Kinnaird, Ross

Kinnaird, Ross

In Brief

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ross Kinnaird is an illustrator. He first began illustrating children’s books in 2002 with the popular Why Do Dogs Sniff Bottoms?, by Dawn McMillan, which won the Children’s Choice Award at the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. He has since gone on to illustrate several books, including two written by William Taylor for the ‘Kiwi Bites’ series. In 2007, his collaboration with Sharon Holt, It’s True! You Can Make Your Own Jokes, was nominated as a finalist in the non-fiction category of the New Zealand Post Book Awards.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kinnaird, Ross (1954 –) is an illustrator. He was born and raised in Hamilton. Educated in Auckland, he lived in both Sydney and Hong Kong before returning to live in New Zealand.

The first book Kinnaird illustrated was Why Do Dogs Sniff Bottoms? (2002) which won the Children’s Choice Award at the 2003 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The work was also listed as a 2003 Storylines Notable Picture Book.

Kinnaird has since illustrated One Chocolate Fish: A New Zealand Counting Book (2002), Albert (2003), Getting Board (2003), Doggy Doo on My Shoe (2004) and The Biggest Number in the Universe (Scholastic, 2004), which was listed as a 2005 Storylines Notable Picture Book.

Ross Kinnaird illustrated Where Do Flies Go In Winter?, written by Dawn McMillan (Penguin Books, 2005).

Kinnaird and McMillan also worked together on Seagull Sid and the Naughty Things His Seagulls Did! (Reed Publishing, 2005). Sid has decided it's time for seagulls to reclaim the beaches so, together with his feathered friends, he hatches a cunning plan to scare off the messy human visitors.

Kinnaird illustrated two books by William Taylor in 2005; Gladys the Goat (Penguin Books), which is part of the Kiwi Bites series and Albert the Cat (Puffin).

In 2005, he also illustrated I Know About Babies by Rochelle Neale (Mallinson Rendel) and The Really Sticky Grubby Lolly by Yvonne Marie Dudman (Reed Books).

Ross Kinnaird teamed up with Julie Leibrich on Nesta and the Missing Zero (Scholastic, 2006).

Wooly Wally (Reed, 2006) was written by Dawn McMillan.

In 2007, his collaboration with writer Sharon Holt, It’s True! You Can Make Your Own Jokes, was nominated as a finalist in the non-fiction category of the 2007 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The book was also on the Storylines 2007 Notable Books list.

Cindy and the Lost Jandal written by Chris Gurney, was published by Scholastic in 2009.

Kinnaird's latest illustrations can be seen in Kiwi Dads (Scholastic, 2009), and Kiwi Mums, both (Scholastic, 2010) written by Yvonne Morrison. Kinnaird also illustrated Big Bouncer, written by Dawn McMillan (Puffin, 2009).

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Updated January 2017.