Rina Singh was born in India and grew up in a small town where there were no public libraries. She went to a convent school, run by Catholic nuns. However, the school library was well stocked and she grew up loving books. She studied English literature and immigrated to Canada in 1980. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Concordia University and a teaching degree from McGill University, Montreal.
Rina is an internationally published children's author and has written many critically acclaimed books for children including A Forest of Stories, which has been translated in several languages, including Spanish and Korean. She has written an award winning biography on the Inuit artist –Pitseolak Ashoona. Her most recent publications are A Meeting in the Sky, Holi Colors, Diwali: Festival of Lights (nominated for the 2017-2018 Red Cedar Award), Nearly Nonsense and Guru Nanak: The First Sikh Guru and Hindi for Heart, which she did in collaboration with the Oscar winning Indian lyricist, Gulzar.
She is really excited about her upcoming books: 1 GIRL = 111 TREES, GRANDMOTHER SCHOOL, and HEARTBEATS FOR BABY.
She has taught art, drama, and writing in Toronto for the last 25 years. She is passionate about integrating the arts in education. Her Grade 8 students have acted in and made award winning short films, won Spoken Word competitions and have exhibited their art work.
Rina has done readings and workshops in literary festivals across Canada. She presented at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (2014) in Singapore and Reading for the Love of it in Toronto (2015). She is scheduled to go on the CCBC (Canadian Children’s Book Centre) Book Tour in May 2018.
Rina lives in a blue house in Toronto. Surrounded by tall trees, birds, squirrels, a rabbit, and a fishpond in her garden, she hopes to write many more books for children.