James Howe
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If you were looking for James Howe, author of over 90 books for young readers, including Bunnicula and The Misfits, you’ve come to the right place! 

If you were looking for a different James Howe, may I invite you to stick around just a little longer? I’m sure he won’t mind – whoever that other James Howe is – if you spend a little time getting acquainted with this one.

Scroll down if you want to find out what’s new – including a cartoon series based on my most popular book! (Hint: It’s about a vegetarian vampire bunny.)

Want to find out how that popular book came to be written?  Check out “Writing Bunnicula” in the ABOUT section. In “Beyond Bunnicula” you can find out what I’ve been doing in the 40 years since! FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and IAQs (Infrequently Asked Questions) have a lot of fun stuff, including my childhood oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe.  (I still make them and they’re still delicious.)

As for those over 90 books I’ve written, they’re all there under BOOKS. You can even buy one in my STORE if you’re looking for something to read.

HOWEVER, as easy as it is to shop online and as much as I do it myself, I want to encourage you to support your local bookstore (if you’re lucky enough to have one) and buy your books there as often as you can. And don’t forget your local library!

If you’re concerned about bullying and name-calling, you’ll definitely want to check out No Name-Calling Week and The Misfits in the TEACHERS & PARENTS section.

And if you’d like to hear me sing (aw, come on), be sure to visit the MUSIC page. I’m still writing books, but I’m also writings songs these days. The MUSIC page is all about that.

I hope you’ll enjoy the time you spend here and will come back in the future for new information and updates. You can even tell all those other James Howes to drop by. 

Thanks for supporting books and the people who write them!


What's New

Check back here for information on James Howe's upcoming books and author events


Behind The Song

Music is a really important part of my life. I’ve sung since I was a kid (in school choruses, in musicals, in the shower, at the piano) and I’ve been singing with my husband Mark as part of a singer-songwriter duo called Old Dogs New Tricks for the past several years. You can read more about that in the Music section of this website. And you can read about it in Behind the Song, an absolutely terrific anthology of music-related stories and personal essays, written by 14 young adult authors and musicians. I’m excited to be one of them, and especially to be writing as an author and a musician. My piece, “How Miracles Begin,” tells the story behind the writing of Mark’s and my song “Planting Trees.” I chose that song because every time we sing it I feel in my body just how much it means to me and how important it is to share its words with others.

Do each day the thing that you love. That’s how miracles begin.

To learn more about Behind the Song, visit the book's website.

To hear “Planting Trees” and read more about it, visit the Music page.

Bunnicula on TV

BUNNICULA is now a cartoon series on Boomerang.com! I love it! It’s funny, it’s silly, it’s just a little scary, and it’s completely off-the-wall!

This modern update is adorably gross and very consistently funny.
— Toonzone.net

To learn more about the series, visit the Bunnicula page.

Big bob, little bob

My latest picture book, Big Bob, Little Bob is the story of two boys – both named Bob – who live next door to each other. The question is: Can two very different boys who have very different ways of playing be friends?

The other question is: Which Bob do you think was based on the author?

 OutCaster Jamie interviews James Howe

OutCaster Jamie interviews James Howe

Interview on OutCasting Radio

OutCasting, public radio's groundbreaking LGBTQ youth program, is produced monthly by Media for the Public Good.On this edition of OutCasting, I am asked what it was like to grow up as gay in the 1950s and 1960s, why I felt I couldn't come out until later in life, and the support systems that eventually made that possible. In this very personal interview, I also talk with OutCaster Jamie about my strong desire to be a dad and the effects my coming out had on my daughter and my marriage. To listen, please visit the Media for the Public Good website.


RECENT appearances



Mark and I performed on February 17 at the Music Box in one of our favorite places in the world, the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

We're going to be busy writing songs and working on a CD in the coming months, so look for us next in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York at the RiverArts Music Tour on June 2nd!

NYLA Conference's Empire State Award

Friday, November 10, 2017
Saratoga Springs, NY

Presented by the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association, the Empire State Award honors an author or illustrator living in New York State whose body of work represents excellence in children’s or young adult literature and that has made a significant contribution to literature for young people.

The 2017 Winner was James Howe.  Mr. Howe spoke at the Empire State Award Luncheon at the NYLA Fall Conference on Friday, November 10, 2017 in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Rochester Children’s Book Festival

 2016 Rochester Children’s Book Festival

2016 Rochester Children’s Book Festival

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Rochester, NY

10am – 4pm at Monroe Community College,
1000 East Henrietta Rd. Rochester, NY 14623

Visit the Rochester Children's Book Festival website for more information

See you at the next RCBF – Saturday, November 3, 2018!

Behind the Song Launch Event

 Mark Davis and James Howe with the book’s editor, K.M. Walton

Mark Davis and James Howe with the book’s editor, K.M. Walton

Saturday, September 23, 2017
West Chester, PA

1 - 5PM at the Boxcar Brewing Company, 142 E. Market Street, West Chester, PA 19382

LIVE music from Donn T, James Howe & Mark Davis, David Arnold

Contributors Appearing: David Arnold, Ellen Hopkins, James Howe, Beth Kephart, Elisa Ludwig, E.C. Myers, Tiffany Schmidt, Donn T., and K.M. Walton

What's Coming Up


I am hard at work writing a memoir, so I’m not doing any speaking appearances until the Fall of 2018. Look for me then at book festivals where I will be celebrating the publication of the newest Houndsley and Catina book, Houndsley and Catina and Cousin Wagster, coming out in September. I will be at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival in Chappaqua, NY on Saturday, September 29, and the Rochester Children’s Book Festival, in Rochester, NY on Saturday, November 3. Other book festival appearances to be announced!