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 Rfaruqi84@gmail.com with the Subject Line “Author Visit.” I look forward to working with you, incorporating Lailah’s Lunchbox in your lesson, and in customizing a visit that fits your group’s needs! 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 be at or have presented to the following:
International Community School – Book Reading – 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 ADL’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!
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“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
“My wife, girls (ages 8 and almost 10), and two young friends of ours from Afghanistan had the pleasure of hearing Ms. Faruqi read Lailah’s Lunchbox at the Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Georgia. Lailah’s story is a heartfelt tale of faith, acceptance, and being comfortable with who you are and what makes you different in a diverse society. As non-Muslims with Muslim friends, my family and I enjoyed learning more about Ramadan, and my girls have enjoyed re-reading the book and talking about the illustrations. Speaking of the illustrations, they are warm, detailed, and really bring the book to life. This is especially impressive as Ms. Faruqi’s first book and we look forward to her future ones,” – Steve, Visitor at Little Shop of Stories
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