New Release Books by Joan Holub

Joan Holub is the author of Artemis the Brave Graphic Novel (2023), This Little Wonder (2022), Artemis the Hero (2022), Big Stuff Planes, Rockets, Spacecraft! (2022) and other 268 books.

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Artemis the Brave Graphic Novel

release date: Feb 28, 2023
Artemis the Brave Graphic Novel
Artemis finds her courage in this fourth book in the Goddess Girls Graphic Novel series, based on the popular Goddess Girls series. Everyone sees Artemis, goddess of the hunt, as the bravest goddess girl at Mount Olympus Academy. What her classmates and best friends don’t realize is that sometimes she isn’t as courageous as she seems. And, when Orion—a foreign exchange student from Earth—enters the picture, she is even more nervous than usual! Can Artemis prove to her friends, and herself, that she can live up to her name?

This Little Wonder

release date: Aug 16, 2022
This Little Wonder
Learn all about important leaders with disabilities in this engaging board book in the bestselling This Little series! Now even the youngest readers can learn all about important people whose wonderful talents shine bright from the disability community. Highlighting ten memorable people who paved the way, parents and little ones alike will love this discovery primer full of fun, age-appropriate facts and bold illustrations.

Artemis the Hero

release date: Dec 06, 2022
Artemis the Hero
Meet the treacherous Alpheus in this twenty-eighth Goddess Girls adventure! After the sneaky river god Alpheus takes a precious cup from a river nymph, it’s up to Artemis to get it back! When Alpheus challenges Artemis to a surprisingly easy bet, with the winner getting the cup, Artemis thinks it’s too good to be true—and realizes Alpheus will stop at nothing to win. Can Artemis be a hero to her friends?

Big Stuff Planes, Rockets, Spacecraft!

release date: Jul 19, 2022
Big Stuff Planes, Rockets, Spacecraft!
From the author of the bestselling This Little series comes the first in a new line of board books about the science behind everyday things—this one about things that fly! Show little ones how big vehicles work and introduce the inventors behind them through simple rhyming text and vibrant illustrations with this engaging board book. From hot air balloons to airplanes to spacecrafts and beyond, Big Stuff Planes, Rockets, Spacecraft! connects the dots between people and the technology they create and gives age-appropriate explanations of scientific concepts like rocket propulsion and power hydraulics!

Who Was Charles Schulz?

release date: Mar 01, 2022
Who Was Charles Schulz?
Learn more about the cartoonist who created Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the lovable Peanuts gang in this new addition to the #1 New York Times bestselling series! Charles (otherwise known as Sparky) Schulz always loved drawing from the time he was a young child, and as he grew older, he turned this passion into a phenomenally successful career. His early doodles of his mischievous dog and of a shy boy inspired two of his most familiar and beloved characters, Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Here's the story about Peanuts gang and Charles's life that's sure to excite all readers but especially those who love the classic cartoon series.

I Love You a Latke (a Touch-And-Feel Book)

release date: Sep 06, 2022
I Love You a Latke (a Touch-And-Feel Book)
Join adorable latkes, dreidels, and more in this fun Hanukkah board book, with touch-and-feel on every spread! Sparkle. Twinkle. Glow. Glimmer. Flicker. Dazzle. Gleam. Shimmer. Blazing strong throughout the night. Shining bright, you're a de-LIGHT! Welcome the Hanukkah season with this punny board book full of dreidels, latkes, and more. Little ones won't be able to resist the eye-catching, tactile, hands-on touch-and-feel on every page that is sure to keep them engaged and excited during storytime. New York Times bestselling author Joan Holub's text is full of sweetness and begs to be read aloud, and shines alongside bright, cute-as-can-be illustrations from artist Allison Black. With the effervescent silliness of Sandra Boynton, adorable illustrations, and perfectly touchable touch-and-feel, this book is perfect for Hanukkah celebrations everywhere!

Athena the Brain Graphic Novel

release date: Feb 22, 2022
Athena the Brain Graphic Novel
Athena finds out she’s a goddess and goes to Mount Olympus Academy in this first book in the Goddess Girls Graphic Novel series, based on the popular and long-running Goddess Girls series. Athena always knew she was smart and special, but she didn’t realize that she was a goddess! When she’s whisked away to Mount Olympus Academy, she worries about fitting in and dealing with her dad, Zeus. Luckily, she meets the Goddess Girls and finds the best friends she’s ever had.

Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom Graphic Novel

release date: Feb 22, 2022
Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom Graphic Novel
After pulling a magical thunderbolt from a stone, ten-year-old Zeus goes on the adventure of a lifetime in this first graphic novel adapted from the popular Heroes in Training series! The terrible Titans—merciless giants who enjoy snacking on humans—have dominated the earth and driven the world into chaos. But their rule is about to be put to the test as a group of young Olympians discover their powers and prepare to righteously rule the universe... Ten-year-old Zeus is mystified (and super-annoyed) by the fact that he keeps getting hit by lightning. Every. Single. Year. Still, it’s by far the most interesting thing that happens to him. He’s never been far from the cave where he grew up and is beginning to think he’ll never have a real adventure. But Zeus gets his wish—and a lot more than he bargained for—when he is kidnapped by dangerous, giant Titans! In a scramble for a weapon to defend himself, Zeus grabs an actual thunderbolt from a stone. Its incredible power keeps the Titans at bay, and its mysterious markings lead Zeus on a quest to rescue his fellow Olympians from the evil Cronus. Armed with his trusty thunderbolt (named Bolt, of course), Zeus is on an adventure of a lifetime—and a journey to fulfill his destiny as King of the Gods.

Persephone the Phony Graphic Novel

release date: Feb 22, 2022
Persephone the Phony Graphic Novel
Persephone befriends resident bad boy Hades in this second book in the Goddess Girls Graphic Novel series, based on the popular and long-running Goddess Girls series. Persephone’s mom encourages her to “go along to get along” instead of doing what she really wants, and Persephone follows her advice even when it makes her feel like a fake. But when she meets Mount Olympus Academy troublemaker Hades, she finally feels she has found someone she can be herself with. He’s the first person who actually listens to her, and she finds herself liking him, despite the fact that the other goddess girls think he’s bad news. But if he makes her feel so special—and she’s so comfortable hanging around him—can he really be all that bad?

Poseidon and the Sea of Fury Graphic Novel

release date: Feb 22, 2022
Poseidon and the Sea of Fury Graphic Novel
Young Poseidon must overcome his fear of the sea and its creatures to save a fellow Olympian.

Athena & the Mermaid's Pearl

release date: Feb 01, 2022
Athena & the Mermaid's Pearl
Join little Athena on a sweet adventure in this ninth Little Goddess Girls story—part of the Aladdin QUIX line! Athena wants to help a mermaid find some stolen jewels! But she is in a bad mood after losing a contest. With the help of some magical walking, talking dishes and some goddess girl magic, will she find the special pearl hidden somewhere on Mount Olympus?

Hecate the Witch

release date: Nov 30, 2021
Hecate the Witch
Get to know Hecate, a student of witchcraft, in this twenty-seventh Goddess Girls adventure! Eleven-year-old Hecate loves being a student at Hexwitch School but gets nervous about things that could go wrong. To try and stem her anxious feelings, she gathers all the facts about different situations—that way, she will always be prepared if disaster strikes. After stumbling into a pet cemetery, Hecate meets Melinoe, who calls herself a ghost herder. She is in charge of leading the ghosts of pets and other animals to the River Styx in the Underworld. But Melinoe doesn’t notice when one of her ghost animals follows Hecate home! More and more of the lost ghosts gather with Hecate, and she learns they have unfinished business left on Earth and refuse to enter the Underworld. The deceased pets are counting on Hecate, but Melinoe isn’t too thrilled with having competition! Can Hecate help the animals without making a new enemy?

This Little Rainbow

release date: Oct 05, 2021
This Little Rainbow
Learn all about important leaders who represent, empower, and support the LGBTQIA+ community in this engaging board book perfect for proud leaders-in-training! Now even the youngest readers can learn all about important people who are from or helped support the LGBTQIA+ community! Highlighting ten memorable people who paved the way, parents and little ones alike will love this discovery primer full of fun, age-appropriate facts and bold illustrations.

Hades and the Helm of Darkness Graphic Novel

release date: Aug 23, 2022
Hades and the Helm of Darkness Graphic Novel
Hades is the center of the (under)world in the third book of the graphic novel adaptation of the popular Heroes in Training series! The Underworld usually isn’t anyone’s idea of a fun place—except for Hades. He loves the dark and even the stinky smell of sulfur! But there is one thing that Hades is not a fan of…dogs. And when Zeus and his fellow Olympians encounter Cerberus—a mean, snarling, three-headed dog—Hades must conquer his fears and tame the dog in order for everyone to continue on to the Underworld and drop off their Titan prisoner, Oceanus, back where he belongs! With magical water that makes one forget, hot beds of lava, and another epic battle with two more Titans standing in their way, can Zeus and his heroes make it out of the Underworld with everyone intact? New readers and old fans alike will enjoy these full-color graphic novel adaptations of the long-running Heroes in Training series.

Artemis & the Wishing Kitten

release date: Sep 21, 2021
Artemis & the Wishing Kitten
Join little Artemis on a sweet adventure in this eighth Little Goddess Girls story—part of the Aladdin QUIX line! The Goddess Girls are on their way to the Sparkle City Pet Show when they discover a cute, pink kitten on the Hello Brick Road. Two boys, Prince Paris and Odysseus, both claim the kitten is theirs. Can Artemis figure out which boy is telling the truth and get the sweet kitty back home?

Zeus and the Skeleton Army

release date: Sep 21, 2021
Zeus and the Skeleton Army
Zeus and his fellow gods-in-training attempt to capture the king of hell’s hound in this latest Heroes in Training chapter book! Zeus and his fellow gods-in-training face a new challenge in the underworld when they attempt to capture Cerberus—the three-headed guardian and cherished pet of Zeus’s brother Hades. But they find themselves up against even more than they anticipated when they have to face off against Melinoe and her skeletal minions.

What's in Dragon's Backpack?

release date: Jun 29, 2021
What's in Dragon's Backpack?
See how dragons pack for school in this adventurous, backpack-shaped board book with flaps little ones can lift! Have you ever wondered what a dragon packs in his backpack for school? What do his pencils and notebooks look like? What does he eat for lunch? What kind of toys does he bring for afterschool fun?

Aphrodite & the Magical Box

release date: May 11, 2021
Aphrodite & the Magical Box
After a giant carrot named Prometheus steals a flame and torch from Zeus, the goddess girls must try to catch the carrot! But when a mysterious box named Pandora hits all the buttons in a magical elevator, they must battle through three lands in order to get closer to the stolen flame. Can everyone work together to bring the torch back to Mount Olympus?--Back cover.

I Am the Shark

release date: May 04, 2021
I Am the Shark
What makes the great white shark (one of) the greatest fish in the sea? FIN-d out in this hilarious fish-out-of-water story that's perfect for Shark Week and all year-round! "Don't miss this one." -School Library Journal, Starred Review Hi! I am Great White Shark, and if you get this book, you'll read all about ME--the greatest shark in the sea! Not so fast! Greenland Shark here, and as the oldest shark in this book, that makes me the greatest. Did someone say fast? I'm Mako Shark, and I'm the fastest shark in this book! Eat my bubbles! Wow, I'm Hammerhead Shark. You don't need my special eyes to see that there are lots of great sharks in this book. Sink your teeth into it now! New York Times bestselling author Joan Holub makes a splash with bestselling illustrator Laurie Keller to deliver an entertaining undersea story filled with the greatest shark facts in the ocean!

This Little Environmentalist

release date: Mar 30, 2021
This Little Environmentalist
Learn all about big leaders who love and protect the Earth in this engaging and inspiring board book perfect for environmentalists-in-training! Now even the youngest readers can learn all about important people who help protect and take care of our Earth! Highlighting ten memorable environmentalists who paved the way, parents and little ones alike will love this discovery primer full of fun, age-appropriate facts and bold illustrations.

Persephone & the Evil King

release date: Jan 05, 2021
Persephone & the Evil King
Join little Persephone for a sweet adventure in this sixth Little Goddess Girls story—part of the Aladdin QUIX line! Persephone, Artemis, and Aphrodite are on a quest to save their fellow Little Goddess Girl, Athena, from the evil King Hephaestus. It turns out the king has turned Athena (and her dog, Oliver) into treasures, and have hidden them in a massive treasure room. The girls only have seven guesses as to what and where exactly they are—before their friend is stuck forever!

Persephone the Grateful

release date: Dec 01, 2020
Persephone the Grateful
Get to know Persephone, the Queen of the Underworld, in this twenty-sixth Goddess Girls adventure!

Athena & the Island Enchantress

release date: Aug 25, 2020
Athena & the Island Enchantress
Join little Athena for a sweet adventure in this fifth Little Goddess Girls story—part of the Aladdin QUIX line! After sparkly adventures on Mount Olympus, Athena is called back to help a boy named Hercules. They have been asked by Hestia to rescue the rightful queen of a magical island, who has been captured by the evil King Hephaestus. The key seems to be a mysterious enchantress named Circe—but Athena and Hercules aren’t sure if she’s a friend or foe! With the help of her fellow little goddess girls, can Athena help save the queen?

Alkyoneus and the Warrior Queen

release date: Aug 25, 2020
Alkyoneus and the Warrior Queen
Zeus and Hercules face a very hungry giant in this latest Heroes in Training chapter book! Zeus and Hercules may have gotten a scale from the nine-headed hydra, but that isn’t enough for King Eurystheus to forgive Hercules for egging his temple. For their next task, the Oracle Pythia reveals that, to make Eurystheus happy, they have to get the golden belt from the queen of the Amazons—a band of warrior girls. Although the Amazons are friendly enough, there’s just one problem…they think that boys are stinky! And Hercules hasn’t been great at getting people to like him. But before they even reach the Amazons, they are caught by the awful giant Alkyoneus. He has seven daughters to feed, and the boys would make for a perfect snack. Can Zeus and Hercules escape his clutches and get the belt in time? Or will they end up in hot water?

Runaway Signs

release date: Jun 02, 2020
Runaway Signs
When the road signs take a vacation, chaos and hilarity ensue--and they quickly learn how important they are. School is ending for the summer, and the stick figures on the school crossing sign are jealous of all the vacation plans they hear the students making. The stick figures work hard--maybe they deserve a vacation, too! So they abandon their signpost and set off on an adventure, inviting along all the other underappreciated road signs they meet on the way. It's all fun and games for a while, especially when they stumble upon a fantastic amusement park. But the people they've left behind are feeling their absence, and soon there are traffic tangles and lost pedestrians everywhere. The signs are more important than they realized, and now it's time for them to save the day!

Skade and the Enchanted Snow

release date: Mar 10, 2020
Skade and the Enchanted Snow
From the authors of the Goddess Girls series comes the fourth book in a series steeped in Norse mythology, magic, adventure, and friendship. Skade, the goddess of skiing, is known as one of the best athletes—and a top student—at Asgard Academy. But lately, she’s felt like she’s been in a slump. When three giants appear and offer to mend the rift between the worlds by organizing a ski competition, Skade feels like this is her big chance to prove herself again. After all, the powerful Odin will be choosing the Asgard team based on ability, attitude, and academics! But much to Skade’s embarrassment, Odin is less than impressed with her—and names her as an alternate instead of part of the main team. Aside from Skade’s frustrations, something seems fishy about the whole competition. After one of Skade’s classmates has a strange nightmare about it, they start to wonder if the games are one big cover-up for something more sinister. And when the Asgard team finds themselves on thin ice, it’s up to Skade to overcome a big fear, save her friend—and show everyone what she’s made of!

Aphrodite & the Gold Apple

release date: Jan 21, 2020
Aphrodite & the Gold Apple
Join little Aphrodite for a sweet adventure in this third Little Goddess Girls story—part of the Aladdin QUIX line! Aphrodite is excited to be on an adventure to Sparkle City with her new friends, Athena, Persephone, and Artemis. After being rescued from her magical sea shell, Aphrodite hopes the super-duper powerful Zeus can give her the gift of likeability. Aphrodite knows that will make her be a better friend, especially to the girls she met on the Hello Brick Road. But when she finds a magical, gold apple along the way, something makes her keep it a big secret from the others. Will those magical powers help Aphrodite with her big ask for Zeus? Or will Aphrodite discover a very different kind of magic—the magic of friendship—is most important of all?

This Little Dreamer

release date: Jan 14, 2020
This Little Dreamer
Learn all about dreamers who changed history in this engaging and hopeful board book perfect for dreamers-in-training! In this sixth book in the This Little series, now even the youngest readers can learn all about important people in history who dared to dream big for a better future! Highlighting ten memorable dreamers who paved the way, parents and little ones alike will love this inspirational primer full of fun, age-appropriate facts and bold illustrations.

Clotho the Fate

release date: Dec 03, 2019
Clotho the Fate
Get to know Clotho, one of the Three Fates, in this twenty-fifth Goddess Girls adventure! Eleven-year-old Clotho is always linked with her two big sisters. Together, they are all the Three Fates, with abilities to predict events in mortals’ lives. There are a few rules that the all-powerful Zeus has decreed for them, including a strict no-mingling with mortals policy. After Clotho discovers letterscrolls from unhappy mortals who don’t love their fates, she wishes there was a way to try and earn their respect. During a secret trip to the Immortal Marketplace—where there is always a chance to run into mortals, too!—Clotho finds herself in over her head as she gets swept up in a competition to celebrate the opening a new store. A competition where her identity as a fate could be revealed at any moment! If that weren’t enough, Clotho must face up to an old mistake she made several years ago that broke one of Zeus’s other rules: Never interrupt the telling of a fate. It could mess up a mortal’s whole life! Can Clotho manage to untangle the mess she has made while finding a way to bring the mortals and the Fates together?

Hercules and the Nine-Headed Hydra

release date: Dec 03, 2019
Hercules and the Nine-Headed Hydra
Zeus and his friends are back for another adventure in this latest Heroes in Training chapter book! Since defeating the Titans, Zeus and his fellow Olympians have taken over Mount Olympus. Things are nearly back to normal…until a stranger named Hercules shows up, asking for help. He’s on the run from Eurythseus, King of Argon, who is after Hercules for egging his temple. Before Zeus can help, Eurythseus himself appears. It turns out that Hercules has also been bragging that he is the ruler of Olympus, and Eurythseus intends to declare war on the Olympians’ new home. Zeus’s friends come up with an idea—maybe Hercules could make up for egging Eurythseus’s temple. The Oracle Pythia reveals that in order to do this, Hercules must get a scale from a huge, nine-headed serpent—the Hydra. Will this be enough to please Eurythseus? Or is another battle on the horizon for the Olympians?

This Little Artist

release date: Sep 10, 2019
This Little Artist
Learn all about artists who changed history in this engaging and colorful board book perfect for creators-in-training! Painting, shaping, making art. With creative joy, hands, and heart. Little artists have great big imaginations. In this follow up to This Little President, This Little Explorer, This Little Trailblazer, and This Little Scientist now even the youngest readers can learn all about great and empowering artists in history! Highlighting ten memorable artists who paved the way, parents and little ones alike will love this creativity primer full of fun, age-appropriate facts and bold illustrations.

Sif and the Dwarfs' Treasures

release date: Aug 20, 2019
Sif and the Dwarfs' Treasures
From the authors of the Goddess Girls series comes the second book in a brand-new series steeped in Norse mythology, magic, adventure, and friendship. Twelve-year-old Sif is goddess of the harvest, with her abilities woven into her long, blonde hair. She also has special prophetic powers—she is a seer—but is reluctant to share them after a mishap years ago caused a big rift in a friendship that meant a lot to her. And Sif is determined to not let that happen again! But when the mischievous Loki cuts her hair in a horrible prank gone wrong, Sif orders Loki to fix it. Without her hair, the crops in the land of Midgard—which supplies the wheat for food in Asgard Academy as well—are in danger of dying off. With Sif and Freya, Loki goes to ask for help from the dwarfs, specifically, the sons of Ivaldi who are all skilled blacksmiths and strikes a bargain with them. They hammer and spin gold into fine golden strands along with a spear and a ship that will grow to full size once in water. On his way back through the cave, Loki gets an idea for how to get more treasures by playing one set of dwarfs off against another. Envious of the work of the sons of Ivaldi, the dwarfs Brokk and Eitri say they can do better. Loki replies that he doesn’t think they can and that, furthermore, he’ll stake his head on it. Is that a bet that Loki will regret? And will Sif be able to restore her magical powers to prevent the drought in Midgard?
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