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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ruth Spiro  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: 1964 in Chicago, IL


-- Blog -- http://ruthspiro.com/blog/
-- Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/RuthSpiro.Author
-- Pinterest -- https://www.pinterest.com/ruthspiro/
-- Twitter -- https://twitter.com/ruthspiro?lang=en
-- Website -- http://www.ruthspiro.com
-- Ruth Spiro on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=ruth+spiro

E-Mail: -- ruthbspiro@gmail.com


Illinois Connection

Spiro was born in Chicago and attended Stone Elementary School (now Stone Scholastic Academy) where she proudly served as Prinicpal for a Day in 2008. She then moved to Highland Park and attended Highland Park High School. Ruth graduated with a B. S. in 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. Her ''Baby Loves Science'' board book series is published by Charlesbridge. She also a new picture book series published by Dial Books coming out shortly. It is called, ''Made by Maxine.'' Ruth’s debut picture book, ''Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist'' won awards from Writer’s Digest and Willamette Writers, and was a Bank Street College of Education Best Book. 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. Ruth graduated with a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois and earned an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters.


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 '''Other Awards

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Ruth enjoys visiting schools and speaking to writing groups. She presents a variety of programs on the writing process for both children and adults. For information on availability and fees, contact her at [mailto:ruth@ruthspiro.com ruth@ruthspiro.com].

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 gravity!
ISBN: 9781632897251. OCLC Number: 981908123

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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 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 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."--

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.