Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh is a writer, editor, and author. Her children’s books include CAN YOU HEAR A COO-COO?, and three upcoming titles from Kar-Ben Publishing: A HOOPOE SAYS “OOP!”, LISTEN! ISRAEL’S ALL AROUND, and THE BIGGEST OF ALL.
Jamie started her literary career in Harrison, NY, as Managing Editor of Women’s News. There, she pulled an all-nighter that ended with the printer showing up in a rage and stealing paintings off the wall.
She knew then that the world of publishing was for her.
Jamie went on to spend nearly a decade on staff at Woman’s World magazine, where she wrote hundreds of uplifting tearjerkers. One of her favorites was about a giant pet pig who stopped a thief. Another was featured in the New York Times bestselling series Small Miracles, by tearjerker masters Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal.
Jamie went on to become Editor-in-Chief of Vital Juice, a daily wellness email and website, during which time she spent an afternoon training with a female ninja. She served as Managing Editor of the nutrition-themed website and email Clean Plates, which led to such wild enthusiasm for fermentation that she considered life as a professional pickler. She was also Editor of CarleyK.com, personality Carley Knobloch’s website about digital technology and style. Thanks to Carley, Jamie now knows the differences between flash drives, solid-state drives…and cord tacos.
Jamie’s current feature-writing “home” is National Geographic KIDS. Thanks to Nat Geo, Jamie is aware of tardigrades, and suspicious of their planetary origin. As a lyricist, Jamie writes for ad campaigns and films. She is a member of SCBWI, a graduate of Wellesley College, and she is conversational in French, Hebrew, and Felis catus (meow).
Awards / Honors
- PJ Library Author Incentive Award for CONSTRUCTION KITTEN (2018)
- Selected for PJ Library’s Israel Author Adventure, 2018
- PJ Library Author Incentive Award for LISTEN! ISRAEL’S ALL AROUND (2017)
- PJ Library Selection: LISTEN! ISRAEL’S ALL AROUND (2017)
- Clarion Award for Excellence in Journalism (1999)
- Mary Lyons ’35 Prize for Writing (Wellesley College, 1998)