Ruth Sanderson

Ruth Sanderson

In my classes at Hollins I strive to help students find their own voice in writing for children, and their own style in children’s illustration, giving them the tools they need to advance as both writers and artists. In addition to working on their craft, students research and study successful picture books and what makes that writer’s or illustrator’s work uniquely theirs. I have observed that total immersion for six weeks into the world of children’s book writing and illustrating greatly accelerates creative growth and fosters a close-knit community of aspiring authors and illustrators.

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Courses Taught

  • Creating Picture Books
  • Picture Book Writing
  • Tutorial Children’s Book Media


  • Graduate, Paier School of Art

Publications & Articles

  • The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Little, Brown
  • Papa Gatto, Little, Brown
  • A Castle Full of Cats, Random House


  • Professional writer and illustrator with over 80 published books.
  • Numerous book awards including the Texas Bluebonnet Award and the Young Hoosier Award.
  • Illustrations included in numerous museum exhibitions, including a solo exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum.