Rukhsana Khan


Rukhsana Khan is an award-winning author and storyteller. She was born in Lahore, Pakistan and immigrated to Canada at the age of three.

She grew up in a small town in southern Ontario and was ruthlessly bullied. Drugs were against her religion (so was suicide) so she turned to books and became hopelessly addicted to the written word!

When a grade eight teacher told her she was a writer, she thought the idea was crazy. Writers were white people. They were from England and America.

To be ‘sensible’ she graduated from college at the top of her class as a biological-chemical technician.

When she couldn’t get a decent job she decided to be ‘unsensible’ and become a writer.

It took eight years to get her first book published.

Now she has twelve books published (one of which was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the 100 greatest children’s books in the last 100 years).

Some of her books have been published in other countries and in different languages.

She has appeared on television and radio lots of times, and has been featured at conferences and festivals around the world.

She’s been a corporal in the air cadets, worked on vintage warplanes, composed songs and written stories for children’s videos, raised four children (three girls and a boy) and has ten grandchildren.

She loves reading, writing, storytelling, traveling, gardening and hiking. She used to like tobogganing, but she broke her wrist while zooming down a slope on one of those little red saucer things. As a result, she no longer likes tobogganing.

She lives in Toronto with her husband and family.