Maha Addasi was born and grew up in Kuwait. After graduating from Butler University with a degree in Journalism, she worked in public relations for the Noor Al Hussein Foundation, directed by Queen Noor of Jordan. She has been a producer and news correspondent for Jordan Television, Dubai Television, and the BBC, where she produced Badia, a documentary about the Bedouin tribes of Jordan. For Dubai Television, she contributed to Focus on Arabia, a documentary that presented cultures and traditions from every corner of the Arab world. Her books include The White Nights of Ramada (Smithsonian Notable Book for Children), Time to Pray (Arab American Book Award Honor), and A Kid’s Guide to Arab American History (Arab American Book Award Winner). She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College and lives in Fairfax, Virginia.