Ruth Spiro

Ruth Spiro is the author of over 30 children’s books. Her STEM-themed picture book series, Made by Maxine, is about an inspiring young maker who knows that with enough effort, imagination and recyclables, it’s possible to invent anything. The follow-up, Maxine and the Greatest Garden Ever, was named a “Best STEM Book” by the National Science Teaching Association. The Maxine books are illustrated by Holly Hatam and published by Dial. Ruth is also the author of the bestselling Baby Loves Science board book series, illustrated by Irene Chan and published by Charlesbridge. There are 25 current and forthcoming titles including Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering, Baby Loves Coding and Baby Loves the Five Senses. These innovative board books introduce complex subjects to little listeners in an age-appropriate and engaging way.

The enthusiastic response to the Baby Loves books inspired a new picture book series perfect for early elementary readers. The series begins with How to Explain Coding to a Grown-Up, with additional titles forthcoming. How to Explain… is illustrated by Teresa Martinez and published by Charlesbridge. A frequent speaker at schools and conferences, Ruth’s previous presentations include the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row LitFest, Children’s Festival of Stories, Nerd Camp, NAEYC and the World Science Festival. Ruth hopes her books inspire kids to observe the world, ask questions, and when it comes to their futures, DREAM BIG! Visit