Origami n' Stuff 4 Kids

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Harvard Medical School Better Together Dialogue: Discussing "The Angel of Santo Tomas -The Story of Fe del Mundo"

Feb 10, 2022, 3-4:30 EST, 10-11:30 HST
Join me for a discussion of "The Angel of Santo Tomas: The Story of Fe del Mundo," hosted by the Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion & Community Partnership.  

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Angel of Santo Tomas - The Story of Fe del Mundo

Learn more about Fe del Mundo, a remarkable Filipina pediatrician, scientist, author, and educator who led a life of courage and dedication! The Angel of Santo Tomas - The Story of Fe del Mundo, Tumblehome Books. Coming February 1, 2022. 


#fedelmundo #angelofsantotomas

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Free Zoom Event!

 February 2, 2022, 5:00PM EST/Noon HST

Registration is open, and the countdown begins!

Join me for a free Zoom session to learn about the life and work of Filipina pediatrician Fe del Mundo, a scientist, author, educator, and lifelong advocate for the welfare of children, who received multiple awards for her humanitarian work and for her dedication to “the poorest of the poor.”

Sharks keep the ocean ecosystem in balance!

 Happy New Year! Beginning 1/1/2022, Hawaii Act 51 (House Bill 533) makes it illegal to knowingly capture, entangle or kill any species of shark in Hawaiian waters.

Learn more about sharks and their critical role in the environment in "Shark Patrol," by Ron Hirschi, illust. by Tammy Yee, Mutual Publishing.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

20th Biennial Conference on Literature and Hawaii's Children


I'll be presenting with author/illustrator Akiko White and author Vera Arita at the 20th Biennial Conference on Literature and Hawaii's Children, a free conference for parents, teachers, librarians, writers, illustrators, + anyone interested in children's literature. Register now!

Sunday, June 6



C3  So You Want to Write a Children's Book? This Is Our Path to Publication and Beyond

We will present to you our path to publication and answer any questions you may have on how to get your manuscript in the hands of little children everywhere! We will also tell you about our local Hawai‘i’ chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, which has helped many on their publication journey.


Escape Greenland

  • Escape Greenland
  • Written by Ellen Prager
  • With illustrations by Tammy Yee

I had a great time working with marine scientist and author Dr. Ellen Prager on Escape Greenland, the latest addition to the Wonderlist Adventures series for young readers. Written for 9-12 year-olds, Ellen's adventure books are filled with nature, science, humor, and friendship. 

  • Publisher : Tumblehome, Inc. 
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 248 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1943431701
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1943431700
  • Reading age : 9 - 12 years
  • Grade level : 4 - 7

"Ezzy Skylar has inherited some of her geologist mother's daring along with her collection of special scarves. Now, along with her surgeon father and ten-year-old brother Luke, she has embarked on a trip to Greenland's Kangia Icefjord. But something isn't right."

You can find Escape Greenland at tumblehomebooks.org.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Spring Break fun with mazes, mandalas, and more!

After a year spent indoors because of the pandemic, I have finally merged my origami and paper engineering hobbies with my interest in conservation to create an activity book for kids. 

Rainforests and Reefs, available online through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, makes learning fun with hours of puzzles, spot-the-difference, word seek, mazes, and more.

In it, you can also make paper bag puppets, bird masks, a Hawaiian monk seal visor, and several origami models.

Need help with the paper construction? I've uploded instructional videos to my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/TammyYee.


 Rainforests and Reefs

From the mountains to the sea, make learning fun at home or on the go. A variety of activities and puzzles teach children about tropical wildlife and conservation. Featuring mazes, mandalas, spot the difference, word seek, and more. With 14 bonus paper projects including masks, paper bag puppets, and origami. Links to instructional videos guide children through the paper projects.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Stay-at-home Read-aloud: Shark Patrol, by Ron Hirschi, illustrated by Tammy Yee

Fisheries biologist Ron Hirschi reads from our new book, "Shark Patrol," that follows the S.S. Scoutabout on its voyage in the Pacific to learn about sharks! Perfect read-aloud for kids curious about the ocean.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Fun and educational mazes keep kids busy!

Looking for activities while school is out?

AMAZING MAZES UNDER THE SEA IN HAWAII features twenty-one mazes that take kids on an underwater adventure in Hawaiian waters where they can wind there way around reefs and coral to learn more about its sea creatures--from ink-squirting he'e (octopus) to soaring malolo (flying fish).

Author Ellie Crowe introduces fascinating facts about each animal, and illustrator Tammy Yee brings them to life in detailed, textured drawings that makes you feel as if you're diving deep under Hawai'i's sea.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Home Resources from Arbordale Publishing!

To assist parents, teachers, and children during school closures, ArbordaleKids is making their digital books available for FREE to all teachers and students through May 15, 2020. Start reading today!

Visit https://www.arbordalepublishing.com/digitalbooks-permissions.htm.

Thursday, February 27, 2020


Art from "Penguin on Vacation," by Salina Yoon.

March 14-15
University of Hawai'i Law School

If you're interested in writing or illustrating children's books, don't miss this rare opportunity to learn from the best in the industry!

A fantastic lineup and VERY reasonable conference and workshop rates, right here in Hawaii!

Monday, December 16, 2019

Mermaid Evolution: The making of "The Castle That Kai Built" by Tammy Yee, Island Heritage Publishing

Before there was Kai, there was an anglerfish.

Who was roughly based on my bulldog, Roxy.

And since every memorable character needs a sidekick, I gave her a mermaid.
Who looked something like this...

And this.

Mermaid study, acrylic.

This was back in 2013. She wasn't ready for the world, so I put her aside and worked on other things.

When she was finally ready to come out again, I decided to soften her. And make her more representative of children everywhere. After all, diversity isn't represented in the color of your hair, whether it be pink or purple. So Kai got several makeovers.

The final illustrations were done in Procreate on an iPadPro.

And that's Kai's story!

The Castle That Kai Built

By Tammy Yee
Island Heritage Publishing
Hardcover: 32 pages
ISBN-10: 1617104108
ISBN-13: 978-1617104107

What happens when Kai the mermaid and her loyal pet anglerfish build a castle under the sea?

They are joined by a rollicking cast of sea creatures — including a mischievous octopus, a school of jellyfish and playful dolphins — whose wild antics stir up trouble. Tammy Yee's bright illustrations invite children to search for details as the follow Kai on her aquatic adventure.

The Castle That Kai Built is a cumulative tale in which the story repeats and builds as more characters are introduced.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Castle That Kai Built Origami and Coloring Activities

Just in time for the holidays, here are origami and coloring activities for my new book, The Castle That Kai Built, Island Heritage Publishing.

Kai Mermaid Origami (Color)

Kai Mermaid Origami (BW)

Kai Coloring Page

The Castle That Kai Built

By Tammy Yee
Island Heritage, 2019

Kai the mermaid builds a lavish sandcastle under the sea. The castle seems to attract all kinds of sea life, from clams and jellyfish to fearsome sharks and playful dolphins. One-by-one, each visitor causes a troublemaking chain of events that leads to disaster for Kai! What will happen to Kai and the castle that Kai built? The Castle That Kai Built is a cumulative tale in which the story repeats and builds as more characters are introduced.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Shark Patrol Coloring Page

New! Coloring page for my book, "Shark Patrol," written by Ron Hirschi, illustrated by Tammy Yee, Mutual Publishing.

Enjoy, and visit my author/illustrator page, www.tammyyee.com

And follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/babyhonu/

Young Kai and Lehua hop aboard the SS Scoutabout for an adventure of a lifetime, studying sharks with Captain Mike, biologist Aunt Jan, and their seafaring pup, Scout. Cruising from Hawaii to California, they encounter beautiful oceanic whitetips, great whites, thrashing threshers, and the biggest fish of all, the whale shark. Approaching the mainland, they discover all is not well for some sharks in California waters and the two kids make plans to help the sharks, to help the ocean!

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