"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 in Alexandria, Virginia. At the tender age of 10, she began her love of writing when she wrote her first chapter book as part of a 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 studying for her MFA in Childhood Studies, at Swansea University.
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, along with her cat, 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 is running her publishing company, Sandfish Publishing, to work with and support other authors and illustrators from underrepresented backgrounds to create diverse children's literature.
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