ZANIB MIAN is an accomplished children’s author whose books have featured on BBC’s Cbeebies Bedtime Stories
and The Guardian
for their contribution to diversity in children’s literature. Zanib studied Molecular Cell Biology at University College London and went on to teach Science in secondary schools before she made the decision to give up the career to create change within children’s publishing. She felt that diverse characters from all minorities and backgrounds weren’t being fully represented in books for young children. She launched Sweet Apple Publishers with a clear commitment to publishing inclusive books, many of which she has authored herself. She regularly features in the Bradford Literature Festival, was commissioned to write an opera for The Mahogany Opera Group, and is also on the panel of judges for the prestigious Young Muslim Writers Awards.
THE MUSLIMS was the surprise winner of the Little Rebels Children's Book Award for Radical Fiction 2018! A children's book published by a tiny independent publisher had beaten off competition from authors such as Malala Yousafzai and Gill Lewis.
The Muslims, written by Zanib Mian and in a comic-book style, explores the life of Omar who is proud to be Muslim and keen to apply Islamic teachings to his life. Along the way, however, he must navigate a new school and deal with its resident bully. Judge and author Patrice Lawrence said "This is a very funny and very effective challenge to the widespread misrepresentation of Muslims in the news. More children need to get to read this book"
Mian published the book through her own company, Sweet Apple Books, in response to reports of a rise in faith-based bullying. She was chosen ahead of the seven other shortlisted authors: Malala Yousafzai, Elizabeth Laird, Sita Brahmachari, Kim Slater, Gill Lewis, Elys Dolan and Jessica Spanyol. See The Bookseller article
See photos of Zanib Mian celebrating the Little Rebels Award at London Radical Bookfair!
See the wonderful tweets:
Watch a book trailer for THE MUSLIMS!