“Delightful… An endearing story about grief and friendship that will resonate with readers.” –School Library Journal

Molly B. Burnham has been a dog walker, ice-cream scooper, and elementary school teacher. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters, and a dog named Pepito. Molly earned an MFA in children’s writing from Hamline University. She won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award for her debut book Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker; she followed with two sequels in the series, Teddy Mars: Almost a Winner and Teddy Mars: Almost an Outlaw.

The Infinite Questions of Dottie Bing, her next book, is an enchanting middle grade novel about navigating the odd spaces between grieving and everyday living, and learning to carry sadness in one hand, and joy in the other. It will be published in January 2023.

The Infinite Questions of Dottie Bing

Dial Books |
Middle Grade Fiction

An enchanting middle grade about navigating the odd spaces between grieving and everyday living, and learning to carry sadness in one hand, and joy in the other.

Ten-year-old Dottie Bing is a problem-solver and question-asker who is never more gleeful than when she’s encountering a new dilemma– whether it’s her own, or someone else’s. But when her Grandpa Walter comes to stay (and stay, and stay!) he brings the biggest question that Dottie has ever encountered: How do you heal a broken heart?

You see, Grandpa Walter is grieving the loss of his beloved wife, Dottie’s Grandma Ima. Even though she knows every solution starts with a question, for the first time in her life, Dottie isn’t sure what to ask.

Teddy Mars Book #3: Almost an Outlaw

Katherine Tegen Books |
Middle Grade Fiction

Teddy goes from record breaker to rule breaker in this conclusion to the hilarious and heartwarming series by the winner of the 2016 Sid Fleischman Humor Award.

Told in short, accessible sections with fun lists and rambunctious illustrations, the heartwarming Teddy Mars series is perfect for reading aloud. Teddy’s never-give-up attitude will have readers laughing out loud and striving to break world records of their own.

Just like world records, some rules are made to be broken. When Teddy’s great-aunt Ursula moves in, she makes rules about everything from juice to The Guinness Book of World Records to being a good big brother. At first, Teddy is excited. Maybe she’ll finally end The Destructor’s reign of terror! But when Aunt Ursula’s newest rule, PIGEONS ARE NOT PETS, puts the neighborhood pigeons in danger, Teddy may have to bend a few rules to save them.

Teddy Mars Book #2: Almost a Winner

Katherine Tegen Books |
Middle Grade Fiction

Teddy goes from record breaker to friendship fixer in the heartwarming and hilarious follow-up to Molly B. Burnham’s 2016 Sid Fleischman Humor Award-winning debut, Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker, now in paperback.

Win or lose, friends stick together. But when Teddy’s whole class decides to break a bigger, better world record, friends turn into enemies. And Teddy feels stuck in the middle. To fix this mess, Teddy will have to do something he’s never done before—try NOT to break a record! Can he win at losing before his whole class misses out? Humor and grit triumph in this story of one boy’s struggle to make peace in a class full of record breakers, a coop full of pigeons, and a world full of wonders.

Told in short, accessible sections with fun lists and highly rambunctious illustrations, the heartwarming Teddy Mars series is perfect for reading aloud. Teddy’s never-give-up attitude will have readers laughing out loud and striving to break world records of their own.

Teddy Mars Book #1: Almost a World Record Breaker

Katherine Tegen Books |
Middle Grade Fiction

Sid Fleischman Humor Award Winner!

Fans of Jeff Kinney’s humor and Sharon Creech’s heartfelt stories will love this hilarious new series about a ten-year-old boy from a big family who dreams of making it into The Guinness Book of World Records.

Teddy Mars is determined to stand out in a world full of wonders and a house bursting with siblings. With the help of his best friends, Teddy tries to build the biggest snow mound, stuff the most grapes in his mouth, and lift a chair with his teeth. He’ll do anything to succeed—even if it means sleeping in a tent and cleaning up pigeon poop for Grumpy Pigeon Man. Too bad his pesky little brother, also known as The Destructor, always wrecks Teddy’s record-breaking plans!

Told in short, accessible sections, with memorable lists and winning illustrations, Molly B. Burnham’s Teddy Mars #1: Almost a World Record Breaker is perfect for reading aloud. Teddy’s never-give-up attitude will have readers laughing out loud and clamoring to break records of their own!

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Wondering: How A Book Begins

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The Power of Humor

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Revising: A.K.A The Writing Process

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Fact and Fiction: How a Writer Uses Both 

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Same and Different: How Writers and Readers Connect to Books

Fun Facts about Molly

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Honors, Awards & Recognition

Sid Fleischman Humor Award Winner

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