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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ruth Spiro  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1964 in Chicago, IL


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-- Twitter -- https://twitter.com/ruthspiro?lang=en
-- Website -- http://www.ruthspiro.com


Illinois Connection

Spiro was born in Chicago and attended Stone Elementary School (now Stone Scholastic Academy) where she proudly served as Principal for a Day in 2008. She attended Highland Park High School. Ruth graduated with a BS in Communications/Advertising from the University of Illinois, and earned an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. She currently resides in Deerfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ruth Spiro is a children’s book author and freelance writer. She is especially known for her Baby Loves Science board book series. Her writing has appeared in ''FamilyFun'', ''CHILD'', and ''The Writer'', and also in popular anthologies, notably ''The Right Words at the Right Time'' (Vol. II), edited by Marlo Thomas, and several ''Chicken Soup for the Soul'' titles.

A frequent speaker at schools and conferences, Ruth’s previous appearances include the Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Book Fair, Millennium Park Family Fun Festival, Illinois Young Authors Conference, and the Virginia Festival of the Book.


Awards

'Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist '

Best Book of the Year, Bank Street College of Education

Liam Callen Award

'Baby Loves Quarks! '

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

'Baby Loves Thermodynamics '

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Selected Titles At Your Library

Baby loves aerospace engineering!
ISBN: 9781580895415. OCLC Number: 913957529

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Introduces the basics of flight to readers with very simple explanations of why birds, planes, and rockets are able to fly.

Baby loves coding!
ISBN: 9781580898843. OCLC Number: 1003828364

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Baby's train is in the toy box--all the way across the room. Can Baby think step-by-step like a coder to get it?--Back cover.

Baby Loves Democracy!
ISBN: 1623542278. OCLC Number: 1111639655

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"A simple, fact-filled introduction for the smallest activists on how to participate in a democracy by making your voice heard and voting"--

Baby loves gravity! /
ISBN: 158089836X. OCLC Number: 981907871

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Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the ups and downs of gravity. When baby drops food from a high chair, why does it fall? Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

Baby loves green energy! /
ISBN: 1580899269. OCLC Number: 1015281330

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"Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the science of global warming and shows how we can use green energy to help combat climate change."--

Baby Loves Hearing!
ISBN: 1623541026. OCLC Number: 1048057933

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Explores the science behind the sense of hearing, and technical advances that can help people with impaired hearing.

Baby Loves Justice!
ISBN: 1623542286. OCLC Number: 1126353617

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"A simple, fact-filled introduction for the smallest citizen on the judicial branch of the government"--

Baby loves quantum physics!
ISBN: 9781580897693. OCLC Number: 1019854121

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The next two books in the Baby Loves series tackle the first law of thermodynamics (energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can change forms) and Schrödinger's Cat, the famous thought experiment involving quantum theory (quantum physics states that a particle can exist in multiple places at once). Accurate enough to satisfy an expert and simple enough for the rest of us to comprehend, the Baby Loves board books are perfect for geeky moms and dads who want to share their love of science, for parents who want to give their infant a head start on Harvard, and for hipster aunts and uncles who want that oh-so-clever gift for the baby shower.--

Baby loves quarks! /
ISBN: 1580895409. OCLC Number: 913957656

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Offers a simplified explanation of quarks, protons, neutrons, atoms, and molecules.

Baby loves scientists :
ISBN: 1623541492. OCLC Number: 1081384714

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"Acurate enough for experts, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the careers in science a baby can aspire to: Aerospace Engineer, Astronomer, Chemist, Environmental Scientist, Meteorologist, Software Engineer, Sound Engineer, Structural Engineer, Theoretical Physicist, Zoologist"--

Baby Loves Sight!
ISBN: 1623541034. OCLC Number: 1057242121

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Explores the science behind the sense of sight, and technical advances that can help people with impaired vision.

Baby Loves Smell!
ISBN: 1623541530. OCLC Number: 1099542974

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"Accurate enough for experts, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the science of smell."--

Baby loves structural engineering! /
ISBN: 1580899277. OCLC Number: 1012635308

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"A baby discovers structural engineering through play."--

Baby Loves Taste!
ISBN: 1623541549. OCLC Number: 1099539421

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"Accurate enough for experts, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the science of taste."--

Baby loves thermodynamics! /
ISBN: 1580897681. OCLC Number: 959371824

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"The next two books in the Baby Loves series tackle the first law of thermodynamics (energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can change forms) and Schrödinger's Cat, the famous thought experiment involving quantum theory (quantum physics states that a particle can exist in multiple places at once). Accurate enough to satisfy an expert and simple enough for the rest of us to comprehend, the Baby Loves board books are perfect for geeky moms and dads who want to share their love of science, for parents who want to give their infant a head start on Harvard, and for hipster aunts and uncles who want that oh-so-clever gift for the baby shower."--

Baby Loves Touch!
ISBN: 1623541557. OCLC Number: 1099543663

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"Accurate enough for experts, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the science of touch."--

Lester Fizz, bubble-gum artist /
ISBN: 0525478612. OCLC Number: 216938803

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Everyone in the Fizz family is an artist. Everyone, that is, except Lester, whose paintings are pitiful and doodles are drab. He can't seem to find a way to fit in with the illustrious Fizzes, until one day a mouthful of gum becomes a work of art in Lester's talented lips.

Made by Maxine
ISBN: 9780525553168. OCLC Number: 1056625533

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When Maxine's school puts on a pet parade, she creates a unique contraption to allow her very special pet fish, Milton, to participate.

Maxine and the Greatest Garden Ever!
ISBN: 0399186301. OCLC Number: 1155069028

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