Five Recently Announced Children's Books by Muslim Authors
Get excited for these upcoming kids books from Muslim American authors, announced in Publishers' Weekly.
Muslim authors are seeing a lot of success in the publishing world right now. Get excited for these upcoming kids books from Muslim American authors, announced in Publishers' Weekly. Make sure to check back on Fann for updates on release dates and more!
1. "The Beasts Beneath the Winds" by Hanna Alkaf (middle grade)
"Emily Daluga at Abrams has bought Hanna Alkaf's 'The Beasts Beneath the Winds,' a middle grade anthology and compendium of mythical creatures from Southeast Asian lore. Contributors include Brandon Hoang, Dow Phumiruk, Erin Entrada Kelly, Gail D. Villanueva, Greg Van Eekhout, Hanna Alkaf, Jesse Q. Sutanto, June CL Tan, Mae Respicio, Moniza Hossain, Nadia Mikail, Shing Yin Khor, Van Hoang, Veeda Bybee, and V.T. Bidania, illustrated by Jes and Cin Wibowo. And a contest will allow winners to join the group of contributors. Publication is set for spring 2025; Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency represented Alkaf, and Britt Siess at Britt Siess Creative Management represented the illustrators."
2. "Henna for the Jinn" by Safiya Zerrougui (young adult)
"Samia Fakih at First Second has acquired 'Henna for the Jinn,' Safiya Zerrougui's historical fiction YA graphic novel about an Algerian girl who takes a job as a henna painter in a mysterious noble Turkish household while she investigates the disappearance of her brother. Publication is planned for 2026; Paloma Hernando at Einstein Literary Management brokered the deal for world rights."
3. "Almost Sunset" by Wahab Algarmi (middle grade)
"Ben Rosenthal at HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books has bought 'Almost Sunset,' a debut middle grade graphic novel by Wahab Algarmi. Exploring Ramadan through the eyes of Hassan, a Muslim American boy, the novel unfolds during a hectic month of middle school deadlines and an upcoming soccer championship, while Hassan learns more of his own family's history and their faith as he fasts every day for the holy month. Daniel Lazar at Writers House sold North American rights."
4. "Ritu in the Sun" by Moniza Hossain, illustrated by Mercè López (picture book)
"Maria Correa at Random House has acquired world rights to 'Ritu in the Sun' by Moniza Hossain (l.), illustrated by Mercè López, a debut picture book about a girl who loves the sun but is asked to stay in the shade by her grandmother due to ingrained colorism. Publication is scheduled for spring 2026, Uwe Stender at Triada US represented the author, and Mela Bolinao at MB Artists represented the illustrator."
5. "I'll See You in Ijebu" by Bunmi Emenanjo, illustrated by Diana Ejaita (picture book)
"Kate DePalma at Barefoot Books has bought world rights to 'I'll See You in Ijebu' by Bunmi Emenanjo (l.), illustrated by Diana Ejaita ('Olu and Greta'). In this picture book, a Catholic city girl from Lagos travels into the Nigerian countryside to spend Eid al-Adha with her Muslim extended family. Publication is planned for spring 2024; Ellen Goff at HG Literary represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself."