A selection from fantastic kidlit blogger and writer, Cynthia Leitich Smith.

Written by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Illustrated by Barry Gott
Dutton Juvenile, November, 2010
Suitable for:  Ages 3-8
Themes/Topics:  Differences, Acceptance, Fitting In, Special Talents
Opening and brief synopsis: Holler Loudly has a voice as big as the southwestern sky, and everywhere he goes, people tell him to “Hush!” From math class to the movies and even the state fair, Holler’s LOUD voice just keeps getting him into trouble. But when a huge tornado comes twisting into town, Holler (with that voice of his!) saves the day.
Activities:  Cynthia’s website has links to teacher guides for Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grades 1 & 2.
Why I Like This Book: This book has fantastic voice (as a book named HOLLER LOUDLY should).  It is fun to read aloud because you can read it LOUD! The way Holler learns how to use his gift (and rein it in sometimes) is very satisfying.

For more books with resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books!

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  1. We checked this book out from the library recently, and my kids (ages 3,5,7,9) couldn’t get enough of it. I loved reading it to them, too, since I got to practice my Southern twang 🙂

  2. Well.. I loved this book too! (I was thinking about PPB Friday next week for it – but you beat me). It is one of those books that kids of all ages love! Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Reminds me of another great book, The Louds Move In by Carolyn Crimini. My family swears that book is about us (Not that we yell a lot or anything, we’re just LOUD). Bet we’ll love this one, too. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I’ve always meant to get this book, my kids would love it. Thanks Julie!

  5. Love the sound of this book. I love picture books with a voice that fantastic.

    I got the “gimmes!” Oh hubby… 🙂

  6. I have not actually read this book (I know – for shame!) but I read all about it on Cynsations! In fact, it was Cynthia’s write-up of how she got the classroom guides for this book that led me to Shannon Morgan (who wrote them) who then did mine for Can’t Sleep and April Fool, Phyllis. I guess it’s about time I get around to reading this book! Thanks so much for adding it to the list!

  7. I smiled to myself as soon as I saw the picture and title. I am already imagining some nephews who would recognise themselves in this book……. mmn now to look at the calendar for whose birthday is next….lol. Thanks for sharing this Julie!

  8. Hi, it sounds like a books kids would love, and that’s what it’s all about. I posted about Owl Moon today, but not as part of Perfect Picture Book Friday. I write picture books and this was just a post about a picture book I love.Thanks for telling us about this one.

  9. I like the idea of hollering every now and then while reading out loud! 😉

  10. Nothing gets a classroom full of kids excited as much as having a teacher read a great book with expression- especially when that involves hollering!

  11. I’ll have to check this out. My kids love LOUD EMILY by Alexis O’Neill, which has similar themes of embracing the loud person you are.

  12. I’ve seen this one around the web quite a bit, but haven’t yet read it. Having read Cyn’s YA stuff would love to also read a PB she has written. *BLushing* I can see quite a bit of myself when little in this!

  13. Enjoyed the review and have noted this and the Loud Emily mentioned in the comments as the niece in question is an Emily. Shall check out both.
    But I also diverted on to the Artist’s Way posts which made me realise just how much I miss doing it too. Not that I ever finished.
    So pleased to have found you through the blog comment challenge.

  14. This sounds like a fun book! The cover illustration alone made me giggle. I love books with humor.

  15. Great review and selection. Have heard of it, but haven’t read it. Sounds like it would be a hilarious book for kids. And, an opportunity to talk about volume. My daughter was hearing impaired, so volume was an issue at times. Would have loved this for her whe she was young.

  16. Sounds like a fun, fab read. Thanks, Julie!

  17. I love books with a southwestern theme. Fun selection. Plus, it’s a bonus when anyone can save the day.

  18. It may even be as humorous as my selection of “Diary of a Spider” would you say? Thanks for introducing this book to us and for selecting it for PPBF. 🙂

  19. I haven’t read this one! Shame on me, I’m a Texas girl! 😉 It sounds like so much fun, though. This one is moving to the the top of my “To Read,” list. 🙂

  20. This book looks darling, Julie.

    I can’t remember if you follow Vivian’s blog, or she yours. Or whether I’ve already given you a link to her. If I’m being redudant, sorry:


    She’s running a give-away right now for parents who read to their kids.

  21. Love this book. One of my kids got it for free through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

  22. I haven’t read or heard of this book yet, but I absolutely LOVE the title!

  23. Oh my gosh, will watch for this one! Love, love the cover and the title!

  24. We read this book when we celebrated Cynthia Leitich Smith’s birthday over a year ago. We really liked it and it inspired us to paint a picture of someone “hollering loudly”. Great choice.

  25. YaaaHEee!!! Sounds like he would have felt right at home in the coastal plains of North Carolina back when “Hollering” across wide open fields was the main means of neighbor contact…They still hold an annual Hollering contest in “Spivey’s Corner”..

  26. Great cover. Great sounding book!


  27. I love the title. My kids will love this, sounds like a fun read.

  28. This sounds like a must-read for me :•)

  29. This book sounds great and I’ll bet it’s a whole lot of fun to read aloud!

  30. I love it when books are actually fun to read aloud.

  31. I haven’t read this, but it sounds great! Both my boys need to learn hot wo reign in their loudness, so it sounds good for them. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Can’t wait to read this! 😉 I have to find out what happpens to Holler when the tornado comes! 🙂

  33. What a great idea for a book! I love when something that someone is ridiculed for actually ends up being a blessing. Haven’t read this yet, but will definitely check it out.

  34. Nancy (Spirit Lights the Way) said I needed to come and see your blog…WOW…was she right. 🙂
    Glad to connect through Susannah’s PPBF. Love your selection…I’m thrilled to be amassing a bunch of picture books I hadn’t read yet. And I love the theme and how it so perfectly relates to the challenges many young children face.
    I’ll be following your blog so I don’t miss any of your posts.

  35. Well, I’m back again.
    I had been noticing the 12×12 badge on quite a few blogs that are participating in the PPBF and I wondered..what is that?
    So while on your blog, I clicked and discovered your awesome challenge.
    Truthfully, it is just what I need to help me focus on what I should be doing. I would love to participate. Will you contact me to let me know I am “in” or perhaps I should just read the FAQ’s? 🙂
    Thank you, Julie, for a wonderful idea to spark our creativity!

    • Linda Silvestri made the badge. You can copy the image and paste it on your own blog and embed the link to the FAQ post. That way, when people come to your blog, they’ll know you’re participating. If they want more info, they’ll be directed back to the FAQ. But putting the badge on your blog is only optional.

      Welcome!! 🙂

  36. Sorry…me again. 🙂
    I’ll be following your blog via email. 🙂

  37. What a great choice, Julie! Holler sounds like one cool kid! I’ll have to order this one for the library. I love books that celebrate diversity 🙂

  38. This looks absolutely adorable!!!


  39. This is such a fabulous read, and it happens to be written by my VCFA advisor/teacher, Cynthia Leitich Smith. I love the voice and the way the words flow together. Perfect for young readers.

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