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November 28, 2018

Tayyaba Syed is an award-winning author who has written 20+ book titles, including Encyclopedia Britannica. As a journalist, her bylines have been in numerous publications such as NPR. She volunteers for Daybreak Press as an Author Coach and Research Specialist, teaches writing to communities everywhere, and performs as a fun storyteller. She also worked as a Creative Developer for Noor Kids educational books. Her debut children’s book “The Blessed Bananas” has won three gold seals in literary awards. 

2018 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Results

October 10, 2018

Jenkins Group is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. Launched in 2007, the awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading. Congratulations to all the winners!

Episode 003: Life as an Author with Tayyaba Syed

July 24, 2018

Welcome to episode 003 of the Yasmin Essa podcast! On today's show, I am joined by Tayabba Syed, author of the award-winning children’s story The Blessed Bananas for a lovely conversation on the publishing world, Islam, family, and more.

Episode Twenty-Three: Diversity in Literature with Tayyaba Syed

July 12, 2018

We’re talking about diversity in Children’s lit this week!  Joining me is author Tayyaba Syed.  Tayyaba is a writer, wife, mother and Muslim woman who is on a mission to give her children and other Muslim kids mirrors in the books they read.  We chatted about why this is important, what she’s found as she started exploring how Muslim’s were represented in literature and the way things are changing.

January 31, 2018

I recently came across Tayyaba Syed after my girls were enthralled with the book series“Jannah Jewels” by Umm Nura.

Four of the books in the series were co-authored by Tayyaba.


It’s not often you can find great books for older kids that are not only written by a Muslim author, but feature Muslim characters.


I reached out to Tayyaba and asked if I could feature her on Hijabtrendz. She was so kind and quick to respond. Here is our exclusive interview…

December 06, 2017

Author Tayyaba Syed talks to Yvonne Maffei about her new book, Blessed Bananas, which originated as a puppet show. The duo talk about book while making four recipes that are perfectly paired with the book. Click to learn more about what they make and how you can enhance your Blessed Bananas experience. 

October 26, 2017

Muslimah Bossin While Raising the Next Generation:

Tayyaba Syed is the Creative Developer at Noor Kids, a co-author of "Jannah Jewels" which is a fun chapter book series rich with Islamic History for kids, and now the author of her own book, "The Blessed Bananas". In this episode tune in to find out How Author Tayyaba Syed found her voice and all of the amazing things she is doing to inspire so many.

March 17, 2017

Tayyaba Syed, Editorial Associate, Daybreak Press, along with Zareen Jaffery, Executive Editor, Simon & Schuster; Ainee Fatima, Social Activist and Poet, and host Saimah Shareef talk about a new line of children's books featuring Muslim characters and stories.

September 30, 2016

Tayyaba Syed was nominated by her friend who had this to say about her,"She's taken to the no makeup revolution movement and impresses upon young Muslim girl fans who look up to her that hijabi beauty and elegance can be attained by simply being true to your own self and confident in your skin." 

September 01, 2013

On this tenth day of Ramadan, we speak with a Tayyaba Syed. She's a Pakistani-American living in suburban Chicago. "In my faith," she wrote to us, "parents are highly regarded; we have to honor and respect them unreservedly and treat them with utter kindness." Her Ramadan story revolves around her father.…

Parenting One’s Parents (NPR)

October 02, 2011

It is never too early to instill in my kids these types of family values, which are a huge part of my religion.

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