Jill Colella

Jill Colella is a former teacher and the author of many nutrition-themed books for children, as well as “The Jewish Holidays Cookbook” (DK Children). She lives in Minneapolis.

Happy cook, reformed picky eater, and longtime classroom teacher Jill Colella founded both Ingredient and Butternut, award-winning children’s magazines that promote food literacy. Jill is based in Minneapolis.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Best-Loved Doll

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ― Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Herve Tullet, Mollie Katzen

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I like the magic of creating something from nothing.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Start today. If you are scared to mar the perfection locked in your mind, you’ll never bring creation into the real world.