New picture book by Ohio author and early literacy advocate


Those Are Not My Underpants! By Melissa Martin” Published by Random House (largest publishing house in the world). Now found in public libraries across Ohio.

“Melissa Martin’s new picture book is making children giggle. Why? Because kids love to laugh about underpants stories. Most of us wear underwear, so let’s laugh along as we spend time with our children and books. Make reading fun.

“One morning, Bear Cub wakes up and finds underwear hanging on a tree limb. Who could they belong to? Ever inquisitive, he sets out on a quest through the forest to find the tighty whities’ rightful owner. Could the underpants belong to Squirrel? Moose? Snake, maybe? Salmon?! Each animal denies that the bloomers belong to them, but readers will surely be giggling every step on the way…especially when they find out who the underpants actually belong to.”

Published by Random House Books for Young Readers.

Parents, teachers, and readers can find the picture book, “Those Are Not My Underpants!” at public libraries in Ohio. 

Martin, an advocate for early literacy, an Ohio University Alum, a native of Appalachia Ohio, and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, both National and Ohio chapters. Contact

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