About the Author
Jamie Ruthenberg is a Detroit-born author, artist, and illustrator with a rich past in writing, illustrating, and publishing. She has published various works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including 13 children's books and five novels. Currently, she is doing what she loves most—writing and illustrating for children. She has made it no secret that children are her very favorite audience.
Her most recent books are a part of the Miles Educational Series, a heartwarming children’s book series filled with stories of kindness, empathy, generosity, respect for others, and peaceful conflict resolution. The series also has a strong emphasis on reading, comprehension, and writing, as Jamie designed the books to be used in the classroom and at home as educational tools for these subjects.
The first five books in the series, Miles and the Sneaky Squirrels (2015), Miles and the Wren House Toad (2016), Miles and the Best Birthday Gift (2017), Miles Finds a New Friend (2018), and Miles and the Summer Day (2020) are all currently available on jamieruthenberg.com and on Amazon. Many of the books Jamie has illustrated for other authors around the country are also available on Amazon.
Jamie is also the illustrator of the Pincy’s Auto Show Adventures children's book series, which includes Pincy's Auto Show Adventures: Pincy Saves the Day and Pincy's Auto Show Adventure: Special Agent Pincy. This is a not-for-profit series, sponsored by the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and PNC to support the PNC Grow Up Great Program. The program is a multi-lingual initiative designed to help underserved preschool children achieve success in school and life.
She is also the illustrator of another not-for-profit book, The Tale of the Beautiful Cat (2017), written by the late Ruth Cain. This book is available at jamieruthenberg.com and on Amazon, and all proceeds go to Detroit Public Schools Foundation.
In addition to her career as an author and illustrator, Jamie is also a proficient writer and artist in many different genres as owner and president of J. Ruthenberg & Co. Writing Services, Inc., a business that specializes in a range of services that include writing, editing, illustration artwork, commissioned artwork, and/or publishing.
Jamie has been a featured subject throughout the media, such as in the Clarkston News, Macomb Daily, Oakland Press, and the Detroit Free Press. She has been a featured guest on the television program People and Money, and has made several appearances on CBS Detroit's Michigan Matters hosted by Carol Cain and TV20's Movie Show Plus with Greg Russell.
She has a rich educational past, including two Bachelor’s degrees and a Master’s of Art degree, with majors centering on English, creative writing, and elementary education. As a self-taught artist, all of Jamie's illustrations are created with a number two pencil and watercolor paint. She has taught the beauty of the writing and art process to students in a wide range of classrooms, from graduate students to kindergarteners, and has published various works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art.
Today, Jamie lives in Clarkston, Michigan with her daughter and her two comical rescue cats, Oz and Ella.