I have spoken at:

The United Nations Plaza
The Smithsonian
The JFK Library
The University of Wisconsin
The University of Hawai‘i
Read to Me International
Children Literature Hawai‘i
Chaminade University
The Cleveland Public Library
The Hawai‘i State Library
Simmons College
The Algonquin Hotel
The Long Beach Museum of Art
The Honolulu Museum of Art
The Maui Writers' Conference



Contact Information and FAQ’s


If you would like to get in touch with me, the simplest and the easiest way is to send me an e-mail at this address:aloha@jamesrumford.com.

FAQ :: frequently asked questions

· Do you sell original illustrations from your books?  No, not at this time.

· Do you visit schools, give conferences, and accept speaking engagements? Yes. See the side panel to the right.

· Do you edit manuscripts, critique manuscripts, or do consulting?  No, I don’t.

· Do you illustrate other people’s stories? No, I don’t.

· What is your favorite book you have written? The one I'm presently working on.

· Do you do telephone interviews, skype, etc.? I don't like to.

· Do you answer questions for blogs or do written blog interviews about children's books and writing and illustrating. Yes, I do. Do you charge? No, I don't.

· What is a typical presention that you do? I tell how I became a writer and illustrator, answer questions from the audience and perhaps tell a story.

· Can you do a presentation in another language? Oui, en français & ma ka 'ōlelo Hawai‘i.

My Work Has been Shown at:

The Chicago Institute of Art
The Society of American Illustrators
The New York Public Library
Punahou School, Honolulu
The Honolulu Museum of Art
The Hawai‘i State Museum

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If you would like me to come to your school, within the County of Honolulu, my fee is $200 / hour, unless the activity you would like me to be part of is for the promotion of literacy and involves parents. In that case, there is no fee.
If you would like me to come to your school, which is located on another island, my fee is $200 / hour + airfare and ground transportation.
If you would like me to come to your school, which is located on the US Mainland, please contact me here
If you would like me to speak at your event,please contact me here