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Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is the author of the critically acclaimed debut picture book, Mommy’s Khimar (Simon & Schuster/ Salaam Reads,  April2018). She worked as an English teacher  in high schools and middle schools for over a decade.  She now works in the nonprofit world, helping kids learn how to write outside of the classroom. In her writing, she strives to portray children who are Black American and Muslim, two identities that she is proud to represent. She has also served as an anti-racism educator through her work as a fellow with the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative. She received her bachelors degree in  English Education from Temple University and a masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She resides with her family in Philadelphia, PA.