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Whimsical Children's Books from Helen Holden

Bookstores and libraries are full of children's literature. How do you decide which books to choose for your little ones? At Holdens Whimsicals, I write, illustrate, and publish entertaining and educational children's books. My current titles are Elephoot, Elephoot Returns, and Penelope the Tea Mouse.

I create freeform doodles and watercolor paintings to guide my writing of children's literature. Some people call my work primitive and childlike, which is how I connect with my audience.

When boys and girls read my books, they learn about the characters and their stories. I also include fun facts that support the content in the back of each book. For instance, I give a definition of scones in Penelope the Tea Mouse; and I provide the Latin name and description for a puffer fish in Elephoot Returns. You and your children will enjoy my books.

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Elephoot Book Cover


Elephoot Returns Book Cover

Elephoot Returns

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Penelope The Tea Mouse

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Helen Holden

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I have been writing and drawing all my life. However, the fantasy of going to school abroad and living in a castle is what inspired me to write and illustrate. The adventure of meeting new people through my art, visiting palaces, and learning about the history of the buildings I visited during my stay that compelled me to flex my creativity. The work of writer A.A. Milne and also author/illustrator Beatrix Potter are other sources of my inspiration.

I believe my writing has evolved because I find myself tackling a larger manuscript that I'm hoping to publish one day. My goal as always is to put a smile on the faces of my young readers and their parents.

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Thank you for your interest. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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