Featured books by Holly Meade

If I Never Forever Endeavor

If I Never Forever Endeavor

By: Holly Meade
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

One never knows until they try something — much like a small yellow fledgling that is afraid to leave the nest. Lyrical language and textured, stylized collage illustrations combine for a surprisingly sophisticated push toward flying independently.

Books illustrated by Holly Meade

Hush! A Thai Lullaby

Hush! A Thai Lullaby

By: Minfong Ho
Illustrated by: Holly Meade
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader
Genre: Fiction

A loving mother asks animals from a water buffalo to a lizard to "hush" so her baby can sleep. Once the noises stop, the mother herself sleeps — and the baby is now awake! Textured illustrations evoke the Thai setting and convey the understated humor of this unique bedtime book.

In the Wild

In the Wild

By: David Elliott
Illustrated by: Holly Meade
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

A variety of animals are presented, beginning with "The Lion/[that]stands alone/on the grassy plain…" A large format supports the bold, open woodcut and watercolor illustrations and evocative poetry that will read aloud well.

On the Farm

On the Farm

By: David Elliott
Illustrated by: Holly Meade
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

Short verse and dynamic woodcut illustration combine to reveal characteristics of farm animals, from rooster to rabbit with lots in between. Allusions are intriguing and playful ("The Bees/Tell their story,/sweet and old./It begins in clover;/it ends in gold.") and may inspire other activities.

Peek!: A Thai Hide-And-Seek

Peek!: A Thai Hide-And-Seek

By: Minfong Ho
Illustrated by: Holly Meade
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

Baby knows that Jut-Ay means morning has come, and it's time to play. But where is Baby hiding? Eechy-eechy-egg! crows the red-tailed rooster. Is Baby near? Hru-hruu! Hru-hruu! whines the puppy dog. Is Baby crouching there? Hornbill and snake, elephant and tiger – who can finally lead Papa to Baby's hiding place?

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