had a dry sense of humor. He expressed his love by tapping my arm and saying "you have a nice intern vein right there." (An "intern vein" is the vein that even a newbie intern can thread an IV into in an emergency situation and save your life.) Yes, he knew where all the good veins were on all us kids. 

My Dad in his natural habitat, the doctor's office.
He loved medicine and science. And I do, too. His retired doctor's bag is in my closet and I've used his old otoscope to look in my own kid's ears. While I didn't follow his path and become a physician (seriously, what kid does what their mom or dad wants them to do?), I hope that this book will inspire other kids to go into science.

So, thanks for everything Dad and I hope you can at least get the digital edition in heaven. I'm sure there's email up there. And texting. And instagram. ;-)

Me. Future rule-breaker.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fourteenth Goldfish book tour begins!

I'm so excited to hit the road and introduce my new book to the world! 

This week I'm in the land of delicious peaches (I love peaches) -- Georgia! I'll be in Athens & Decatur.

THURSDAY, August 28 - Avid Bookshop!

TIME: 4:00 pm
493 Prince Avenue
Athens, Georgia

SATURDAY, August 30 - Decatur Book Festival

12:15 - PANEL "Great Books for New Readers"
Children's Stage


4:00 - PANEL "All the Girls in the World"


Hope to see you all there!

Monday, August 11, 2014

THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH -- chapter sampler!

We're getting excited around here for the release of my new novel: THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH! 

In advance of the release, Scribd has put up a chapter sampler HERE.

Check it out and read the whole book when it's published on August 26!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Team Babymouse will be heading  to San Diego tomorrow to attend the world-famous SDCC! Come on by and say "hi"!

“CBLDF Presents: Using Graphic Novels in Education”  
Room 30CDE

“Kids' Heroes, Capes and Journeys: Does One Size Fit All?”  
Room 29A 

10:00 – 10:30 
Viz Media Booth #2813

Random House Booth #1515 


9:00-10:00 AM
BABYMOUSE Meet & Greet
Random House Booth #1515

“Kids Draw! A Comics Live Drawing Panel” 
Room 30CDE
Autograph Area Signing, 11:30 – 12:00 PM 

“Panels & Pictures: A Graphic Novel Panel” 
 Room 32AB
Autograph Area Signing, 1:30 – 2:00

“Perfect Square presents: Making Kids Comics Awesome” 
Room 32AB

Thursday, May 22, 2014

BEA & BookCon!

I'm so excited to be heading to the Big Apple for BEA and BookCon

I'll be talking about my upcoming novel, THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH!

Here's where I'll be! Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 31 - BEA
3:30 - 4:45 PM CBC/ABC/ABA "Tea with Authors & Illustrators"
Jacob Javits Center
Location: 1E12/1E13

Saturday, June 1 -  BOOKCON
10:30 – 11:30 AM  SIGNING 
Jacob Javits Center
Location: Random House Booth #2839, Table 2
I will be signing ARCs of The Fourteenth Goldfish!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

We're crazy for Zita!

We're so psyched to be part of the Zita the Spacegirl Blog Tour!!

The final Zita book is out and it is awesome!

How can you not love a great girl like Zita? I know that Babymouse is BFF's with Zita!

Monday, April 21, 2014


Team Babymouse will be at C2E2 this weekend!

Come on out and see us!

Sunday, April 27

10:00 – 10:30 AM
Location: Random House Booth, #418
Details: We will be signing advance copies of Comics Squad: Recess! 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Room S404AB
Description: 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: Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm (Babymouse), Charles Brownstein (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund), Aaron Renier (The Unsinkable Walker Bean), Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son) and moderated by librarian John Schumacher.

12:15 – 1:15 PM
Details: Signing Babymouse and Squish as well as Happy Birthday Babymouse!) 

Friday, April 18, 2014

It's gonna be the party of the century!

Come join me on Saturday, May 3 to celebrate HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABYMOUSE & CALIFORNIA BOOKSTORE DAY at the Reading Bug!

There will be awesome birthday crafts and treats and a whole lot of messy whiskers!

WHEN: 2pm
WHERE: The Reading Bug
785 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hollywood, here we come!

Team Babymouse will be at the LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS on Sunday, April 8! 

We'll be on a panel and will be autographing our new book --

Here's our schedule--come by and say "hi"!

12:30 PM PANEL— Children's Books: Giggles & Guffaws
Annenberg Auditorium
Panelists: Tad Hills, Alan Sitomer, Jennifer L. Holm, Matt Holm and Aaron Reynolds
Moderator: Barbara Bottner

1:30 PM Booksigning - Mysterious Galaxy Booth #368

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

TLA - San Antonio!

I'm heading to TLA -- The Texas Library Association Conference -- in San Antonio, Texas next week. TLA is one of my favorite conferences! 

Here's where I will be speaking and signing:

Tuesday, April 8th 

2:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Children’s Round Table Program: 
“Animals Misbehaving: Being Bad Never Felt So Good” 
Featuring Jennifer L. Holm, Jim Benton, Peter Brown, Nick Bruel, Adam Rubin, and Aaron Reynolds 
Moderated by: Marianne Follis 
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center | Room 001A | River Level 

Wednesday, April 9th 

3:00 p.m. Random House Children's Books In-Booth Happy Birthday Babymouse Celebration! 
Featuring Jennifer L. Holm 
Random House will be giving out a select quantity of Happy Birthday, Babymouse! on a first come first served basis. Celebratory treats will be served!

Thursday, April 10th  

10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Children’s Round Table Program: 
“Be Book Cool! Join the Nerdy Book Club” 
Featuring Jennifer L. Holm, Kirby Larson, Tom Angleberger, John Schumacher, Colby Sharp, and Linda Urban  
Moderated by: Cynthia Alaniz, Coppell IS
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center | Room 217CD | Concourse Level 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Signing in the Author Signing Area, Aisle #7 

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Signing at Perma-Bound, Booth #1515 

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bookstore visits in Cali!

I'll be hitting some awesome California indie bookstores in the next few weeks to talk about Babymouse & Squish! Please come out and say "hi!"

Tuesday, January 14, 4:00 pm

7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
Suite 302
San Diego, CA

Click HERE for more info!

Tuesday, January 21, 7:00 p.m.

101 El Camino Road
Menlo Park, CA

Click HERE for details!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

I know 2014 is the Year of the Horse, but around here we're calling it ...

The Year of the Goldfish!

About the book: 

Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer.
Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far?
Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?
With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility.

Publishing date: August 24, 2014