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Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, M.S.Ed, is an educator and children’s book author. Her works, which feature young Black Muslim protagonists, have been recognized and critically-praised by many trusted voices in literature, including American Library Association, School Library Journal, and NPR. She writes picture books and middle grade fiction. Her books include Mommy’s Khimar (Simon & Schuster, 2018), Once Upon an Eid (Abrams Books, 2020, contributor), Your Name is a Song (The Innovation Press, 2020) and Abdul’s Story (Simon & Schuster, 2021). She’s taught youth in traditional and alternative learning settings for 15 years and currently directs and develops writing programs for Philadelphia and New Jersey youth at Mighty Writers