Jamie Korngold

Rabbi Jamie S. Korngold received ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and is the founder and spiritual leader of the Adventure Rabbi Program. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her two daughters, Sadie and Ori.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish pictures by Fritz Siebel

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“The night is keen and cold.” – Lauren Thompson, Polar Bear Night

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Amy Hest (the Friday Night’s of Nana)
Jane Dyer
Dr. Seuss

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love to tell stories!

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read and listen to lots and lots of books. Notice the words that make up the story. Words are so much fun. I love of words. When you discover a word that is fun to say (for example I love to say, “bumble bee and pumpernickel”) make up a story using those words. The secret ingredient for making a fabulous book is to use words that paint pictures in the reader’s mind. The order of the words is also important, but getting the right words is the key!
This is my favorite word game. Invite your family or friends to pick the characters or objects to put in your story. For example, yesterday my daughters asked for a story with, princesses, a warthog and pumpernickel bagels. Then you get to make up a story using those words.