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 Lights, Diwali, (The Festival of Lights), Nearly Nonsense, Guru Nanak: The First Sikh Guru, and Hindi for Heart, which she did in collaboration with the Oscar winning Indian lyricist, Gulzar.
She has taught art, drama and writing in Toronto (TDSB & YRDSB)for the last 25 years. and is still passionate about integrating the arts in education.
Rina has done readings and workshops in schools, libraries, and literary festivals across Canada. She has also presented at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (2014) in Singapore and Reading for the love of it in Toronto (2015).
Rina is a Spoken Word coach for tdsbCREATES.
Her daughter is a photographer and her son works in finance and lives in San Francisco. Rina lives with her husband 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.
She is a member of SCBWI & 12 by12
She is represented by Essie White @ Storm Literary Agency