James Rumford

I grew up in Southern California. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad and Afghanistan. I was a Fulbright lecturer in Rwanda. I have lived in Honolulu for over thirty years. I began writing and illustrating children's books in 1996, with the publication of my first book, The Cloudmakers (Houghton Mifflin). Since that time, I have written and illustrated 16 books and many more are on the way. I am also interested in fine bookmaking and have my own letter press called Manoa Press, founded in 1986. I have published many limited-edition handmade books.


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From the Good Mountain

James Rumford
Flash Point

What was made of rags and bones, soot and seeds? What took a mountain to make? For the answer, travel back to the fifteenth century—to a time when books...


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Tiger and Turtle

written and illustrated by James Rumford
A Neal Porter Book

TOUCHES OF AESOP AND KIPLING mark James Rumford’s fable about two unlikely rivals. Tiger says he saw the flower first, but Turtle disagrees. Through pages...


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Silent Music

by James Rumford
A Neal Porter Book

WHEN BOMBS BEGIN TO FALL, Ali drowns out the sould of war with a pen. Like other children living in Baghdad, Ali loves soccer, music and dancing, but...


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