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Ilona E Holland reading Buddy Bison's Yellowstone Adventure

Dr. Ilona E. Holland Bio

Dr. Ilona E. Holland is an educator and writer who weaves information into stories so children can grasp the wind and see beneath movement of the sand.

Dr. Holland spent most of her professional life in education. She was on the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for 14 years and an evaluator for numerous educational technology projects including PBS programs like Martha Speaks, CyberChase, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, among others. She was also an advisor for the PBS Emmy Award-winning WordGirl.  

Over the years, Dr. Holland has served on the boards of the University of Delaware, Delaware State University and the Delaware Art Museum. She currently serves on the Delaware Council on Libraries, the Educational Advisory Board of the National Park Trust, The Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Education (University of Delaware) and is a trustee for the Lewes Historical Society and the Children’s Beach House in Lewes, DE and the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, DE. She holds an Ed.D. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

These days, she spends most of her time writing for children and visiting schools.


Judy Love, Illustrator



JANUARY 4, 2021

Interview by Hagley From Home: The Great Explosion by Ilona Holland

Fire, explosions, and flying debris test the courage of the du Pont children who race from their home to escape the dangers of the nearby family powder mill. Another explosion could happen any minute! Share the children’s adventure as they make their way to safety. Based on true events from 1818, this book combines fact with fiction to keep you turning the pages as you learn about the duPont children and life at Eleutherian Mills.

April 15, 2019

Celebrating Local Authors from Delmarva

Author Ilona Holland talks about her book, “The Lost Locket of Lewes” with illustrator Judy Love

December 11, 2020

Thank you, Dr. Holland!

Dr. Libby thanks Dr. Holland for her presentaion at Shields Elementary School.

OCTOBER 23, 2019

Sergeant Major Daniel Dailey Reads Buddy Bison's Yellowstone Adventure

United Through Reading and National Park Trust partnered together to bring families a special UTR recording of Buddy Bison’s Yellowstone Adventure by author Ilona E. Holland. Sergeant Major Daniel Dailey, 15th SMA of the U.S. Army, takes us on the adventure in this special video.

MARCH 31, 2016​

Celebrating Local Authors from Delmarva​

As we celebrate Delmarva, it’s not just about the stories we focus on, but the people behind them as well.  That includes the many people who write stories – particularly, children’s books. Author Dr. Ilona Holland from Rehoboth Beach, Del. recently published her first children’s book, “Buddy Bison’s Yellowstone Adventure,” with the National Park Trust and  National Geographic Kids.

May 17, 2019

99.1 Radio Rehoboth

The Lost Locket of Lewes

“This was a delightful read! The author combined a magical tale with the most fascinating history lesson to captivate any reader of any age. (I certainly let my imagination run off with the main characters to the 4th of July 1893.) Great care to the historical material provided after the story was evident. Fact from Fiction was spot on and I’m sure readers will appreciate learning how the facts influenced the story. Adding Evaporating Peaches, Muskrat Stew, and Pirates in Lewes to the end of the book was creativity at its best. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful and add additional life to the tale. Kudos for adding the Learn More section. ..a wonderful tool to keep the magic going. BRAVA!”

– National Federation of Press Women

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