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Do You Even Know Me?: Storytime and Conversation with Reem Faruqi and Ani Bushry

Event date: 
Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.

Charis welcomes author Reem Faruqi in conversation with illustrator Ani Bushry for a storytime reading of Do You Even Know Me? an empowering picture book about a girl who stands up for her Muslim culture and identity and counters bullying with love, peace, and kindness.

My name is Salma, which means peace. Islam also means peace. I wish more people knew that.

Salma is Muslim, an identity she takes pride in. But not everyone understands Salma’s religion the way she does, including news reporters, and even a boy in her class, who bullies Salma for belonging to the culture and faith she loves. However, when things go too far, Salma says, “Enough is enough!” and finds the courage to defend herself while also spreading a message of peace. 

Reem Faruqi is the award-winning children’s book author of “Lailah’s Lunchbox,” a book based on her own experiences as a young Muslim girl immigrating to the United States. She’s also the author of “Amira’s Picture Day,” “I Can Help,” “Milloo’s Mind,” “Anisa’s International Day,” and three middle grade novels in verse, “Unsettled,” “Golden Girl,” and “Call Me Adnan,” many of which received starred reviews. After surviving Atlanta traffic and the school drop off, Reem spends her days trying to write, but instead gets distracted easily by her camera and buttery sunlight. Reem Faruqi lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughters. You can find her at or on Instagram or Twitter.

Ani Bushry is an author/illustrator from the Maldives. She grew up listening to stories her Mom used to tell her from memory - sometimes made up and some that were local fables from her childhood and since, she has always had a soft spot for drawing and writing stories for children.

She graduated from the University of West of England, and her background is in both graphic design and illustration. She is the illustrator of children’s books  Bhangra Baby by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal and the Marya Khan series by Saadia Faruqi. She lives in the Maldives with her husband and their cats.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices.

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Do You Even Know Me? By Reem Faruqi, Ani Bushry (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Reem Faruqi, Ani Bushry (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063206182
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Published: HarperCollins - May 7th, 2024

"With colorful, appealing cartoon illustrations and a text that reads aloud well, this touching story encourages kids not only to accept people from different cultures and religions but to stand up for themselves when they're being bullied." —ALA Booklist (starred review)

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The House Without Lights: A glowing celebration of joy, warmth, and home By Reem Faruqi, Nadia Alam (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Reem Faruqi, Nadia Alam (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250907219
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 3rd, 2024

In this heartwarming holiday picture book, House misses being decorated for the winter holidays . . . but is delighted to be lit up for Eid instead.

After seeing all of its neighbors' twinkling lights for the winter holidays, House hopes to shine too. When Huda and her family move in, House thinks its time to sparkle has finally come.

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Anisa's International Day By Reem Faruqi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063206243
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: HarperCollins - August 27th, 2024

From the award-winning author of Unsettled, meet Anisa, the adorable Pakistani American heroine of this irresistible younger middle grade novel about a girl who introduces her class to the art of mehndi for International Day.

Call Me Adnan By Reem Faruqi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063284944
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Published: HarperCollins - June 13th, 2023

"An emotional tale of a family’s grief and healing, full of courage and hope" —Kirkus Reviews

Golden Girl By Reem Faruqi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063044760
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Published: HarperCollins - May 16th, 2023

From the award-winning, ALA Notable author of Unsettled and Lailah’s Lunchbox, this is a captivating coming-of-age middle grade novel in verse about seventh grader Aafiyah Qamar, a Pakistani American girl who hatches a special plan to help her family but finds that doing what’s right isn’t always easy.

Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story By Reem Faruqi, Lea Lyon (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Reem Faruqi, Lea Lyon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780884484318
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - May 1st, 2015

*2019 Daybreak Children's Picture Book Award -- Recognizing Muslim Women's Contributions to Literature*

Event Summary: 
An empowering picture book about a girl who stands up for her Muslim culture and identity and counters bullying with love, peace, and kindness.