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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1964 in Chicago, IL


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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''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