Ruth Sanderson

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Ruth Sanderson (born 1951) is an American illustrator and writer of children's books.


Sanderson graduated from the Paier College of Art in Connecticut in 1974.[1]

Sanderson is a member of the Society of Illustrators, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Western Massachusetts Illustrator's Guild.[1]


The Library of Congress catalog includes more than 90 records of books by Sanderson (with multiple editions of some titles). The earliest were published in her mid-twenties: Grandma's Beach Surprise by Ilka List (G. P. Putnam's Sons) in 1975 and four including an edition of The Little Engine That Could in 1976.[2] The latter was discussed at the time in terms of how the art reflected "the stereotypes of masculine strength and feminine weakness in vogue when it was written".[3] She illustrated new editions of several young-adult novels in the Nancy Drew and Bobbsey Twins mystery series.[2]

LC catalog credits Sanderson as a writer primarily for retelling fairy tales, along with some stories from the Bible or about Christmas or about saints. In the catalog her earliest works as a writer are two published in 1990, a retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" and an original fairy tale, The Enchanted Wood (Little, Brown, LCCN 90-45096).[2]

Sanderson's illustrations have been described as evocative of the past but employing a "21st century approach to texture and brightness."[4]


  1. ^ a b Stevens (2001), 107.
  2. ^ a b c Browse the LC Online Catalog from her Name Authority File and sort by publication date. "Sanderson, Ruth". Library of Congress Authorities ( Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  3. ^ Bernice E. Cullinan, Diane Goetz Person. The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. Continuum International Publishing Group. Reprint 2003. ISBN 9780826415165. Page 634.
  4. ^ Shoulders (2008), 2D.


  • Shoulders, Debbie. "'Magic Pillow' values wisdom over riches." The Leaf-Chronicle (TN). 23 September 2008. P. 2D.
  • Stevens, Norman D. Tikvah: children's book creators reflect on human rights. Chronicle Books, 2001. ISBN 1-58717-097-3.

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