Emma Apple, Author-Illustrator & Designer

Emma Apple - Author-IllustratorHi, I’m Emma Apple! I write and illustrate best selling Islamic children’s books for families who want unique Muslim and multicultural bookshelves. Through my books, I help kids grasp complex concepts using authentic Islamic sources, scientific facts and characters with character!

My journey as a writer began in the anthology Bona Fide: 53 true Kiwi stories about life as a teen (Avocado, 2003), with a piece about being a Muslim teenager in NZ. A decade later I debuted as a children’s illustrator in Hind’s Hands: A Story About Autism by Umm Juwayriyah (As Sabr Publications, 2013).

My debut as an independent author-illustrator, How Big Is Allah? (Books by Emma Apple, 2014) quickly reached #1 in the Amazon Islamic Children’s category, it sold over 1,000 copies within the first year. The other two best-selling Islamic children’s books in the Children’s First Questions series, How Does Allah Look? and Where Is Allah? were published in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

For Ramadan 2016, I introduced my characters and a new series, Owl & Cat, in Owl & Cat: Ramadan Is… (May, 2016), the follow up, Owl & Cat: Islam Is… (June, 2016), and Owl & Cat: Family Is… (November 2016) 

When I’m not writing and drawing, I’m with my husband and children out in nature or at home watching our favorite documentaries.

Fun facts

  • I’m famous for my love of yellow (use my hashtag #EmmaYellow to share your favorite yellow things with me!).
  • I love all sorts of stones (Rock on!) – and puns!
  • I’m a huge fan of Star Trek (Live long and prosper!).

Don’t miss a book or new product announcement (they don’t always happen, but when they do, they’re awesome)! Make sure you sign up to my mailing list and join me on your favorite social media site too.