Ruth Goring writes and illustrates books for kids focused on social justice, Christian faith formation, and just plain fun. She lives in Chicago but grew up in Colombia, so she's fluent in Spanish. Ruth loves making art with children and listening to their stories and questions.
Ruth Goring’s author-illustrator debut picture book, Picturing God, was published by Beaming Books (2019) and has been named a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection. Readers and reviewers always comment on its whimsical mosaic/collage art incorporating tiles, string, rocks, cardboard, fabric, handmade paper, beads, sequins, shells, and other objects. It has been used in video read-alouds in many church children's programs--and sometimes in adult worship.
Her first picture book, Adriana’s Angels / Los ángeles de Adriana, was released in English and Spanish editions in 2017 by Sparkhouse Family (Augsburg Fortress). A Chicago Tribune article about Adriana’s Angels came out that same year; a Chicago Public Radio (Worldview) interview about Adriana’s Angels and a Colombia trip can be heard here. The Spanish edition won a silver Moonbeam award.
Ruth was born in Kansas City but grew up in Colombia and loves speaking Spanish. She believes children have a lot to teach adults about honesty, courage, kindness, and openness to God.
Headshot by Michael Bracey.