Ross Kinnaird

Ross Kinnaird was born “at a very young age” in Hamilton, New Zealand, and he now lives “at a very old age” in Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand.

As a child, he went to many schools since his parents moved around a lot. He describes himself as a geek who rarely paid attention in class.

From the time he was very young, he always enjoyed drawing. After high school, he went to art college to learn about illustration and design. He credits some of the really talented people there with serving as his inspiration. Envious of their abilities, Ross tried his best to get as good or better than they were.

Ross has illustrated about a dozen books for children. When asked how he comes up with his ideas, he replies that he sits in a bath of warm lemonade with a frozen chicken on his head!

The thing he enjoys most about being an illustrator is visiting schools to talk about books, and drawing funny pictures of teachers. He has been to about 150 schools and has spoken to thousands of kids.

When he’s not working, Ross loves to play music and sit in a little boat for hours feeding fish small bits of bait until they are full and go home. He also loves to travel and has been all over the world, including China, Australia, India, Britain, France, Spain, and Morocco.

Ross’s wicked sense of humor is fully evident in the four books he has illustrated in the 50 Questions Series, the latest being 50 Climate Questions: A Blizzard of Blistering Facts (2012). His latest book with Annick Press, It’s a Feudal, Feudal World: A Different Medieval History (Fall 2013) showcases Ross’s quirky humor and attention to detail.