A video interview with

Jennifer Holm

Jennifer Holm has always loved reading. She recalls this: "One of our neighbors said that his clearest memory of me as a child was watching me rake the lawn one-handed while I read a book with the other!” Holm has co-authored a series of graphic novels featuring a mouse (Babymouse) and an amoeba (Squish) and created a feline version of James Bond (The Stink Files). She has also published several Newbery Honor-winning historical fiction novels for middle grade readers inspired by stories from her own family.

You can watch the interview below, view the interview transcript, read a short biography of Jennifer Holm, or see a selected list of her children's books.


Holm grew up in Audubon, Pennsylvania with four brothers  — including her co-author Matt Holm. After college, Holm worked briefly in television although she was always interested in writing. 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. She received a second Newbery Honor in 2011 for Turtle in Paradise, a story set in the Great Depression in Key West, Florida. With her brother Matt, she created two popular graphic novel series — Babymouse and Squish (an amoeba). 

Holm has also collaborated with her husband, Jonathan Hamel, to create the "Stink Files" series featuring a British super-spy, who also happens to be a cat. Holm currently lives in California with Hamel and their two children.

Learn more at Jennifer Holm’s official website.

"So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away. And in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall." — Roald Dahl