Ruth lives in an off-grid, straw-bale house on a farm just outside Wellington, New Zealand. As well as writing and illustrating children’s picture books, Ruth has worked as a costume illustrator for Peter Jackson movies. She has two teenaged sons and is actively involved in her local community, having previously chaired her local Community Board and School Board of Trustees.
Over the years, Ruth achieved a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and History from Victoria University, a Diploma in Visual Communication Design from Wellington Polytech (now Massey University), and most of a law degree.
Ruth started writing and illustrating her own picture books in 2004 and has created over 17 titles. I Am Jellyfish recently won the 2018 award for Best Picture Book at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, The King’s Bubbles won the Children’s Choice picture book award in 2008, and three of her books have made the Storylines Notable Book List over the years. Stomp was a finalist in the NZ Post Book Awards 2012, and Bad Dog Flash was selected for the US Kid’s Indie Next List in 2014. Her books have sold in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, the UK, China and Korea, with translations in 5 languages. Ruth’s poetry is included in A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children, 2014. Her original picture book illustrations have contributed to touring exhibitions for Painted Stories (previously Te Tai Tamariki Trust) and two are held in the Mazza Collection at the University of Findlay, Ohio.
Ruth says every new book is a challenge and presents the opportunity to get better at the craft she wholeheartedly loves.
The Animal Undie Ball, Scholastic 2004
The King’s Bubbles, Scholastic 2007
Superpotamus, Scholastic 2008
Two Little Pirates, Scholastic 2010
Stomp!, Scholastic 2011
Hedgehog’s Magic Tricks, Walker Books 2012
Red Panda’s Toffee Apples, Walker Books 2013
Bad Dog Flash, Scholastic 2013
My Dinosaur Dad, Scholastic 2014
Rabbit’s Hide and Seek, Walker Books 2014
Go Home Flash, Scholastic 2014
Bye-Bye Grumpy Fly, Scholastic 2015
What’s The Time Dinosaur?, Scholastic 2015
My Meerkat Mum, Scholastic 2017
I Am Jellyfish, Penguin Random House 2018
Little Hector and the Big Blue Whale, Penguin Random House 2018
Mini Whinny, Happy Birthday to Me! by Stacy Gregg, illustrated by Ruth Paul, Scholastic NZ 2018