English children’s writer. Name variations: Ruth Gallard Ainsworth Gilbert. Born Oct 16, 1908, in Manchester, England; died in 1984; dau. of Percy Clough (Methodist minister) and Gertrude (Fisk) Ainsworth; attended Froebel Training Centre, Leicester, England; m. Frank Lathe Gilbert (managing director of chemical works), Mar 29, 1935; children: Oliver Lathe, Christopher Gallard, Richard Frank.
Best known for her ‘‘Listen With Mother Tales,’’ based on the BBC radio show of the same name, and for her 8 ‘‘Rufty Tufty the Golliwog’’ books; began full-time writing career (1947) when Heinemann published her collection of children’s verse, All Different; collaborated with Ronald Ridout on a number of educational books, and wrote several plays and stories for television.