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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 people.

His interest in illustration started when he realized he could help create representation in the arts and in media for minorities. He is very passionate about working with characters that he wishes he had seen in books when he was a child. Nabi is aspiring to become a visual development artist for animation alongside his pursuit of illustration. He 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 thing about art is experimenting with color and what the right colors can do to make a piece magical. His hobbies include doll collecting, reading, learning about South Asian mythology and folklore.

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

Reviews

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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Awards

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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