Natasha Khan Kazi
Storyteller: Natasha Khan Kazi
Natasha Khan Kazi is a Los Angeles-based children’s book author and illustrator. Her creative work is rooted in empathy, diversity, and childhood joy. Her debut picture book, MOON’S RAMADAN (2023), is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. She was born in Bangladesh and immigrated to the U.S. when she was five years old and has since lived in Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. A digital content creator by training, she built Islamimommy, where she shares ways to honor Islam through arts & crafts. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and over 14 years of experience in digital storytelling, social media marketing, and online community building. Natasha’s second book will be released in 2024 with Versify/HarperCollins. Learn more at www.natashakhankazi.com.
How will Muslim children see themselves in your stories?
“Islam is inclusivity. When I was a child, my Sunday school teacher was Syrian, my Imam was Black, and my best Islamic school friends were Sudanese and Egyptian. That love for diversity is what I bring to my stories. Whether they center around a Muslim family or Islamic traditions, my stories are told so that all Muslim children feel pride and acceptance. Beyond Islamic identity, I want Muslim children to see themselves as leaders, dreamers, and makers.”