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Jennifer L. Holm
Holm in 2017
Holm in 2017
Born 1968 (age 52–53)
California, U.S.
  • Writer
  • illustrator
Period 1999–present
Notable works
  • Babymouse
  • Squish
  • The Stink Files
  • Our Only May Amelia
  • Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf
  • Turtle in Paradise
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish
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Jennifer L. Holm is an American author. Her books include the Babymouse series, Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf, and The Fourteenth Goldfish.

Early life

Holm was born in California in 1968. She grew up in Audubon, Pennsylvania.  Her father, William W. Holm, was a pediatrician. Her mother, Beverly A. Holm, was a pediatric nurse.  She married Jonathan Hamel, who was both a writer and a computer programmer. She went to Dickinson College in 1990. She has two children, Will and Millie May.

Personal life

As of 2013, Holm lives in Foster City, California with her husband and two children.


  • Turtle in Paradise
  • Our Only May Amelia
  • Penny From Heaven
  • Boston Jane: An Adventure
  • Boston Jane: Wilderness Days
  • Boston Jane: The Claim
  • Babymouse: Queen of the World!
  • Babymouse: Our Hero!
  • Babymouse: Heartbreaker
  • Babymouse: Rock Star
  • Babymouse: Beach Babe!
  • Babymouse: Puppy Love
  • Babymouse: Camp Babymouse
  • Babymouse: Skater Girl
  • Babymouse: Monster Mash,
  • Babymouse for President
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish
  • Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf
  • The Postman Always Brings Mice
  • To Scratch a Thief
  • You Only Have Nine Lives
  • The Creek


Her awards include:

For Our Only May Amelia

  • Parents’ Choice Silver Award
  • The Best Book of the Year Designation
  • Newbery Honor
  • Notable Book Designation
  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies Designation
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • Utah Book Award
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award

For Boston Jane: An Adventure

  • Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Award
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults citation
  • Book Sense 76 Pick

For Penny From Heaven

  • Newbery Honor

For Baby Mouse:  Queen of the World!

  • Gryphon Award
  • ALA Notable Children’s Book
  • New York Book Show Awards

For Baby Mouse for President

  • Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for best publication for early readers
  • "Jennifer L. Holm." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2013. Biography in Context. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.
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