Press Kit

Official Bio

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, M.Ed.,  is a Philadelphia-based, award-winning children’s book author. As an educator, she taught children and teens in traditional and alternative settings for more than fifteen years and worked as the lead curriculum developer for the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC). This antiracism work continues to influence her writing.  Forever an educator at heart, she is probably most proud that her books are included in the standardized curriculums of major school districts throughout North America. Her picture books and middle grade fiction, which center Black and Muslim protagonists, have been recognized as the best in children’s literature by TimeEbony, and NPR, and she is a Walter Award Honor author and an Irma Black Award silver medalist. In addition to producing children’s literature, she invests her time in the mentorship of aspiring children’s book authors through We Need Diverse Books and the Highlights Foundation.


Short Bio

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is a Philadelphia-based anti-racist author of popular educator-recommended children’s books. She is a Walter Award honor author and an Irma Black Award silver medalist, and her books continue to make many “Best of” lists, including Time’s “10 Best YA and Children’s Books” and Book Riot’s “20 Best Children’s Books of All Time.”

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