Available for IN-PERSON visits in: Toronto (+ regions 1.5 hours or so drive from Toronto)

Home Location: Toronto, Ontario

Craft: Author

Genre: Picture Books, Beginning Readers, Middle Grade Fiction, Teen Fiction, Non-Fiction, Graphic Novels

Target Audience: Junior Kindergarten – Grade 8

Cost for School and Public IN-PERSON Presentation with CCBC subsidy: $200.00, plus applicable taxes


Presentation/Workshop Information:

EVERY DAY HEROES: Junior Kindergarten – Grade 5

These days everyone wants to be a ‘superhero’ but did you know you don’t need superpowers to be an everyday hero? In this presentation Rukhsana dives deep into how her words and the artists’ illustrations help tell two powerful stories about kids being kind to the people around them. (This presentation features Rukhsana’s highly acclaimed book BIG RED LOLLIPOP. This book won both awards in America for best picture book story and was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the 100 greatest children’s books in the last 100 years!)


In this presentation students will realize that dreams can indeed come true—with a lot of good hard work and the help of a library card! Students will hear the story of how Rukhsana took advantage of every educational opportunity that came her way, and how she went from a poor ESL student to an award-winning Canadian author with many of her books published in countries around the world.

Book List

Upcoming Books:

Surviving Pleasant Valley –graphic novel–Holiday House–tentative release date: 2024

Rabia’s Eid – early reader–Random House–tentative release date: 2024

Honk Honk Beep Beep – picture book–Tundra–tentative release date: 2024

2022 The Clever Wife –picture book folktale–Wisdom Tales

2022 Elephant’s Makeover — picture book — Ruqaya’s Bookshelf

2022 Muslims In Canada –non-fiction booklet–Pearson Education

2015 Not Guilty –prose poem novella–Pearson Education

2014 King For A Day— picture book–Lee & Low

2010 Big Red Lollipop — picture book –Viking

2008 Wanting Mor — YA Novel–Groundwood

2008 Many Windows — mid-grade anthology–Napoleon/Dundurn

2008 A New Life–mid-grade novella — Groundwood

2005 Silly Chicken –picture book–Viking

2003 Ruler Of The Courtyard–picture book–Viking

2001 King Of The Skies — picture book–North Winds Press (Scholastic)

1999 Muslim Child –short story collection–Napoleon/Dundurn

1999 Dahling If You Luv Me Would You Please Please Smile–YA novel–Stoddart Kids

1998 The Roses In My Carpets–picture book–Stoddart Kids

1998 Bedtime B-a-a-l-k–picture book–Stoddart Kids


Rukhsana Khan is an award-winning author and storyteller. She has 15 books published that range from picture books to YA and has garnered dozens of awards and accolades. One of her books was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the 100 greatest children’s books in the last 100 years.