Hi, 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)
- 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!).
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