Rachna Gilmore

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Rachna Gilmore
Born 1953
Occupation Children's novelist
Nationality Canadian

Rachna Gilmore (born 1953) is an award-winning children's writer. Her picture book A Screaming Kind of Day won the 1999 Governor General's Award for Children's Literature.[1]


Born in India, Gilmore emigrated from New Delhi to London as a teenager and studied biology at University of London. After emigrating to Canada in the mid 1970s, she studied education of the University of Prince Edward Island. In 1990 Gilmore and her family moved to Ottawa.[2] He wrote literature for children and young adults, mainly, but also fiction for adults.


Picture Books:

  • My Mother is Weird (1988)
  • When I Was A Little Girl (1989)
  • Jane's Loud Mouth (1990)
  • Aunt Fred is a Witch (1991)
  • Lights for Gita (1994)
  • Roses for Gita (1996)
  • Wild Rilla (1997)
  • A Gift for Gita (1998)
  • A Screaming Kind of Day (1999)
  • Grandpa’s Clock (2006)
  • Making Grizzle Grow (2007)
  • Catching Time (2010)
  • The Flute (2011)

Children’s Novels:

  • A Friend Like Zilla (1995)
  • Mina’s Spring of Colors (2000)
  • A Group of One (2001)
  • The Sower of Tales (2005)
  • The Trouble With Dilly (2009)
  • That Boy Red (2011)

Early Readers:

  • Ellen’s Terible TV Trouble (1999)
  • Fangs and Me (1999)


  • Snapshots From The Fringes (2010)

Adult Fiction:

  • Of Customs and Excise (1991 under pseudonym Rachna Mara)


  1. ^ "Cumulative List Of Winners Of The Governor General's Literary Awards" (PDF). Canada Council for the Arts. p. 23. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Rachna Gilmore". Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 

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