All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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A video interview with

Matthew Holm

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Holm wanted to be a comic strip artist since he was a kid, and kept drawing throughout high school. At Pennsylvania State University, he took a detour and majored in English, but he never lost his interest in drawing and comics he was the political cartoonist for Penn State newspaper.

With his sister Jennifer Holm, he created two popular graphic novel series Babymouse and Squish (an amoeba). Prior to working on Babymouse, Holm spent eight years writing about kitchens (among other topics) for Country Living Magazine. His freelance work has included a great deal of science writing (which he also puts to use in the Squish series).

In addition to creating graphic novels for kids, Holm is the web creative director at Hot Knife Design. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and dog.

"When I'm not drawing mice or talking to educators or schoolchildren, I'm usually thinking about food."

Learn more at Matt Holm’s official website.

Selected Books

from Matthew Holm

Sunny Side Up

Age Level: 9-12

Sunny Lewin has been packed off to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer. Sunny meets Buzz, a boy who is completely obsessed with comic books, and soon they’re having adventures of their own: facing off against golfball-eating alligators, runaway cats, and mysteriously disappearing neighbors. But the question remains — why is Sunny down in Florida in the first place? The answer lies in a family secret that won’t be secret to Sunny much longer.

Buy Sunny Side Up