Educator. Author. Speaker. Magical Moment Seeker.
Hello! Namaste! नमस्ते Habari! Hola! Assalamualaikum! السلام عليكم Peace Be With You!
I’m Naaz and I am a writer, teacher, and learner. Thank you for visiting my website!
If you click around you’ll find information about me, like where I went to school and what animal I feel connected to (Hint – there’s a clue on this page!). You can also watch/listen to a video of me reading from my picture book, Room for Everyone.
ROOM FOR EVERYONE has been selected as one of the 100 Best Picture Books of 2021 by Kirkus Reviews, 1 of 10 Best Picture Books of 2021 by Barnes & Noble, the Best Picture Book of the Year for ages 3-5 by Amazon, and 1 of 10 picture books included in the IndieNext Nov./Dec. edition. It has also received Starred reviews by BookPage, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Hornbook, Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Thank you everyone for all your support! It is truly an honor to be in the company of incredible authors and illustrators who I deeply respect and admire.
If you’d like to learn more about the story behind the story you can check out my interview with Ruth Forman at Politics & Prose, or read my blog interview with Betsy Bird from A Fuse #8 Production, or my blog interview with Lion and Dragonfly Books.
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Thank you Moria Sloan for being my daladala travel buddy. Thank you Ruth Forman for your guiding light and encouragement to keep submitting my stories. Thank you Dilara Auntie for helping me with my agent search. Thank you Lilly Ghahremani for being an agent super hero advocacy champion. Thank you Caitlyn Dlouhy for your sunlit spirit, thoughtful guidance, and exquisite curation of every detail in this book. Thank you Caity Bolton, Amira Salum, and Bi Maimouna for your insight, and invaluable feedback. Thank you to Merce Lopez for your gorgeous illustrations and bringing this story to life. Thank you Noorain Ahmed for my spirit animal illustrations – your art makes my heart sing. Thanks to Sarah Davidson and Nadia El Dasher for your beautiful photography. Thank you Nadeen Siddique for being my fairy websitemother. Thank you everyone in Zanzibar who welcomed me with kindness. Most of all, thank you to my family for encouraging me to explore the world, learn new things and write.