Hi, I’m Emma Apple! I write and illustrate children’s books for families and teachers who want unique and multicultural bookshelves. Through my books, I introduce children to complex concepts and new ideas that help them understand the people and world around them.
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? (2014) quickly reached #1 in the Amazon Islamic Children’s category, it sold over 1,000 copies within the first year. For Ramadan 2016, I introduced my characters and a new series, Owl & Cat, in Owl & Cat: Ramadan Is… (May, 2016).
As of 2017, I have written, illustrated, and published 9 books under my indie publishing imprint Books by Emma Apple. Including Islamic, general audience, coloring & activity, and an Arabic translation.
When I’m not writing and drawing, I’m having adventures with my family, reading stories to the baby, or in a chair with a cup of coffee and my kindle.
- 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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