Matthew Holm

Co-creator of two critically-acclaimed and award-winning graphic novel series for children, Babymouse and Squish

  • About Matthew Holm

    Matthew Holm is the co-creator of two critically-acclaimed and award-winning graphic novel series for children, Babymouse and Squish. Together with his sister, author Jennifer L. Holm, the pair created both graphic novel series, and raised the profile of the graphic novel in children’s literature, as well as proved how important graphic novels can be in getting children to learn to read. With a combined total of 1.6 million copies in print in all formats, both Babymouse and Squish have become staples on classroom and library shelves across the country, and have enticed even the most reluctant readers into reading for pleasure.

    Matthew enjoys speaking at schools, libraries, and conferences across the country, and has been doing this both solo, and jointly with his sister. His enthusiasm for his profession and the books he has created acts as a wonderful catalyst for discussion about the literary world and the role that graphic novels play in it, as well as entertains and encourages children to become lovers of reading.

    In addition to his job as an illustrator, Matt is also a professional graphic designer and the Consulting Creative Director for Hot Knife Design, Inc., of Boston, Mass. He lives in Portland, Ore., with his wife and dog.

  • Speaking Topics

    This Is Babymouse!

    Matthew Holm talks about how he became a children's book creator, how he and his sister, Jennifer, developed the award-winning graphic novel series, Babymouse, and how they work on a book from start to finish.

    What's a Graphic Novel, and What's It Doing in My Classroom?

    Babymouse co-creator Matthew Holm takes you through the history of comics and graphic novels and shows how they can help kids learn to read—and keep reading!

    Fun Ways to Teach with Graphic Novels

    Babymouse co-creator Matthew Holm shares hands-on activities you can use in the classroom or library to teach kids about graphic novels.

    Graphic Novels Two Ways

    In this nuts-and-bolts lecture for publishing professionals, author/Illustrator Matthew Holm takes you through the creative process he and his sister, Jennifer, use to create their two graphic novel series: Babymouse and Squish. Learn about how this team writes and lays out their comics for kids, and then see how the final art for the two series-each with a different look-comes together through different techniques and technology.

    Mastering Author Visits

    Are you an author or illustrator who dreads having to stand in front of a room full of fidgeting schoolkids? Looking for more activities to fill out your bag of tricks? Matthew Holm, co-creator of the Babymouse series of graphic novels, lets you in on a few of his trade secrets for conducting successful school and library visits. He'll cover activities that are suitable for Art classes, for English or Reading classes, and for large assemblies or libraries.

  • Video

  • Praise for Matthew Holm

    Jennifer and Matthew Holm were so much fun! They captivated and engaged the audience at their joint presentation, with the kids shouting out responses. We (Dallas collectively) fell in love with them.

    Dallas Museum of Art

    Matt Holm was a complete joy from the moment he signed on to do the Southern Kentucky Book Fest. His enthusiasm and ability to engage both children and adults was a wonderful addition to our event, and we would welcome Matt back to Kentucky any time he would like to visit us again.

    Southern Kentucky Festival of Books

    Praise for Babymouse #3: Beach Babe

    Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!

    The Chicago Sun-Times

    Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!

    The Horn Book (starred review)

    Praise for Babymouse #16: Babymouse for President

    Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!

    The Chicago Sun-Times

    Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!

    The Horn Book (starred review)

    Praise for Babymouse #17: Extreme Babymouse

    Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!

    The Chicago Sun-Times

    Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!

    The Horn Book (starred review)

    Praise for Babymouse #2: Our Hero

    Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!

    The Chicago Sun-Times

    Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!

    The Horn Book (starred review)

    Praise for Babymouse #15: A Very Babymouse Christmas

    Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!

    The Chicago Sun-Times

    Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!

    The Horn Book (starred review)

    Praise for Babymouse #14: Mad Scientist

    Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!

    The Chicago Sun-Times

    Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!

    The Horn Book (starred review)

    Praise for Babymouse #1: Queen of the World!

    Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!

    The Chicago Sun-Times

    Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!

    The Horn Book (starred review)

    Praise for Babymouse #8: Puppy Love

    Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!

    The Chicago Sun-Times

    Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!

    The Horn Book (starred review)

    Praise for Babymouse #5: Heartbreaker

    Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!

    The Chicago Sun-Times

    Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!

    The Horn Book (starred review)

    Praise for Babymouse #13: Cupcake Tycoon

    Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!

    The Chicago Sun-Times

    Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!

    The Horn Book (starred review)

    Praise for Babymouse #9: Monster Mash

    Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!

    The Chicago Sun-Times

    Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!

    The Horn Book (starred review)

    Praise for Babymouse #4: Rock Star

    Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!

    The Chicago Sun-Times

    Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!

    The Horn Book (starred review)

    Praise for Babymouse #7: Skater Girl

    Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!

    The Chicago Sun-Times

    Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!

    The Horn Book (starred review)

    Praise for Babymouse #11: Dragonslayer

    Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!

    The Chicago Sun-Times

    Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!

    The Horn Book (starred review)

    Praise for Babymouse #10: The Musical

    Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!

    The Chicago Sun-Times

    Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!

    The Horn Book (starred review)

    Praise for Babymouse #6: Camp Babymouse

    Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!

    The Chicago Sun-Times

    Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!

    The Horn Book (starred review)

    Praise for Babymouse #12: Burns Rubber

    Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!

    The Chicago Sun-Times

    Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!

    The Horn Book (starred review)
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  • 212 572-2013
  • Matthew Holm travels from Portland, OR

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