Ruth Rocha (1931) is an important Brazilian writer of children's literature. She is the bestselling author of “Marcelo, Marmelo, Hammer”. She was elected to chair 38 of the Paulista Academy of Letters.
Ruth Rocha was born in São Paulo on March 2, 1931. She graduated in Political and Social Sciences from the School of Sociology and Politics of São Paulo. He started working at the Rio Branco College library. She was an educational advisor for the same college.
In 1967 he started writing about education for the magazine Claudia which is aimed at the female audience. He received the invitation to work for Recreio magazine, where he published a series of children's stories. In 1973, he began to coordinate the children's and youth publications department of Editora Abril.
In 1976 he published his first book, “Words, Many Words,” with images by Raul Fernandes, to show children that learning to read can be fun. His second book, “Marcelo, Quince, Hammer” (1976) was translated into several languages and became a bestseller.
Child rights advocate Ruth Rocha wrote in partnership with Otavio Roth, the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Children” (1988), launched at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Ruth Rocha has more than two hundred titles published and her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. The writer is also dedicated to translating several children's books. She is the co-author of textbooks, including “Personinhas”, in partnership with Anna Flora and the collection “O Homem e Comunicação”, in partnership with Otávio Roth.
Ruth Rocha was awarded in 1998 by the then president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, with the Commendation of the Order of the Cultural Ministry. He received awards from the Brazilian Academy of Letters, the Paulista Association of Art Critics, the National Children's Book Foundation, eight Jabutis from the Brazilian Chamber of Letters, among others. Ruth Rocha was chosen to be part of the Pen Clube - World Writers Association, located in Rio de Janeiro. She was elected to chair number 38 of the Paulista Academy of Letters.