I am an elementary school teacher and have taught second grade for four years. I love Read-Aloud time and being around students of all ages. Please get in touch with me by emailing me at ReemFaruqi@gmail.com with the Subject Line “Author Visit.”
I look forward to working with you, incorporating my stories in your lesson, and in customizing a visit that fits your group’s needs! So far I have presented on the stages of the writing process, character development, and more. I am also available via Skype and good old snail mail to answer students’ questions – just send me an email to set it up! I will let you know my hourly and day rates.
For writing conferences, I offer a session both virtually or in-person:
Picture Books: From Opening Line to Published Manuscript –
Reem will discuss how to create a strong opening for your picture book and give examples of successful books from the kidlit world. She will offer insight on using one’s personal experiences in stories. She will give tips on navigating the process of getting an agent and publisher, inevitable rejections, and what the process is like fine tuning edits with an editor. She will discuss the stages of going from a rough draft to a book. She will conclude her presentation sharing which resources she uses for success and inspiration.
“Reem’s visit was broadening–in that some of our students were not familiar with Ramadan and its customs. We got a taste of religion and culture, geography, and social learning. Our Muslim students were thrilled to “see themselves” at last in a book. Reem showed us her craft, but she also encouraged children to write themselves, giving examples of adding details and “showing, not telling” to convey emotion. After her inspiring visit, we have many first-time authors at our school!” –
Nava Fader, Librarian at Olmsted School #64
“I had the pleasure of hosting Reem Faruqi at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (Central Library) for a reading of her book “Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story”. Over 100 students from a local charter school were in attendance, plus members of the public and some of our librarians. Reem did an outstanding job reading her book to a large crowd. She also took time to answer student questions and really engaged the audience. We were able to project Reem’s book onto our projector screen with the PDF she provided ahead of time and we had the option of using her flash drive if that didn’t work. Communication was timely via email and Reem was wonderful to work with in-person.” –
Kristi Dougherty, Librarian Manager of Children’s Services & Outreach, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
“Our school received a special visit the other day. Author, Reem Faruqi. Reem commanded an auditorium full of students, grades 2-5. With a calm and soft spoken demeanor, she captivated this large audience. They were eager to participate during her read aloud of Laillah’s Lunchbox, and were excited to ask Reem about her writing process as well. Reem’s prior experience as a second grade teacher was evident. The read aloud was meaningful and educational. I feel fortunate to have spent time with this lovely woman. I would invite her to visit our school anytime …. ”
– Heidi LaRou, School Librarian Buffalo, NY
I will be at or have presented to the following:
Atlanta Writers Conference – March 7th, 2020, “Picture Books: From Opening Line to Published Manuscript”
Bolton Academy: December 16th, 2019
WNY Children’s Book Expo – November 10th, 10-3PM at Buffalo Niagra Convention Center
Diyanet Center of America , Washington DC – May 4th
Masjid Al-Furqan – West Cobb Islamic Center – April 27th
Happy Home Schools – April 3rd, Karachi, Pakistan
International Community School – Book Reading and presentation on Writing Process – September 14th, 2018
Dar Un Noor Academy – Character Book Day – March 28th, 2018
International Community School – Book Reading and presentation on Character Development – April 2017
American Library Association – Book Signing – January 21st, 2017
Thank you to all the librarians who stopped by!
National Council of Social Studies – Book Signing and Presentation on the story behind my story! – December 3rd, 2016
National Council of Teachers for English – Book Signing and Panel: How Can I Advocate for Muslim Students When I Have Questions Myself? – November 19th, 2016
Hamza Academy – November 17th, 2016
Boyd Elementary – visit for Anti Defamation League’s Read for Respect Program – February 22nd, 2016
Ilm Academy, May 8th, 2015 – Roswell, GA
Ilm Book Fair: May 9th, 2015 – Roswell, GA
Hamza Academy: May 12th, 2015 – Alpharetta, GA
RCM: Ramadan Story time – June 10th, 2015 – Roswell, GA
Little Shop of Stories – June 21st at 3 PM , 2015- Decatur, GA
Little Alims Academy – Marietta, GA, 2015
Oak Forest Library – Friday, November 13 , 2015| 1:30 PM – Houston, Texas
Walter Library – Saturday, November 14, 2015 | 3 PM – Houston, Texas
To find out details, please email me!
To see a sneak peek of what my classroom looked like, click here!
To see Amazon reviews, please click here.
“Unlike Muslim countries, where everything is decorated for the holy month of Ramadan and everyone fosters a sense of connection to the importance of the month, parents who live in non-Muslim countries have the added challenge that there is little recognition of this holy time outside of our homes and mosques. Reem skillfully portrays not only how special the holy month of Ramadan is but also how a Muslim child can feel special about herself at times when others do not practice the same beliefs. A great way to give youth confidence!
Not only did our students enjoy the story time session but also the staff! Clear, engaging and full of emotion. Students were so interested to find out how Lailah will face her fears and the illustrations enhanced the whole experience! Our students couldn’t resist but ask “what’s going to happen…” as they sat glued to the pages of the book.
Reem did a superb job in the way themes like confidence, perseverance, respect, and of course Islam are portrayed in the book for all different audiences! Definitely a skillful trait of a dedicated author!” –
Summaya Adam, Hamzah Academy Vice Principal