Author of the Month: Jennifer L. Holm

Newbery Honor and Eisner Award winning author, Jennifer L. Holm has consistently produced stories that fly off of the children's shelves here at ELPL. Her graphic novel series (Babymouse, Squish, Sunny Side Up) appeal to children at a variety of reading levels and abilities, but they are particularly known for grabbing the attention of reluctant readers, and aiding in reading comprehension, vocabulary building, sequencing and developing all important critical thinking skills.

This month, Holm, who partners with her brother, illustrator, Matthew Holm, is releasing a brand new series, featuring a much more grown-up version of her famous Babymouse character. In Babymouse: Tales from the Locker, Babymouse is starting middle school, and after signing up for the film club (assuming the roles of both director and screenwriter), she realizes that the realities of making a movie are much different and more time intensive than she imagined. Themes of friendship and the advantages of teamwork and perseverance are all covered in this graphic novel for 8-12 year-olds.

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