Hi! My name is Emily Holewczynski (pen name: Emily Holi). I'm a Picture Book/Middle Grade/Young Adult Author, Freelance Writer, and Photographer. I'm currently focused on developing several picture books/a middle grade novel for publication. I live in Chicago with my husband and five young kiddos (four girls + a boy).
When Frank comes home from Bermuda with more than a sunburn, the hive must figure out a way to control his pesky problem or risk bee-coming his next victim. [THEMES: PROBLEM-SOLVING, HUMOR]
El doesn't walk with a cane, she wields a wand that makes the world a more magical place. When buddy Will has trouble believing her, it's up to El to prove that being magical isn't always easy—but it is always worth it. [THEMES: HUMOR, MAGIC, CHRONIC ILLNESS]
Nugget has high hopes and double-decker dreams–he wants to be a TENDER. But after Nugget honey-mustards the strength to save Little Biscuit from the fryer, Nugget discovers that being small is a pretty tall order. [THEMES: BRAVERY, CONFIDENCE, HUMOR]
Dex loves kicking up his wheels at the beach–almost as much as he loves taking care of his pals. But after a day of letting friends scooch ahead, Dex is out of gas. Tony Tow Truck reminds Dex that you can’t take care of others without filling up your own tank, first.[THEMES: SELF CARE, SELF LOVE]
C-Z-Y-N-S-K-I. Aleks is tired of sauerkraut and spelling his last name over and over. But when Babcia takes Aleks to pick up a package, his heart swells with pride–and so does his stomach. Być Polakiem never tasted so sweet. [THEMES: CULTURAL LEARNING, CULTURAL APPRECIATION]
Dyson Bison longs to break free from the herd-mentality and choose anything. But when a shiny new sign for SWEATERS appears on the side of the plain, Dyson discovers that perusing polyester is far less powerful than PICKING HIS PACK. [THEMES: HUMOR, DECISION-MAKING, STANDING OUT IN A CROWD]
So you want to plant an avocado tree? Sloth can teach you. He just needs to use the bathroom first. Where were we? Shoot, Sloth can't remember! But where did these avocados come from?! Discover the avocado seed's REAL journey from poop to plant! [THEMES: HUMOR, STEM]
Tommy’s overworked Thumb is not lifting a finger until further notice. But after wrist-and-relaxation gets a little boring, an epic thumb war shows Thumb that hard work will always give him the upper hand. [THEMES: HUMOR, HARD WORK]
GoGo loves to host boo-tiful parties, but human company is hard to come by. When an Open House brings warm bodies through GoGo's bone-chilling manor, she realizes that being Ghostess with the Mostest isn't all skele-fun and games. [THEMES: SPOOKY, PARTIES]
I am Teacup, enchanté! I was belle of the ball until a chip in my blue enamel sent me steaming back to the cabinet. But when Mrs. Beauliel’s succulent needed a home, I was a parfaite fit. Now, I am no longer blue. Je suis green. [THEMES: ESL LEARNING, UP-CYCLING, PERFECTIONISM]
Little Brother likes his Big Sister, but he also likes his personal space—a lot. After tearing down Baby Brother’s walls and earning his trust, Big Sister realizes that sometimes absence really does make the heart grow fonder. [THEMES: SIBLING LOVE, PERSONAL SPACE, TRUST]
When local legend collides with the transformation of magic-skeptic Kate’s signature birthmark, she must choose between the only family she's ever known, and an underwater adventure that threatens to reignite a century-old pirate vs. sea monster clash—and draw a line in the sand that can never be erased.
[THEMES: MAGICAL REALISM, CHRONIC ILLNESS, SELF DOUBT, THERAPY-POSITIVE, FRIENDSHIP, FIRST CRUSH, COMING-OF-AGE]
Hole-in-the-wall can't wait to celebrate! But when friends forget her big day, Hole feels empty inside. As the Jones kids fondly reminisce about moving day, Hole realizes she doesn't need a party to fill her up. Until…SURPRISE! [THEMES: BIRTHDAYS, APPRECIATION]
Good things come to those who wait–but winter is over, and mom is still sick. Exploring chronic illness and optimism, Kiki discovers that good things are happening all around her, and although mom’s illness lingers, Mom’s love for Kiki burns bright. [THEMES: CHRONIC ILLNESS, WAITING]
Liam’s wiggles always get him into trouble. But when a mysterious trouble bubble floats into town, Liam must learn to channel his wiggles into good CLEAN fun before the bubble destroys his town. [THEMES: SELF-CONTROL, SELF-LOVE, SELF-MOTIVATION]
George dreams of becoming a famous inventor, but when it comes to ideas, he’s stuck–until he discovers that being STUCK is the key to everything! The true story of VELCRO inventor George de Mestral and his catchy idea. [THEMES: PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHY]
Emma, otherwise known as "Hair," is a newly-pretty sophomore enjoying typical sophomore things—parties, guys, and the occasional drink. Unfortunately she overslept fall registration (eight-in-the-morning after the season opener?!) and wound up in Poetry 202. As Emma begins to explore free verse poetry more deeply, she is caught in a tug-of-war between her inner thoughts and her outer shell. But when alopecia rears its ugly head and threatens to destroy her newfound bliss, Emma's need to maintain control morphs into addiction as the men she hung her hopes on turn to ghosts. [THEMES: ADDICTION, SELF-ABSORPTION, YA ROMANCE, CHRONIC ILLNESS]
Hi! Attached are a few writing samples from my past.
Some of the samples are non-fiction stories that I wrote when I worked for a national curricula provider. I also produced creative newsletters for that company.
I have also included a sample of my family's newsletter that I write and send all over the country each year.
I am happy to provide additional writing samples upon request. Just ask!
Thank you for visiting my portfolio!
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