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About the Author
"My mission is to create literature that educates, enlightens, and empowers the young minds of today to become the ethical and compassionate leaders of tomorrow."
Anna Gilchrist is an American author who grew up outside Washington D.C., in Alexandria, Va. At the tender age of 10, she wrote her first chapter book as part of a school project, and which initiated her love for writing.
Decades later, she received her MFA in Childhood Studies, at Swansea University, where she learned about global advocacy for children's rights and the human rights treaty known as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
It was during her studies that she decided to raise awareness about children's rights, choosing to write and illustrate a children's book about a girl who, along with her cat, fights for the right for children to play. The book titled The Extraordinary Day of Daffodil Grey was published in 2017, received rave reviews, and helped launch the Daffi and Friends book series.
Anna currently lives in New Jersey, where she is also a singing member of the soul-stirring Resistance Revival Chorus and is available for school visits, book tours, and events.
Our nine-year-old loves reading Daffodil's adventures aloud to her younger brothers; they all connect deeply to the story and its theme of standing up for what's right. Anna Gilchrist's rhythmic, spirited writing and charming illustrations create a vivid world for this uplifting story. An instant favorite in our bedtime story rotation!
If you want to introduce UNCRC Article 31 in a very charming way, this children’s book is the way to go. It has beautiful illustration with a great story and lessons to match. Can’t wait for the next one. Well done Anna Gilchrist!
What an amazing book with a great message, especially in today's society. Highly recommended for any household with children.
Kate Quarfordt, Co-founder of City School of the Arts