TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour

The TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour is your opportunity to learn from and build personal connections with extraordinary book creators and their brand-new titles. Included in all Virtual Book Tour posts are original interviews with authors and illustrators, lesson plans, an activity designed for young people, and much more!

Welcome Rina Singh

Rina Singh on 111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl

In this post, we feature Canadian author Rina Singh, whose titles include Diwali: Festival of Lights. You can hear her speak about the inspiration for her new title 111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl, and try her fun “invitation to imagine” activity. You’ll also find other resources to explore. Thanks for joining us, and let us know what you think in the comments below!


Author Rina Singh and the cover of book 111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl, illustrated by Marianne Ferrer.

111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl

  • Written by Rina Singh and illustrated by Marianne Ferrer
  • Published by Kids Can Press
  • Release date: October 6, 2020

In a small village in India, Sundar Paliwal grows up to make a huge difference by planting trees to celebrate the birth of every girl. Today, there are over a quarter of a million trees in the village of Piplanti, providing food, water, and opportunities for women to earn a living. His efforts have turned a once barren and deforested landscape into a fertile and prosperous one where girls can thrive. Based on a true story and written in collaboration with Mr. Paliwal, Rina Singh’s uplifting book celebrates environmental sustainability, ecofeminism, and a town’s transformation, through cooperation and inspiration, into a strong, healthy, and more equitable community.

An interior spread from 111 Trees, written by Rina Singh, illustrated by Marianne Ferrer, depicting an image of a boy and his mother carrying water in a rural Indian landscape.
Two illustrations from 111 Trees, written by Rina Singh, illustrated by Marianne Ferrer. On the left-hand page, women in saris walk through a village; on the right-hand page, a boy hugs a tree in memory of his late mother.

Explore 111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl

Listen to Rina Singh talking with TeachingBooks about creating 111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl. You can click the player below or experience the recording on TeachingBooks, where you can read along as you listen, and also translate the text to another language.


Invitation to Imagine

TeachingBooks asks each author or illustrator on our Virtual Book Tour to share a writing prompt, a drawing exercise, or just an interesting question to spark curiosity and creativity. Enjoy the following activity contributed by Rina Singh.

Imagination Activity with Rina Singh

Stream-of-consciousness writing is a powerful exercise and may cure your writer’s block. This is how it works: Choose a word, a phrase, or a headline from the prompts below or make up your own. Set a timer for ten minutes or fill up two pages. Start writing your thoughts in real time. Don’t edit. Don’t worry about spelling. I say don’t even lift your pen or pencil off the page. What you will probably have is the most random, crazy, grammatically incorrect thing you have ever written. Read what you have written and highlight the gems that came out of your subconscious. Create a poem from those phrases and surprise yourself.

Word Prompts:

  • Clouds
  • Red
  • Chair
  • Trees
  • Shadows

Headline Prompts:

  • The Game Must Change.
  • Join the Circus.
  • Enough.
  • No More Excuses.

Finish This Sentence . . . with Rina Singh

As part of our Virtual Book Tour, TeachingBooks asks authors and illustrators to complete short sentence prompts. Enjoy Rina Singh’s response.

“Where I work is…”

Where I work is a small office in Toronto, Canada. One wall is painted midnight blue to keep me grounded. I have a little blue couch where I sometimes sit and read or take a power nap. It has a large window overlooking the front garden, and I love watching the seasons through that.

Author Rina Singh's study.

I hope my book encourages kids to think about…”

I hope that my book may encourage kids to further learn and explore the subject of eco-feminism. I’d like them to actively care about the environment and find ways to raise awareness that boys and girls should be treated equally in all parts of the world. I’d like them to get involved.


Thank you!

To wrap up this Virtual Book Tour, we thank Rina Singh for signing a book for all of us!

The title page from 111 Trees, written by Rina Singh, illustrated by Marianne Ferrer, signed by Rina Singh with the message, "Be an eco-feminist!"

More Connections to Rina Singh and 111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl


Explore all of the titles featured in the TeachingBooks Virtual Book Tour: one link with author interviews, lesson plans, activities, and more!

All text and images are courtesy of Rina Singh, Marianne Ferrer, and Kids Can Press and may not be used without expressed written consent.

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One Response to Rina Singh on 111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl

  1. Davinder Sodhi September 9, 2020 at 5:51 am #

    It was a great experience going through the virtual tour of your book. Excellent.👌👌👌

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