Illustrations for Children's Books, Editorials, Advertising

WelcomeHello and welcome to my website!

I illustrate and write children’s books. Maybe you have some of my books, or have seen them in the library. Or maybe I’ve visited your school. I also do illustration for newspapers, magazines and advertising agencies.

You will see my friend Clarence and his cat Amanda on this site. Clarence was the main character from my first book, The Sign Painter’s Dream. You might have met him before on “Reading Rainbow.” (Click on Amanda, Clarence and the truck for special surprises! Be sure to have your sound turned on.)

Be sure to visit the books and portfolio sections to see samples of my work. If you are interested in having me for a school visit or book signing, or to commission an original piece, please use the form on the contact page. You can also email me just to say hello!

Thanks for visiting. I hope you like what you see!

Roger Roth


I’ve Won a Major Award!

And I’m not talking about a fabulous leg lamp either! I’m thrilled to announce The Roller Coaster Kid was chosen as an honor book for the 2013 Carolyn W. Field Award. Presented by the Pennsylvania Library Association, this award was established to recognize the best book for young people by a Pennsylvania author or illustrator in a given year. I will be attending the Carolyn W. Field Award Luncheon at the Pennsylvania Library Association Conference in October. Woot!

Star of the Week on Kindle!

Star of the WeekJust learned that Star of the Week is available on Kindle. Woo-hoo! We continue to hear from families around the world who use our book to help their children work through their feelings about their adoption and raise awareness in the classroom.

The Giraffe That Walked to Paris

The Giraffe That Walked to ParisI’m excited to report that The Giraffe That Walked to Paris will be re-issued later this year by Purple House Press. Stay tuned for more details!

Society of Illustrators Exhibition

Society of IllustratorsMy illustrations for The Roller Coaster Kid were accepted into this year’s Society of Illustrators “Original Art 2012” exhibition. This is an extreme honor and represents the third time my children’s book art has received this distinction. The awards dinner/opening was in October. I took my agent, Andrea. A good time was had by all.

Blog Feature on The Roller Coaster Kid

Check out this awesome blog by Kathy Temean, which features my book, The Roller Coaster Kid. Thanks again to Kathy for this great exposure.

Star of the Week

I continue to hear from people around the country about Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption and Brownies with Sprinkles. The book was written by my wife, Darlene Friedman (visit her web page!). It’s a very personal story about our family, and touches on the themes of adoption and diversity. Star of the Week was named a 2009 “Best of the Best” by the Chicago Public Library System! Read more about Star of the Week.

Be sure to check out Darlene’s for her thoughts on raising a teen daughter.