News & Events


BCALA Honor Award

All You Have to Do is a BCALA Debut Honor Award winner!  See the other award winners and honorees announced here!

Ramadan on Rahma Road: A Recipe Storybook – coming in 2025!

Exciting title we can’t wait to share with you!

Highlights Foundation

Calling all Muslim writers for young people!

Ayo’s Adventure trailer

Watch the book trailer for Ayo’s Adventure: Across the African Diaspora from Afro to Zulu – coming from Barefoot Books September 17, 2024. Stay tuned for launch events!

Massachusetts Book Award Longlist

All You Have to Do is longlisted for the Massachusetts Book Award for YA/Middle Grade!

Black Caucus of the ALA

All You Have to Do is a

BCALA Best of the Best 2024

Kirkus Reviews

All You Have to Do is a Best Young Adult Book of 2023.

“An electric debut; a must-read for all.”

People Magazine feature

All You Have to Do featured in People Magazine as a must-read for fall 2023.

“Masterfully interwoven narratives show what it means to challenge injustice through the decades.”

Highlights Foundation Crash Course in Children’s Book Publishing for Muslim Storytellers

Thanks to funding from the Doris Duke Foundation through its Building Bridges Program, the Highlights Foundation is able to host the Muslim Storytellers Crash Course with additional programming to come through 2025. The Building Bridges Program supports national efforts, working with U.S. Muslims, to increase mutual understanding and well-being among diverse populations for the benefit of building stronger, inclusive communities.

Upcoming Events

12th National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL)

Culture Keepers: Unity in Diversity: Stronger Together in the African Diaspora

New Orleans, LA

July 24-27, 2024

Panel: “Uniting the Global Majority: How Black Culture Shapes Resistance Movements Around the World”

with Mahasin Abuwi Aleem, Dr. Rebecca Hankins, and Rhonda Roumani

Massachusetts Center for the Book

Debut author event

August 14, 6:00pm

Register to attend virtually here!

Past Events


NCTE Conference and ALAN Workshop

November 16-21, 2023
Columbus, OH

  • “What’s in Your Classroom Library? Diversify Your Shelves and Your Book Talks with New YA Literature”
  • “Youth and Protest: The Teacher’s Role”
  • #Disrupttexts session
  • ALAN reception
  • “History’s Reflection of the Present”

Kweli Pre-Conference Event

October 21, 2023
Ballet Hispánico, NYC

All You Have to Do Launch Event

August 29, 2023
Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library

Many thanks to all who came out to celebrate the launch of my debut novel, All You Have to Do. It was a beautiful evening with folks of all ages and backgrounds.

Watch my conversation with Jenn De Leon, thanks to the Associates of the Boston Public Library, and hear the playlist, curated by Daren Graves. Special thanks to Frugal Bookstore and Caked!

​Other past events