Biography & Notes




Photo:  Annie T.

Photo:  Annie T.

Ruth is the illustrator of over 60 books (19 of which she is also the author). She has had the great pleasure of illustrating for authors such as Hazel Hutchins and Sharon Jennings.  Ruth lives with her family in Toronto, Canada and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. Ruth's books have been shortlisted for awards such as the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book, Mr. Christie, Shining Willow, Rainforest of Reading and Blue Spruce.  They have been selected for the NYC READS365, Pennsylvania Centre for the Book's “Baker’s Dozen”, the Canadian Toy Testing Council's "Great Books", the Ontario Library Association's "Best Bets", Canadian Children's Book Centre "Best Books" and the Toronto Public Library's "First & Best".  Ruth's latest books include "Scribble" (Scholastic Canada) and "Fox and Squirrel The Best Christmas Ever" (Scholastic Canada).



 Over the past several years, I've had the pleasure of presenting across Canada at events such as the Alberta Library Association Conference in Jasper, Edmonton's Early Childhood Education Conference, Saskatchewan's Festival of Words, Calgary's Wordfest, Moncton's Frye Festival and Nanaimo's Children's Book Festival.  I've shared my work at schools and libraries from Newfoundland to Nanaimo to the Northwest Territories.  I look forwards to visiting libraries and schools in Northern Manitoba and Western Canada in 2016/2017. Excited to be a workshop leader for the 2016 Durham Catholic School Board Full Day Kindergarten Summer Camp. I enjoyed being a 2013 and 2015 instructor for Toronto Public Library's 4 week workshop (for ages 8-12)  "Create the Next Great Picture Book" and the 2011-2012 Writer-in-Residence for the Toronto District School Board.    I love connecting with kids!

Find out more about my visits here.



Many of the books I have illustrated have been translated into different languages. "Fox and Squirrel", "Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend" and "Clara and the Bossy" have been translated into Korean.  "Shh! My Brother's Napping" has been translated into Spanish. The "Shh! My Brother's Napping" French rights outside of North America have been sold to Belgium`s Mijade.  "Fox and Squirrel" and "Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend"  have been translated into Simplified Chinese.  All six of the "Chicken, Pig, Cow" have been translated into Simplified Chinese.