Art, Learning, and Story-Poems, Oh My!


Well, hello there! My name is Ruth, and I am the author of Reading is Fun! Imagine That!

Boy oh boy, do I have a lot in store for you – children and parents, alike. I am 91 years old, and while my life has been full of adventure, (like traveling around the world), I was young once, too.

I was born with a wildly creative imagination that continues to thrive. That’s where my stories and poems are born – inside a mind that is rich with memories and a lifetime of grand experiences.

When I was a little girl, probably 4th or 5th grade, I remember studying Michelangelo and learning that when he was a child, he carved a lion out of churned butter. It got me thinking, “What can I carve?”

I chose to carve soap and created endless sculptures. And I always dabbled with art and writing stories. I once wrote a story about two books that were crowded on a bookshelf. One was read more than the other, and the one left behind was happy and relieved with the extra space it had on the shelf. Silly, but cute!

Once, when I was 8 years old, I decided I would write 8 short stories before going out to play. And I cranked out those stories, lickity-split!

As you can see, writing is something I’ve done my entire life, and I don’t think there’s anything more beautiful than inspiring someone else with art or stories. This is where the idea for Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! came from. Following all 12 poems in my book are activities for children to participate in. Being creative is infectious, and that was part of my goal with this book.

I also wanted to create a book that would tell stories, share ideas, and teach invaluable lessons, all while keeping learning and reading FUN.

My vision for this blog is the same. I want it to be an exciting place for you – both adults and little ones – to become engaged with my writing, my art, these stories, and learning-related activities.

Stay tuned every other week for a fun and fascinating post intended to teach, entertain, and inspire.




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She would like to see them in all of California’s elementary schools.

-Rosaline Turnbull Past President of the California Parent Teacher’s Association

Yours is a comforting voice during a challenging time. Your stories are charming. Each one is uniquely warm and inspiring, and the messages are uplifting for children and parents alike. The books deserve to be in homes across the country — and the world. They remind me of one of my all-time heroes:  Mr. Rogers!  They are kind, nurturing, and so encouraging.

-Tom Soma Former Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities

I think these books are perfect for children. They are colorful, bright, and the illustrations are awesome. I regret there were no such books in my childhood.

-Ludmila Levine Chairman of the American English Department

They are fun to read. Both the writings and drawings are original. They are amazing.  There are so many things that could be learned. One student commented she was also learning about American culture.

-YiLing Chen Taught Women English

practical, playful, serious, affectionate, enigmatic, and varied.

-Claudine DeFaye Former Professor

These books are absolutely incredible. An excellent job of inspiring children’s creativity activities.

-Mosun Johnston Smith Former Teacher

The detail and care you’ve put in these stories is remarkable. I celebrated the wonderful wisdom those students reflected to me while reading your books.

-Andie Cunningham Instructor