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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 born and raised outside the nation's capital, in Alexandria, Virginia. She is available for storytime events and to speak about her advocacy work at schools, libraries, bookstores, book festivals, and other literary events.


Her joy of writing began at the tender age of 10 when she wrote her first chapter book as part of an elementary school project. Decades later, 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) while completing her graduate studies at Swansea University in Wales.

From there, she decided to raise awareness about children's rights by writing and illustrating her first children's book, The Extraordinary Day of Daffodil Grey, about a Black American girl named Daffodil who helps a friend confront a bully on the playground. The book, published in 2017, received rave reviews and helped launch the Daffi and Friends book series.

Anna currently lives in New Jersey, where she runs her independent publishing company, Sandfish Publishing, does voice acting and enjoys singing as a member of the soul-stirring Resistance Revival Chorus.


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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!

Amazon Review

What an amazing book with a great message, especially in today's society. Highly recommended for any household with children.

Amazon Review

Kate Quarfordt, Co-founder of City School of the Arts

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