Reem Faruqi is an award winning author who enjoys writing lyrical stories that reflect her own experiences.

Photographer. Author. Doodler. Sunlight Craver. Word Swirler. Ocean waves that go on and on2. Waking up every day3. Plant tendrils that unfurl toward the sunlight4. Pencil swirls on my p

11 Things About Me:

  1. I doodle. All the time.  Doodling helps me make sense of the world around me.
  2. I used to only wear the color blue.
  3. I have a scar from a hockey stick underneath my left eye.
  4. Outside my house in Abu Dhabi used to be a coconut tree.
  5. I eat apples from the bottom creating a flower shaped pattern.
  6. I have three brothers and always thought I would have sons. Instead, I have three daughters.
  7. I used to drink milk three times a day.
  8. I would rather make play dough than cook dinner.
  9. I trust clear shampoos and don’t like it when my shampoo is opaque.
  10. I am like a plant. I crave sunlight.
  11. My favorite age as a child was being 9 years old.

Want to know more? 

When I take a break from the world around me and write, doodle, or take  photos, my mind breathes. Through my art medium of Photos, Pencils, Paint, and Potting soil, I thrive. I am a doodler and writer any chance I get, a seasonal photographer, and a Stay-At-Home-Mom during the week to  school aged girls Z, A, and H. I am also a  teacher and have taught second grade for four years, but am taking a break to mother and explore my creative outlet via the aforementioned 4 P’s.

You may know me as the children’s book author author of Lailah’s Lunchbox, Unsettled, and more! I started out this blog as a Stay-At-Home-Mom, but I’ve sort of morphed into a Work-and-Play-Whenever-I-Can-At-Home-Mom lately. I have more books on the way!

You can sometimes find me in an Atlanta park behind my camera since I’m a seasonal children-family-lifestyle photographer at ReemFaruqi Photography but mostly typing out stories in my favorite matching pajamas (the floral ones my grandmother made me!) at random hours. I also work with the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta as a Scheduler and Communications Director. This photoblog is my stepping stone to making my dreams a reality, my happiest dream being my children’s books getting published! Thank you for stopping by!

How to Contact Me: 

Please email me at ReemFaruqi@gmail.com if you would like to talk to me about an author visit, writing, or photography opportunities. Click here to hear how my name is pronounced.

How to Pronounce my Name

Instagram @ReemFaruqi . Twitter @ReemFaruqi


Professional Bio:

Reem Faruqi is an award winning author who enjoys writing lyrical stories that reflect her own experiences. When Reem Faruqi taught second grade, her favorite time was “Read Aloud” time. Now, her favorite time at home is reading with her daughters. Reem Faruqi is the award-winning author of “Lailah’s Lunchbox,” a picture book based on her own experiences as a young Muslim girl immigrating to the United States. Of Pakistani origin, Reem moved to Peachtree City, Georgia, from Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, when she was 13 years old. She’s also the author of three middle grade novels in verse, “Unsettled”, “Golden Girl” , “Call Me Adnan”, chapter book “Anisa’s International Day”, and picture books “Amira’s Picture Day”, “I Can Help,” “Milloo’s Mind,” “Swimming Toward a Dream,” many of which received starred reviews.  Reem seasonally works as a photographer at ReemFaruqi Photography and currently works as a Scheduler for the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta. She loves to doodle, write, and take photos at http://www.ReemFaruqi.com. Currently, she lives with her husband and three daughters in Atlanta.


My press kit with a long bio, short bio, and images are here.

For words behind the image, click here! http://education.gsu.edu/lailahs-lunchbox-ramadan-story/

When I’m writing or on-the-go, I opt for glasses and look like the person on the left!

P.S. If you want to take a peek inside my home, click here! My home may have a smattering of lunchboxes on the counters mixed with yesterday’s mail and today’s cracker crumbs, but I try to keep this online home organized and crisp. I really hope my words and photos here refresh you and give you a break from whatever it is you’re working on.  

P.P.S. If you are from the media and need my press kit or my images to download in hi-res, please click here. I am represented by Sara Crowe of Sara Crowe Literary.


  1. Reeemyyyyyy!!!! I love how you’re so creative Masha’Allah Masha’Allah 🙂 I miss you man- soo tired of the books at the moment- biochem is killing.

  2. Assalamoalikum Reem,

    Wow! MashaALLAH well done keep it up!

    Best wishes,

    Mussarat and Munifa

  3. Came here from searching for muslim children book. Great reviews of those books, I start ordering the first two books you reviewed….until I found out that you’ve reviewed more books and even written your own books 😀 . Will check them later.. Thanks and cheers from Australia 🙂

  4. Hi! I just read Lailah’s Lunchbox to my fourth graders (I’m a speech therapist here in Fayette County)!! I was so surprised when I saw the Peachtree City shout-out. We enjoyed the story and I thoroughly enjoying sharing Ramadan with my students.

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