To mark #IslamicBookDay , we have asked a number of authors some questions in the hope that this will inspire a new wave of Islamic literature for children. If you have a desire to write, or have little ones who have shown an interest in writing, this may give you some motivation!


Zanib Mian is the founder of Sweet Apple Books.

1. What’s your favourite Islamic children’s book?
Tough one! As there are so many wonderful books out there now MashaAllah. I would have to say ‘How Big is Allah’ by Emma Apple, simply because my son is full of those sorts of questions!

2. As a child, what did you aspire to be?
I wanted to be a teacher, but I always loved writing and rhyming. I did become a teacher, and taught for five years before focusing full-time on writing and publishing books.

3. What advice do you have for children wanting to write a book?
I started writing when I was just a little girl, and I used to write about everything and anything and show it to everyone. I’d like to advise budding authors to do that too!

Thank you Zanib!