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Joan Holub Books In Order

Publication Order of EEK! Stories To Make You Shriek Books

The Spooky Sleepover (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Doll Hospital Books

Tatiana Comes to America (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Goldie's Fortune (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Glory's Freedom (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Saving Marissa (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Danielle's Dollhouse Wish (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charlotte's Choice (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Easy-To-Read! Easy-To-Draw! Books

Animals (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cars and Trucks (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dinosaurs (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Magical Creatures (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ant Hill Books

More Snacks! (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Big Heart! (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Good Luck! (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scaredy-Pants! (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Picnic! (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snow Day! (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spring is Here! (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Young Princesses Around the World Books

Cleopatra and the King's Enemies (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Elizabeth and the Royal Pony (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Isabel Saves the Prince (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lydia and the Island Kingdom (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Goddess Girls Books

Athena the Brain (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Persephone the Phony (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aphrodite and Beauty (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Artemis the Brave (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Athena the Wise (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Artemis the Loyal (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Medusa the Mean (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pandora the Curious (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pheme the Gossip (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Persephone the Daring (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cassandra the Lucky (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Athena the Proud (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Iris the Colorful (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aphrodite the Fair (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Medusa the Rich (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amphitrite the Bubbly (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hestia the Invisible (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Echo the Copycat (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Calliope the Muse (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pallas the Pal (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Goddess Girls Super Special Books

The Girl Games (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Heroes In Training Books

Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Poseidon and the Sea of Fury (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hades and the Helm of Darkness (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Typhon and the Winds of Destruction (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Apollo and the Battle of the Birds (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ares and the Spear of Fear (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cronus and the Threads of Dread (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crius and the Fright of Night (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hephaestus and the Island of Terror (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Uranus and the Bubbles of Trouble (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Perseus and the Monstrous Medusa (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Grimmtastic Girls Books

Cinderella Stays Late (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red Riding Hood Gets Lost (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snow White Lucks Out (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rapunzel Cuts Loose (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sleeping Beauty Dreams Big (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Goldilocks Breaks In (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snowflake Freezes Up (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mini Myths Picture Books

Be Patient, Pandora! (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Play Nice, Hercules! (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brush Your Hair, Medusa! (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Make a Wish, Midas! (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Be Careful, Icarus! (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Please Share, Aphrodite! (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Don't Get Lost, Odysseus! (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Good Job, Athena! (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

Ten Little Ballerinas: Jewel Sticker Stories (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Boo Who? (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pen Pals (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Go! Go! Go! (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red, Yellow, Green: What Do Signs Mean? (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Busy Guy (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pajama Party (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's the Magic Word? (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Happy Monster Day! (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Have a Weird Brother Who Digested a Fly (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Backwards Day (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lost and Found in Jumpstart Town (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Abby Cadabra, Super Speller (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eek-a-Boo! (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Light the Candles (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scat, Cats! (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cinderdog and the Wicked Stepcat (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Garden That We Grew (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pizza That We Made (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silly Bears (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Company's Coming (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hooray for St. Patrick's Day! (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jack and the Jellybeanstalk (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gingerbread Kids Goes to School (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Valley of the Golden Mummies (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kwanzaa Kids (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Turkeys Never Gobble (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Riddle-iculous Math (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Somebunny Loves Me (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fourth of July, Sparkly Sky (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Apples and Honey (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dragon Dance (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Can Our New Baby Do? (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Halloween Queen (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Geogra-Fleas! (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Happy Easter Eggs (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man Who Named the Clouds (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Glorious Grandmas (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marvelous Moms (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Five Spring Fairies (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Apple Countdown (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shampoodle (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Groundhog Weather School (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Twinkle, Star of the Week (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Does Cow Say? (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Kiss For You! (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wagons Ho! (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zero the Hero (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ballet Stars (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pumpkin Countdown (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Was the First Thanksgiving? (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dig, Scoop, Ka-Boom! (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Red Writing (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Do Not Open! The Story of Pandora's Box (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The One-Eyed People Eater: The Story of Cyclops (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mighty Dads (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Surprise, Trojans! (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Itty Bitty Kitty (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Knights Before Christmas (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little President (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Itty Bitty Kitty and the Rainy Play Day (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chapter Books

Ivy Green, Cootie Queen (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Space Dogs on Planet K-9 (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cooties from Outer Space (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bed, Bats & Beyond (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

How to Find Lost Treasure in All 50 States and Canada, Too! (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haunted States of America (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Knuckleheads (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Why Do Snakes Hiss? (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Why Do Dogs Bark? (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Why Do Cats Meow? (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Do Horses Neigh? (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Why Do Rabbits Hop? (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Smart About the Fifty States (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Why Do Birds Sing? (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Johnny Appleseed? (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Marco Polo? (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Jim Henson? (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Was Babe Ruth? (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Was the Gold Rush? (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What is the Statue of Liberty? (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Were the Salem Witch Trials? (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Was Woodstock? (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Joan majored in Fine Arts during college, and always knew she wanted to be an artist. She started as an Art Director at a graphic design firm in Texas, but dreamed of moving to New York, where she could be involved in children’s publishing. After eight years in Texas she finally fulfilled her dream and moved to New York City, the heart of the publishing industry.

She got a job as an Associate Art Director for Scholastic, helping other illustrators bring their art work to life in children’s books. This was an amazing experience, but Joan wanted to see her own work in print. She started illustrating children’s books in 1992, and went from there to authoring stories as well. She sold her first two manuscripts in 1996, Boo Who? (A spooky lift the flap book.) and Pen Pals.

Now she writes full time and has written and/or illustrated over 130 books. Although Joan started as an illustrator, she found she loves writing so much, she has decided to write full time. She leaves the illustrating to other talented collaborators.

Joan says she didn’t have many books at home when she was young, but she did spend a lot of time at the library. Her mother took her along with her brother and sister to the library often. She always had a talent for illustration, but it wasn’t until the early 90’s that she discovered she had a long list of stories that needed to be told. At first, she was rejected many times. This in spite of working in the publishing industry. But finally an editor took a chance on her. Now she’s a household name in the children’s book world. You can’t visit any corner of a children’s bookstore, or department without seeing the name, Joan Holub, repeated on cover after cover.

Joan gets her ideas from everywhere. She listens to friends and strangers alike. She reads, travels, and daydreams to come up with story ideas. “That’s the easy part. It’s developing a story with a beginning, middle, and end, that’s hard.” Sometimes it can be frustrating when a story won’t come together, but when Joan really believes in an idea, she sticks with it. That’s why she has so many successful books and book series.

She also didn’t give up when her first manuscripts were rejected, over and over. She called them boomerangs. But Joan kept submitting, kept working on her craft, and kept writing. Now she has published books for children of all ages.

Joan lives with her two cats, Scout and Boo (named for characters from the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird”). She has a brother and sister. Scout likes to jump on her writing desk to see what she’s working on, and often sleeps in a box on top of a bookshelf.

The Goddess Girls series takes characters from Greek Mythology and gives them the same problems and issues that face contemporary kids. Fitting in, boy/girl relationships, bullying, homework, responsibility, etc. are all captured through the recognizable characters of Ancient Greece.

Each character embodies some of the attributes most commonly associated with that god or goddess.

Goddess Girls is just one series of books Joan Holub has written based on Greek Mythology. She also has a series called, Hero’s in Training, which takes a more masculine point of view. In addition she has begun a series of Mini-Myths, board books designed for toddlers age 1-3. These adorable books teach essential behaviors, such as playing nice (Hercules), being patient (Pandora), and brushing your hair (Medusa).

Goddess Girls Book 1: Athena the Brain

Life should be easy for smart, beautiful, Athena but for some reason she’s never been able to fit in at Triton Junior High. Things start to make sense when she realizes she is actually a goddess, daughter of Zeus no less. She’s summoned to Mount Olympus Academy, where she is sure she will be able to fit in.

But just because Mount Olympus Academy is a school for gods and goddesses, doesn’t mean it’s any different from the school she left behind. She still has to deal with mean girls, and fickle boys. She still has to try to make friends, and have someone to sit with at lunch. And worst of all, she has to deal with the Principal being her dad, Zeus!

When the ultimate mean girl, Medusa, decides to make Athena’s life a living Hades, the young goddess has to trust her newfound friends to have her back.

Goddess Girls Book Two: Persephone the Phony

Persephone is not one to make waves. She learned from her mom that it’s better to go along, say what the other person wants to hear, don’t speak your mind. So when she meets Hades, and he’s interested in what she actually has to say, she’s drawn to him at once.

Too bad Hades is considered the “bad boy of Mount Olympus Academy.” Her friends, and her mom all think he is nothing but trouble. But Persephone sees another side of Hades. He’s just misunderstood. Isn’t he?

Persephone finds herself torn between her mother and her friends, and her attraction to the young rebel, Hades. Can she find a way to be true to herself, or will she go on being a phony?

Goddess Girls Book Three: Aphrodite the Beauty

Aphrodite is used to being the object of all the godboys affections. She can hardly make a move without one of them showering her with flowers, candy, you name it. But when she decides to give the attractive and brainy Athena a makeover, things suddenly change.

Ares, the godboy she’s liked forever suddenly has eyes only for Athena. Aphrodite begins to regret helping her friend, if it means losing Ares affections. Now the only godboy who seems interested in Aphrodite is Hephaestrus. He’s a nice guy, and has always worshiped Aphrodite, but he’s not nearly as cute as Ares, and he’s not in the popular crowd at all.

While trying to deal with the unexpected jealousy brought on by the attention Athena is receiving, Aphrodite finds that Hephaestrus is more interesting than he appears. But will she be able to overcome her jealousy and maintain her friendship with Athena, or will her envy get the better of her and spoil their friendship.

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