Meet the Author: Hena Khan

October 31, 2019 · 1-1:30 p.m. (ET) · Audience: Students in Grades 6-8

Register for the Webcast · Watch the Promo on YouTube

Every educator who registers for this webcast will be entered in a random drawing to win a 25-copy class set of More to the Story and a Reading Group Guide to Books by Hena Khan. Thank you, Simon & Schuster, for the generous donation. The winner will be notified by e-mail.


Hena Khan is the author of several children’s books featuring Muslim characters. In a review of Amina’s Voice, the School Library Journal wrote that the book is a “universal story of self-acceptance and the acceptance of others. A welcome addition to any middle grade collection.”

From her picture books like Under My Hijab to her chapter book series Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream, the author says she enjoys “sharing and writing about my culture and religion.”

In an interview with, the author, a Pakistani-American Muslim, said, “My ultimate goal is to create layered and multidimensional characters that all types of people can relate to—male or female, young or old, from any ethnic and religious background.”

During the live webcast, students can call in and talk to the author about developing characters and themes, the writing process, her inspirations and goals, whatever is on their minds. We are accepting questions from students prior to the webcast. Students may submit their questions online or via e-mail to Please submit questions by October 28.

Suggested Resources

Hena Khan’s Website
Amina’s Voice Reading Group Discussion Guide from Simon & Schuster
Reading Group Guide to Books by Hena Khan from Simon & Schuster

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