Rukhsana Khan

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Rukhsana Khan
Born 1962
Lahore, Pakistan
Occupation Writer, storyteller
Nationality Canadian
Period 1990s–present
Genre Children's literature, picture books

Rukhsana Khan (Urdu: رخسانہ خان‎; born 1962) is a Pakistani Canadian children's writer and storyteller, whose stories have enabled children of all cultures to connect with cultures of Eastern origins.[1]


Khan was born in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1962. She immigrated to Canada with her family when she was three years old and grew up in Dundas, Ontario. She graduated from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology and became a biological-chemical technician.[2] She has four children including three daughters and a son, and lives with her husband in Toronto, Ontario.[3][4]

Khan's writing career began by writing songs for Adam's World children's videos.[5] Her stories have appeared in Message International and Kahani magazines.[2] Her award-winning books for children include picture books, short story collections and novels. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, The Writer's Union of Canada, CANSCAIP and Storytelling Toronto.[5] Khan is also a member of the International Storytelling Network.[6]

Khan is a "well-known Canadian children’s author who focuses on telling tales of diversity."[7] Her books have been translated into several languages, including Italian and Japanese.[8] She presented a speech titled "Freedom of Speech Versus Cultural Sensitivity: Balancing the Right to Create Freely vs. the Need of People to be Respected", at the 2008 IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) World Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark.[9]



Picture books[edit]

  • Big Red Lollipop (2010)
  • Silly Chicken (2005)
  • Ruler of the Courtyard (2003)
  • King of the Skies (2001)
  • The Roses in My Carpets (1998)
  • Bedtime Ba-a-a-lk (1998)


  • Wanting Mor (2009)
  • Dahling, If You Luv Me Would You Please, Please Smile (1999)

Short stories[edit]

  • A New Life (2009)
  • Many Windows co-authored with Elisa Carbone and Uma Krishnaswami (2008)
  • Muslim Child (1999)


  1. ^ "Rukhsana Khan". CANSCAIP Members. Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers ( Archived 2010-07-22. Retrieved 2015-07-31.
  2. ^ a b "Rukhsana Khan (1962–) Biography - Personal, Addresses, Career, Member, Honors Awards, Writings, Work in Progress, Sidelights - Review, Muslim, Book, and Child - JRank Articles". Retrieved 2015-04-01. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "CM Magazine Profile: Rukhsana Khan". Retrieved 2015-04-01. 
  5. ^ a b [2] Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Beatriz Montero. "Red Internacional de Cuentacuentos". Retrieved 2015-04-01. 
  7. ^ "Tales of diversity". Retrieved 2015-04-01. 
  8. ^ "Khan, Rukhsana 1962-".\accessdate=2015-04-01. 
  9. ^ "Rukhsana Khan, Canada". Retrieved 2015-04-01. 
  10. ^ Archived from the original on 7 March 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Archived from the original on 26 February 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ [3]


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