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Nabi H. Ali

Nabi is a Tamil-American illustrator who enjoys creating diverse works that showcase an array of cultures and peoples. His interest in illustrative works started when he realized he could help create representation in the arts and in media for minorities, and he is very passionate about working with characters that he would have liked to see when he was a kid.

He is aspiring to become a visual development artist for animation alongside his pursuit of illustration and has worked for studios like Wild Canary Animation as a freelance character designer.

Usually, he illustrates digitally, but he also has a secret love of inks, color pencil, and acrylic paints. His favorite quality in art is experimenting with color and what the right colors can do to make a piece of art magical.

His hobbies include drawing (of course), doll collecting, reading, learning about South Asian mythology and folklore, and researching history.

Nabi H. Ali is represented by James Burns — to work with Nabi please email James

Reviews

The Schneider Family Book Award The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

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The Rise list (formerly known as the Amelia Bloomer Project) is made up of “well-written and well-illustrated books with significant feminist content” published in the past 18 months, for target audiences from birth to age 18.

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Awards

In My Mosque M.O. Yuksel, illus. by Hatem Aly. HarperCollins, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-06-297870-7 Debut author Yuksel writes a rich introduction to mosques, encompassing Muslim garb, ideals, and practices. Employing the refrain “In my mosque,” she offers an observation on each verso page (“In my mosque, aunties’ hijabs sway like a sea of flowers as we move through our prayers”), with a child’s first-person perspective relayed on the recto (“I try to pay attention, although sometimes I get distracted”). Rendered digitally with scans of ink washes, textures, and patterns, Hatem’s art offers a lush, multilayered appeal: golden world balloons with holy phrases; intricate, delicate-lined details; and inclusive scenes with people of varying abilities, ages, skin tones, and sizes. This personable, sensory love letter to a range of children’s mosque experiences will engage new learners and resonate with those already familiar. Back matter includes more information about mosques, a glossary, an author’s note, and more. Ages 4–8.

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