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Ruth portraitIt was at the kitchen table of her childhood home on the south side of Chicago that Ruth’s love of story was kindled.


Her father told stories--sometimes the same ones over and over. He also had the ability to make each day’s activities sound like an ongoing novella.Ruth filled her home with her own tales while raising three children. At the age of forty, she decided to get her college degree in education and later began writing stories for children.


Ruth VanderZee has spent a lifetime connecting to people through music, storytelling, facilitating groups, speaking at conferences, and hosting people in her home.

She taught Middle School for many years and is currently substitute teaching in the Miami Dade public school system. Ruth and her husband Vern have lived in four major cities in the U.S. and have traveled many places in the world.

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