December Author Spotlight

Thanks to Marcia Strykowski for featuring me and Alphabet Soup as her December Author Spotlight! I enjoyed answering her questions and Mr. Cornelius loved having his picture on her blog :).

Marcia Strykowski

jama-headshot-2I’m thrilled to introduce you to Jama Kim Rattigan on this month’s author spotlight. Jama caught my attention not only with her lovely picture books, but with her delightful, colorful blog. There is a wonderful variety of interesting information on her blog including art, books, and novelties, along with members of her adorable teddy bear collection. Scroll down to meet two of her fuzzy friends. But first, a few questions!

Please share a little about your published books.

jama 1Though I’ve published three picture books, I am probably best known for my first one, Dumpling Soup, an autobiographical story about an Asian American girl who learns how to make Korean dumplings for her extended family’s New Year’s celebration in Hawai’i. Illustrated by Lillian Hsu-Flanders, it won Little, Brown’s New Voices, New World Multicultural Fiction Contest and is still in print after 22 years.

jama 2My second book, Truman’s Aunt Farm (Houghton Mifflin)…

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4 thoughts on “December Author Spotlight

  1. I love this interview! How wonderful to have you in the spotlight for a change. And I laughed at your comment about being a slow writer in a fast medium. I hear you (and I only have to do a blog post once a month). You never cease to amaze me with the variety, creativity and quality of your posts. Bravo!


    1. Thanks, Linda. It was so nice of Marcia to invite me over. I’ve always envied fast writers. Maybe I need to eat more chocolate. 🙂


  2. Lovely! Your interview was great, Jama, and I was thrilled to read that your first book is still available after those years (time flies!), and your love for food comes from your roots in Hawai. And I also found out we share a favorite: chocolate! The best time of the year is just around the corner: chocolate around the house 24/7! Can’t wait! 🙂

    Wishing you wonderful Holidays and Happy New Year 2016 soon too!



    1. So nice to hear from you, Mia! I’ve been enjoying all your posts with Anna the Mouse (I especially love Bernard the mailman too). Thanks for reading the interview. I wish you a very happy holiday season and LOTS of chocolate!! All the best in the New Year. 🙂


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