Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Vampoodle: hairy, but not too scary

Vampoodle is my early reader (Pre-K - 1)
follow-up to Shampoodle
with Tim Bowers (love his cute dogs)!
Buy link: mywebsite

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017


A thank you from Hammer & friends to readers 
who made this happen.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

TOOL SCHOOL picture book (Oh the Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop)

Looking for a new Back-To-School book?
 Cooperation builds friendships and fun.

from the creators of the
New York Times bestselling MIGHTY DADS
  • Giveaway starts at 12:00 pm (NOON ET) on WEDNESDAY August 9, 2017 and ends on WEDNESDAY August 23, 2017 at 11:59 pm (ET). Shipping to U.S. only. 
  • Unless otherwise stated, giveaways on this blog are open to U.S. residents 18 years old and older.
  • No purchase is necessary to win.  Void where prohibited.  Odds of winning depend on the number of entries collected.
  • Winner(s) need to make sure to use a valid email address. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond to the email.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Winners must respond using the email address used to enter the giveaway.
  • Winner(s) may be announced on the Rafflecopter in the giveaway post AFTER the winner has been verified by email. The winner will be chosen by the Rafflecopter widget Random.org via Rafflecopter. You must enter via the tasks in the Rafflecopter.  Commenting will not enter you in a giveaway. I do check to make sure that the winner has completed the task. If not, a new winner will be chosen.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A trip to New York City & books galore!

Just got back from visiting some of my favorite editors in New York. These are just some of the books I scored since I haven't fully unpacked yet. I was thrilled to get my hands on my first copy of my new picture book with James Dean -- Tool School -- while at Scholastic. I hadn't seen these little busy-builder tools yet in final hardcover form since it pubs in July, and it was saw, er, SO exciting! And lunch with Anna DiVito netted me her new book with Kathleen Krull, America's First Ladies. What an exciting day!

Tool School & Vampoodle in July

It's the first day of school for these busy-builder tools.
Tool School is my second book with the amazing James Dean.
(Mighty Dads was our first book.)
Vampoodle is the follow-up to Shampoodle
with Tim Bowers, who creates oodles of cute dogs!
Both publish one month from today, July 27, 2017.
Buy links are at my website.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Mighty Dads (now in board book) hits 100!

Just in time for a
Happy Father's Day, June 19, 2016!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Film rights to Goddess Girls series optioned to Universal!

So excited to finally be able to announce this happy news!

The middle grade / tween series is published 
by Aladdin / Simon and Schuster. 
Here's the Goddess Girls link at the publisher.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Goodreads board book Giveaway: This Little Prsident

Goodreads Book Giveaway

This Little President by Joan Holub

This Little President

by Joan Holub

Giveaway ends April 16, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Autographed board book! THIS LITTLE PRESIDENT, A Presidential Primer by Joan Holub illus by Daniel Roode. Enter for a chance to win!

A board book about the US presidents for little leaders-in-training! Highlighting ten of the most memorable presidents—and featuring all forty-four on the last page—this colorful bouncy primer presents just enough basic and age-appropriate facts about the presidents, their accomplishments, and White House history!

Leading our country.
Helping you and me.
Keeping all fifty states
safe, happy, and free.

Little presidents have a great big job.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Goddess Girls: Hestia the Invisible giveaway hop

I'm giving away 3 autographed copies 
of the newest Goddess Girls book in the hop (hosted by
I Am a Reader Not A Writer & Bookhounds):
Publication Date: December 2015
Publisher: Aladdin / Simon & Schuster
Pages: 256
Book Description:
Set at Mount Olympus Academy where Zeus is principal, the Goddess Girls series (ages 7-12) puts a middle school spin on Greek mythology. Hestia, the 12-year-old goddess of the hearth, struggles to create a symbol or logo for herself in Crafts-ology class and realizes she wants to make herself more visible. Because most MOA students don’t even seem to notice she’s around!

Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams are co-authors of three series: “Goddess Girls” (for ages 8-12, Greek mythology with a middle school twist), “Grimmtastic Girls” (for ages 8-12, fairy tale adventure with a middle school twist), and “Heroes in Training” (ages 6-11, Greek mythology adventure chapter books).
Accepting entries through midnight December 31. 
USA only.
I'll list winners names in this post and will 
mail a copy out to the winners within a week of receiving a mailing address. Contest open for entries 12:01 a.m. ET Friday Dec. 11th.
Click here to visit more blogs in the giveaway hop!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Knights Before Christmas best of 2015 giveaway hop!

Congratulations to the winner, Elizabeth Hyatt!

It's Christmas Eve and three knights are guarding
their castle against a jolly red-and-white invader!
I'm giving away an autographed copy of
 a new picture book
by Joan Holub (that's me) and Scott Magoon!

As seen on the holiday book list in USA Today
as one of
"seven jolly titles that will delight the budding reader"!
I'll mail a copy out week of December 18th to the winner
(delivery by Christmas cannot be guaranteed).

Contest open for entries 12:01 a.m. ET Friday Dec. 11th.
A list of fab bloggers participating in the hop:

When Marshmallows Fly: The Knights Before Christmas

Come ye little knights and catapult marshmallows with The Knights Before Christmas!
Scott Magoon will be making catapults with kids and launching marshmallows in celebration of our new book, The Knights Before Christmas. Popsicle stick catapult craft, drawing, (plus reading and signing) await your little squires! All at The Blue Bunny, Books and Toys in Dedham MA.
December 11, Friday night at 6:30

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Knights Before Christmas giveaway

Congratulations to erica stranahan, 
winner of an autographed copy!

Would the little knights in your castle like to have this autographed book catapulted into your mailbox this holiday season? Enter my giveaway for a chance to win!
~Joan Ho-Ho-Holub

On Christmas Eve, three little knights guard their castle against a jolly red-and-white invader!

"These knights know how to keep the castle safe and the readers entertained.”
— Kirkus Reviews

"This rousing, ridiculous medieval “Night Before Christmas” parody jingles with castle- and holiday wordplay. Cheeky digital illustrations brim with good cheer."
— Horn Book

"A royal romp of holiday pratfalls and punnery. Yule love it!"
—Tom Lichtenheld,
bestselling illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site.

"A royal delight of a book! Sure to become a favorite holiday read-aloud in every household throughout the land!"
—Judy Schachner,
creator of the Skippyjon Jones books.

"A great premise...Magoon's illustrations are vibrant and fun...!"
— Publishers Weekly


Amazon  •  Barnes and Noble  •  Books-A-Million
  •  Henry Holt /Macmillan

a Rafflecopter giveaway  
One winner will be notified via email by November 1st.
Books mailed within 1 week of receipt of a mailing address.
Addresses will not be shared or stored.
Not responsible for misdirected mailings.
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Goddess Girls: Amphitrite the Bubbly - spooktacular giveaway

Enter for a chance to win the newest title 
in the Goddess Girls series for ages 8-12
autographed by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams.

Goddess Girls
puts a modern middle grade spin on a Greek mythology.
 Join students Athena, Persephone, Aphrodite and more
at Mount Olympus Academy, where Zeus is principal
and the teachers include Mr. Cyclops.
Amphitrite the Bubbly 
is #17 in the series.

Amazon   BarnesandNoble   Books-a-Million  
Indiebound   Kobo ebooks

a Rafflecopter giveaway
3 winners will be notified via email by November 1st.
Books will be mailed within one week of winner supplying a mailing address.
Addresses will not be shared or stored.
Not responsible for misdirected mailings.
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and enter more Spooktacular giveaways!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

My castle hat in PW Children's Bookshelf!

I wore 3 hats at SIBA15, 
each representing a different one of my books. 
My castle hat for The Knights Before Christmas
wound up in this week's 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Almost here! The Knights Before Christmas

On Christmas Eve, three little knights guard their castle 
against a red-and-white invader: Santa Claus!

Visit illustrator Scott Magoon’s site for his holiday playlist 
and a peek at his preliminary sketches 

Join Joan Holub at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC for a celebration of The Knights Before Christmas on September 26 (Saturday, 2pm). Castle catapult games and snacks!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Knights Before Christmas

Christmas in September?
Seriously, it's almost half off the cover price if you pre-order right now! 

'Twas December 24th, and three brave knights were just settling in for the night when out on the drawbridge, there arose such a clatter! The knights try everything to get rid of this unknown invader (Santa Claus!), a red and white knight with a fleet of dragons . . .
But nothing would stop
their white-whiskered foe.
No matter their efforts,
he just would not go!

Kirkus Reviews:
Three young knights defend their castle from "a red-and-white knight and eight dragons. Oh dear!" Santa travels back in time to a fanciful medieval Europe with knights, lords, and castles in this clever parody of "The Night Before Christmas." The text unfolds in pitch-perfect rhymes that follow the basic pattern of the classic poem, with the addition of witty wordplay incorporated into speech balloons and in signs, lists, and banners on the castle walls. The three knights are named Brave Knight, Polite Knight, and Silent Knight, each with a distinct, appropriate personality. When Santa arrives to deliver gifts to the castle, the knights see him as an intruder and try to repel his advances. Santa is just as determined as the knights to succeed in his own mission. He flings his presents and holiday decorations into the castle with an evergreen-tree catapult, which the knights then appropriate for the castle's Christmas tree. Digitally produced illustrations in deep jewel tones successfully bring to life the complex physical world of the castle and skillfully meet the logistical challenges of the knights' battle of airborne gifts with Santa. There's an excellent interplay between the amusing illustrations and the polished text, with lots of clever jokes for readers to discover in the art. These knights know how to keep the castle safe and the readers entertained. (Picture book. 4-8) 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mythology for preschoolers!

Board books with mythology 
life lessons for little ones.
Illustrated by Leslie Patricelli, creator of Yummy Yucky!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Prince Charles and Medusa the Rich

at Barnes and Noble today!
(as Prince Charles looks on, bottom left)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Mighty Dads sighting (and signing)!

Signed, stickered, and set among friends. 
Dad construction trucks teach their little 
construction kids fun life lessons.
Happy almost Father's Day!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Itty Bitty Kitty finds an audience!

Happy book birthday to Itty Bitty Kitty!
The first of four IBK adventures.
Illustrated by the awesome James Burks.
Ava wants a pet, but Mom and Dad say she's too little. So when she finds a kitty, Ava decides to name him Itty Bitty and keep him a secret. There's just one tiny problem: Itty Bitty starts growing and growing and growing . . . until he's neither itty nor bitty! 
Hardcover picture book, 32 pages

Sunday, May 17, 2015

NYTimes on Mini Myths: Make A Wish, Midas!

So grateful for this totally unexpected lovely nod from the NY Times
to the Mini Myths board book series

Friday, May 8, 2015

Itty Bitty Kitty goodreads giveaway

Ava wants a pet, but Mom and Dad say she's too little. So when she finds a kitty, Ava decides to name him Itty Bitty and keep him a secret. There's just one tiny problem: Itty Bitty starts growing and growing and growing . . . until he's neither itty nor bitty! 
Hardcover, 32 pages, available May 19, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

On my lap: Medusa the Rich

When I find myself near a bookstore, I try to duck in
and sign stock -- that is, sign any of my books
that are on the shelves.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Autograph night at B&N

Signing the new Goddess Girls: Medusa the Rich,
at Barnes and Noble Brier Creek, NC tonight.
Also signed at Quail Ridge Books, our local indie!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Goddess Girls: Medusa the Rich!

Happy book birthday to:
ages 8-12
When Medusa is given the "Midas Touch" and is suddenly able to turn objects into gold just by touching them, she is thrilled. Gold, gold, everywhere! But it’s not just objects that become golden—it’s also food, and, even people! Her new ability turns out to be more dangerous than delightful, but can she do anything to reverse it?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Grimmtastic Girls book birthday

Celebrating a book birthday:
Welcome into the world, Goldilocks Breaks In!
Number 6 in the Grimmtastic Girls series I co-author with Suzanne Williams.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Zero the Hero makes the Mathematical Sciences & Children's Book Council Inaugural Awards List!


Illustrated by the fabulous Tom Lichtenheld!
Read more at: