Get Excited About These Five Newly Announced Kids Books by Muslim Authors

Learn more about the upcoming kids books from Muslim American authors that have been announced in Publishers Weekly.

Get Excited About These Five Newly Announced Kids Books by Muslim Authors
Through 2024 and 2025, these give Muslim authors will have their children's' books published.

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 Rainbow Fair" by Diana Ma (middle grade)

"Alessandra Preziosi at Clarion has acquired world rights to Diana Ma's middle grade contemporary novel 'The Rainbow Fair.' When Sophie Hu is put in charge of the Muslim booth at her middle school's Rainbow Fair, she has to navigate the complexities of friendship and intersectional cultural identities as a Chinese Muslim girl. Publication is scheduled for winter 2025; Christa Heschke and Daniele Hunter at McIntosh and Otis brokered the deal.

2. "Zeyna Lost and Found" by Shafaq Khan (middle grade)

"Amy Fitzgerald at Lerner/Carolrhoda has bought world rights to 'Zeyna Lost and Found,' a middle grade adventure/mystery by debut author Shafaq Khan. In the early 1970s, Zeyna's search for an elusive treasure — and for her recently vanished parents — takes her from her London home to her parents' native Pakistan and across the Middle East's famous Hippie Trail. Publication is scheduled for fall 2025; John Rudolph at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret brokered the deal."

3. "Zuni and the Memory Jar" by Aisha Saeed, illustrated by Neha Rawat (picture book)

"Zareen Jaffery at Kokila has bought world rights to 'Zuni and the Memory Jar' by Aisha Saeed (l.), illustrated by Neha Rawat, that introduces sweet, silly, ever-so-charming Zuni, whose family keeps a memory jar for their greatest achievements, which Zuni has her own ideas about. Publication is set for summer 2024; Faye Bender at the Book Group represented the author, and Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Literary represented the illustrator, who is now represented by Lori Steel at Red Fox Literary."

4. Untitled coming-of-age dramedy by Sana Saeidi (young adult)

"Joy Peskin at Farrar, Straus and Giroux has bought, in an exclusive submission, an untitled debut YA novel by Sahar Jahani, a first-generation Iranian American Muslim writer. This coming-of-age dramedy follows Sana Saeidi as her world turns upside down when she decides to lean into her Muslim identity and wear a hijab on the first day of her sophomore year of high school for not entirely the right reasons, a choice that leads her on a journey of self-discovery and uncovering decades of family secrets. Publication is set for spring 2025; Danny Alexander at APA Agency sold world English rights."

5. "A Sky for the Birds" by Rina Singh, illustrated by Barkha Lohia (picture book)

"Sarah Howden at Orca has bought world rights to 'A Sky for the Birds' by Rina Singh (l.), illustrated by Barkha Lohia. This picture book tells the uplifting story of two Muslim brothers in Delhi, who against all odds have devoted their lives to rescuing and rehabilitating black kites — the majestic birds of prey injured in the polluted skies of the capital city. Publication is slated for fall 2025; Essie White at Storm Literary Agency represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself."

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