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Jennifer L. Holm  

Three-Time Newbery Honor-Winning & New York Times Bestselling Author

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

Holm started her career in television and later began to write. "Our Only May Amelia" became her first published novel and was a 2000 Newbery Honor Book. Holm also has written a series featuring Jane Peck, "The Creek", "Babymouse and Squis" series, and "The Stink Files" series. "Penny from Heaven" was a 2007 Newbery Honor recipient. "Turtle in Paradise" was a 2011 Newbery Honor recipient. "Babymouse for President" won the 2013 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Early Readers.

"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.

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Get Graphic

Kid-friendly comics are making a huge comeback in libraries and schools. Jennifer will discuss how she and her brother, Matt, create their critically-acclaimed graphic novel series Babymouse, and their new pond scum-green series, Squish –and how COMICS can inspire kids to read.

It Takes a Family

Jennifer will discuss how her family's interesting and varied history inspired her three Newbery Honor-winning books — Our Only May Amelia, Penny From Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise.

Take Notes

Inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places— from an old note passed in class to finding a scorpion in a shoe. Jennifer will discuss how various unusual items have inspired her award-winning novels.

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