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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rachel Ruiz  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Children;

Born: in


-- Website -- https://www.rachelruizbooks.com
-- Rachel Ruiz on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Rachel+Ruiz


Illinois Connection

Ruiz lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rachel Ruiz was inspired to write her first children's book, When Penny Met POTUS, after spending 2012 working for President Barack Obama on his re-election campaign. After a long day at the office, Rachel was greeted by her inquisitive 3-year-old daughter, who asked her questions like, Did you have lunch with POTUS today? Is he allergic to peanut butter? Does he like to wear red socks? The list goes on! When the 3 year old met POTUS at a campaign rally, the inspiration for this book was born. For the past 20 years, she's worked as a TV writer and producer, most recently for Oprah Winfrey. She lives in her hometown of Chicago with her husband and their daughter.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

When Penny Met POTUS
ISBN: 1623707587

Capstone Young Readers. 2016

When Penny Met POTUS will transport you on a presidential adventure in imagination. A smartly written, beautifully illustrated picture book about a young girl whose mother works for a boss named POTUS. POTUS? Just who or -- WHAT -- is a POTUS? Penny is on a mission to find out! She imagines all the fun things she and POTUS will do together when they meet -like have a tea party in the China Room and do important work in the Oval Office. When she goes to work with her mother one day - at a big White House - Penny sneaks off on her own through the historic corridors to find POTUS. Along the way, she chats up the White House butler and Rose Garden gardener. Will she find POTUS? And will he live up to her great expectations? Rachel Ruiz, former producer on Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign, delivers a perfect picture book to get your family talking about the president this election season. Heartwarming and empowering at the same time, this presidential book will teach our kids no dream is too big to dream!

When Hillary Rodham Clinton Played Ice Hockey (Leaders Doing Headstands)
ISBN: 1515815773

Picture Window Books. 2017

Hillary Rodham Clinton has always dreamed big ... and achieved big too. But she didn't become the greatest woman in US political history overnight. She was a kid first-organizing neighborhood carnivals, playing backyard ice hockey, and writing NASA to volunteer for astronaut training. This story shows readers the fun, fears, and challenges young Hillary had and enourages them to find their own strengths and dream big.

When Rosa Parks Went Fishing (Leaders Doing Headstands)
ISBN: 1515815781

Picture Window Books. 2017

No discussion of the Civil Rights Movement is complete without the story of Rosa Parks. But what was this activist like as a child? Following young Rosa from a fishing creek to a one-room schoolhouse, from her wearing homemade clothes to wondering what "white" water tastes like, readers will be inspired by the experiences that shaped one of the most famous African-Americans in history.

The Superhero Project (Superhero Harry)
ISBN: 1479598623

Picture Window Books. 2017

Not only is it Harry’s first day of second grade, but it’s also his birthday! When Harry’s teacher assigns a superhero assignment and says there will be a prize for the best presentation, Harry is extra excited. After all, he knows everything there is to know about being a superhero. But does Harry really understand the assignment? A glossary, discussion questions, writing prompts, and bios complete this early chapter book from the Superhero Harry series.

The Wild Field Trip (Superhero Harry)
ISBN: 1479598615

Picture Window Books. 2017

Harry and his class are headed to the zoo. It should be a super fun day! Unfortunately, Harry trips and accidentally unlatches the monkey gate. Fifty monkeys escape and are swinging all over the zoo, causing chaos everywhere! Harry thinks he can use one of his superhero inventions to get the monkeys back into their habitat, but maybe Harry will have to use his super smarts to save the day! This early chapter book from the Superhero Harry series includes a glossary, discussion questions, writing prompts, and bios.

The Recess Bully (Superhero Harry)
ISBN: 1479598607

Picture Window Books. 2017

Harry loves recess. Well, he used to love recess. A new kid starts picking on Harry and his friends, and now nobody likes recess. Harry decides to use one of his super inventions to defeat the bully and teach him a lesson, but will it work? A glossary, discussion questions, writing prompts, and bios complete this early chapter book from the Superhero Harry series.

The Runaway Robot (Superhero Harry)
ISBN: 1479598550

Picture Window Books. 2017

For Harry’s latest invention, he’s building a super robot. He even programs the robot to do some of his household chores! But when Harry brings his robot to school, things don’t go exactly as planned. The robot seems to have a mind of his own! Can Harry regain control of his invention before it causes chaos all over Parker Elementary? This early chapter book from the Superhero Harry series includes a glossary, discussion questions, writing prompts, and bios.


Awards

'''''When Penny Met POTUS'''''

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018

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