Ruth Paul is a picture book author and illustrator. The first publication she wrote as well as illustrated was The Animal Undie Ball (Scholastic, 2004). She has since written and illustrated more than 12 children's books, including Go Home Flash (Scholastic, 2014), Rabbit's Hide-and-Seek (Walker Books, 2014), Bad Dog Flash (Scholastic, 2013) and My Dinosaur Dad (Scholastic, 2013). Stomp! (Scholastic, 2011) was shortlisted for the 2012 New Zealand NZ Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and The King’s Bubbles won the Children’s Choice award at the 2008 awards. Many of her titles have been shortlisted in the Storylines Notable Books list.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul, Ruth (1964-) is a Wellington-raised writer and illustrator. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University of Wellington, and a Diploma of Visual Communication Design at Wellington Polytechnic (now Massey University Wellington).
In 1991, she became a freelance illustrator. As an illustrator only, Paul’s works include Tom’s Story (Mallinson Rendel Publishers, 1997) by Mandy Hager, and Penguin’s Day Out (Mallinson Rendel Publishers, 1999) by Vivienne Joseph. In 2002 she began to write her own books, with her first publication as an author/illustrator being The Animal Undie Ball (Scholastic, 2004). She has since written and illustrated more than 12 books, including The King’s Bubbles (Scholastic, 2007), Superpotamus (Scholastic, 2008), Two Little Pirates (Scholastic, 2010), Stomp! (Scholastic, 2011), Hedgehog's Magic Tricks (Walker Books 2012), My Dinosaur Dad (Scholastic, 2013), Rabbit's Hide-and-Seek (Walker Books, 2014), Bad Dog Flash (Scholastic 2013)and Go Home Flash (Scholastic, 2014).
Ruth Paul's books have been translated into different media forms. The Animal Undie Ball was produced by Capital E as a stage performance with the Java Dance Company in their 2007 Children’s Arts Festival. The Animal Undie Ball, Superpotamus and Two Little Pirates have all featured on Wurrawhy, Channel 10 Australia's preschool television series, and Stomp! has appeared on the ABC network's children's show Playschool. Bad Dog Flash has also been published as an ebook via its US publisher (Sourcebooks, 2014).
Paul's poem 'Sparkle' is included in A Treasury of NZ Poems, edited by Paula Green (Random House NZ, 2014), and a number of her stories have been read on Radio New Zealand's Storytime programme. Her books have been translated into MÄori, Korean, Chinese, French and Spanish. Her books are currently published in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, China and Korea.
The King’s Bubbles was shortlisted for Best Picture Book at the 2008 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, where it won the won the Children's Choice Award. The King's Bubbles also won the 2008 PANZ Book Design Award in the children's category. Stomp! was shortlisted for the same award in 2012. Stomp! was also a finalist in the Best Picture Book category of the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Bad Dog Flash was selected for the Kids Indie Next List (Autumn, 2014) by the American Booksellers Association after is publication in the United States. Many of her books have been included in the Storylines Notable Books list.
MEDIA LINKS AND CLIPS
- Ruth Paul was featured in our May 2009 edition of The School Library
- Ruth Paul's website
- Ruth Paul's blog: Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
- The Ruth Paul Picture Books Facebook page
Updated January 2017.