TTLG Author/Illustrator Profiles

Roslyn Schwartz

Roslyn Schwartz

Although born in Montreal, Roslyn Schwartz moved with her family to England when she was two years old. She grew up in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Roslyn and her two brothers attended a Rudolph Steiner school in Sussex. She remembers it as a lovely area, close to Ashdown Forest, the home of Winnie the Pooh (though she didn't know it at the time). Growing up, Roslyn always read a lot; among her favorite books were Alice in Wonderland, Little Women, and the various adventures of Rupert Bear and Tintin.

Roslyn has written and illustrated a series of books for the very young following the adventures of the Mole Sisters. These stories found their inspiration from various elements throughout Roslyn’s life. The first time she ever saw a mole was on the way back from school. It was lying on its side, perfectly shaped and beautiful, but unfortunately quite dead. Riveted by the tiny creature, she carried it home in her sandwich bag. Over the years, Roslyn has always kept a pet rodent or two, in the form of guinea pigs and a rabbit.

The Mole Sisters series has become a favorite of children and parents. The Mole Sisters’ positive approach to life and unrelenting optimism appeals to all ages. The series now includes ten titles—including two new adventures, The Mole Sisters and the Fairy Ring and The Mole Sisters and the Way Home (September 2003)—as well as the Mole Sister finger puppets, which have brought their charm off the pages and to fingers everywhere. And watch for the new Mole Sisters television series on Treehouse TV!

Yo Baby! (2002) is yet another imaginative picture book written and illustrated by Roslyn. In addition to this book and the Mole Sisters, Roslyn has published three previous books and has released two animated films with the National Film Board of Canada, one of which, Arkelope, is for children.

Roslyn lives in Montreal.