Roger Roth


Roger Roth has been an illustrator since graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Pratt Institute in 1980. Roger’s work appears regularly in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and other publications. His work is also used by advertising companies for national and international campaigns. Roger has illustrated more than fifteen children’s books (two of which he also wrote). In addition, Roger serves as senior lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and is a frequent presenter at area schools.

Picture Books

The Roller Coaster Kid Zach bravely suggests a ride on the Whipper to comfort his grandfather.
(Viking, 2012)by Mary Ann Rodman

“Rodman gives the story just the right measure of emotion (“Grandpa smiles. Not like he used to, but a smile all the same”), while underlining the importance of mourning and communication. Well-tuned to the narrative, Roth’s (Star of the Week) detailed and delicately drafted watercolors capture the nostalgic aura of the seaside amusement park, Zach’s ricocheting emotions, and his deep bond with both grandparents.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

Voyage to the Pharos A boy from Rhodes acts on his dream to see the lighthouse in Alexandria.
(Penguin Group USA, 2009)by Sarah Gauch

Junior Library Guild selection

Star of the Week A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles
(HarperCollins US, Spring 2009)by Darlene Friedman and Roger Roth

Best of the Best Books, 2009, Chicago Public Library

The American Story 100 True Tales from American History
by Jennifer Armstrong
(Knopf, 2006)2006 Parents’ Choice Gold Award

“This lively and engaging collection of stories recounting American history is a wonderful gift not only to the children of this country but also their parents. I can’t wait to share it with my grandchildren.”
– Tom Brokaw

Stink Soup by Jill Esbaum
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004)
The Salem Witch Trials by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple
(Simon & Schuster, 2004)
The Merman by Dick King-Smith
(Yearling, 2001)
Fishing For Methuselah text and illustrations
(HarperCollins, 1998)Golden Archer Award 2001, children of Wisconsin
Platinum Best Book Award 1999, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
Notable book 1999, Carolyn W. Field
Mr. Ape by Dick King-Smith
(Knopf Books for Young Readers/Scholastic, 1998)
Billy the Ghost and Me by Gary Greer and Robert Ruddick
(HarperCollins, 1997)”Pick of the lists” children’s book, 1997,
American Booksellers
Alison’s Wings by Marion Dane Bauer
(Hyperion Chapters, August 1997)
The Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith
(Yearling, 1996)
The Cat Hall of Fame by Terri Epstein and Judith Epstein Gage
(Carol Publishing, 1996)
Harriet’s Hare by Dick King-Smith
(Yearling)One of the best children’s books of 1995, Parenting magazine
The Sign Painter’s Dream text and illustrations
(Crown Books for Young Readers)Featured on PBS’ “Reading Rainbow” television program, 1995
Recommended reading selection, 1992, New York Times, School Library Journal, American Booksellers, and Publishers Weekly
The Giraffe That Walked to Paris by Nancy Milton
(Knopf Books for Young Readers)Recommended reading selection, 1991,
the New Yorker and the New York Times

Series Non-Fiction

The Roanoke Colony An Unsolved Mystery From History
by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple
(Simon & Schuster, 2003)
The Wolf Girls An Unsolved Mystery From History
by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple
(Simon & Schuster, 2001)
The Mary Celeste An Unsolved Mystery From History
by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple
(Simon & Schuster, 2002)Junior Library Guild selection, 1999-2000

Honours

Works selected for the Society of Illustrators’ “Humor ’88” exhibition

Illustrations selected for publication in the 1986/87 International Graphis Annual of Advertising and Editorial Graphics

Illustrations for the New York Times selected for publication in the Best of Newspaper Design Annual, 1984/85

Agent: Fiona Kenshole