About Us

We met in Sergio Ruzzier’s continuing ed class at the School of Visual Arts in 2006. We’ve been friends and critique partners ever since. We started Pen & Oink in 2012 to share our love of everything children’s books.


Ruthie Lafond

Ruthie studied creative writing and painting in college. After stints abroad (Italy) and in several East Coast cities, she now lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and two kittens. For more on Ruthie, see ruthielafond.com.

Robin Rosenthal

Robin is an illustrator and creative director who specializes in creating products for children and their parents. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their daughter. For more on Robin, see robinrosenthal.com.

Alumnus: Liz Starin

Liz is an illustrator and writer, and is a former children’s book reviewer for Junior Library Guild. After many years in Manhattan and one in Germany, she set up shop in Brooklyn. She wrote and illustrated Splashdance and illustrated Roar! by Tammi Sauer. For more on Liz, see lizstarin.com.