Read Sara’s blog post about finding her main character.
“A sense of belonging and community, lasting friendships, and a supportive network of creatives that empowered us to honor ourselves and our journey. The more involved I become with the Highlights Foundation’s programs and mission, the more my creative family expands. It feels like a second home.”—Nikki Shannon Smith, 2021 Amplify Black Stories Storyteller and Highlights Foundation Faculty
“An opportunity to build community with fellow Muslim storytellers, mentors who were breaking down barriers in the publishing industry, and affirmation of both the value and the need for Muslim representation in children’s literature.”—Heba Helmy, 2022 Muslim Storytellers Fellow