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Zanib Mian - Author

About the Author

Zanib Mian's books have featured on BBC's Cbeebies Bedtime Stories and The Guardian for their contribution to diversity in children's literature. Zanib studied Molecular Cell Biology at University College London and went on to teach Science in secondary schools before she made the decision to give up the career to create change within children's publishing. She felt that diverse characters from all minorities and backgrounds weren't being fully represented in books for young children. She launched Sweet Apple Publishers with a clear commitment to publishing inclusive books, many of which she has authored herself. She regularly features in the Bradford Literature Festival, was commissioned to write an opera for The Mahogany Opera Group, and is also on the panel of judges for the prestigious Young Muslim Writers Awards.

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My Dad's Beard

My Dad's Beard

Author: Zanib Mian Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/06/2017

This warm book is about a child's love for his father, personified through his beard. An adorable little character shows us how much he admires his dad by sharing amusing observations and heartfelt sentiments of his beard; and why he and the family love it. This warm and loving family, convey all that is wonderful about parents and siblings. A perfect picture book with large, bold illustrations to read aloud, or for small children to read to themselves time and time again.

The Fairytale Times

The Fairytale Times

Author: Zanib Mian Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2016

Children and adults alike will delight in this hilariously entertaining alternative version of fairytale events. Newspapers are packed with exciting and shocking stories, and with adverts and interviews of celebrities. 'The Fairytale Times' is no different. The Ugly Duckling is now the world's highest paid supermodel - we hear of his 'ugly past' in an exclusive interview. Little Red Riding Hood has researched clever tactics to keep wolves at bay, and how they can be fought off should they attack (apparently they're attracted to red and allergic to peanuts). An evil fairy loses her powers, while a young boy befriends a giant, and there is a hunt on for a missing gingerbread man. All these and many more articles ensure you know what's going on in the fairytale world - and what new products are available to buy - like turbo-powered carriages and dragon pet food.

The Robot That Said Moo

The Robot That Said Moo

Author: Zanib Mian Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2016

A robot is lost, and when a farmer on a tractor, a dentist on a bike, a banker in a car, a plumber on foot, and even a little boy stop to help him, all he can say is 'moo.' Whatever does he mean, and how will he get home?A charming tale kids will love to read time and time again!

I Promise

I Promise

Author: Zanib Mian Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2016

A whimsical girl goes through life seeing one too many broken promises, including a promise from a man to give her the world, so she decides to create a promise of her own - one that can never be broken! Join her on her travels and find out if she can give herself the world!A warm, endearing tale about girl power and the value of a promise, beautifully depicting the diversity of the world!

Oddsockosaurus

Oddsockosaurus

Author: Zanib Mian Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2015

Packed with humour, which will amuse adults and children alike, this read-aloud picture book captures the imagination of a whimsical little boy who describes some of his very human characteristics as if he were a dinosaur. He refers to himself as a Fastosaurus Rex, Whyceratops, Readabookadocus, Tellafibasaurus, Muddyraptor, and many others. He explains why he can be all these different dinosaurs, and that if dinosaurs were still around, they would understand him quite well! A comic tale for dinosaur lovers everywhere!As seen on Cbeebies Bedtime Stories!

It Must Have Been You

It Must Have Been You

Author: Zanib Mian Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2015

A quirky, rhyming story of a cute little girl who unintentionally makes a mess everywhere she goes through her innocent child-like actions; and is caught in the act by pointing fingers of different family members every time! Until she does just the right thing to make it all better and transforms the pointing fingers to hugs and kisses.

Never Too Small

Never Too Small

Author: Zanib Mian Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2014

This book reaches out to the insecurities of young children and makes it clear that those around them will keep them safe. The rhyming prose impart an empowering story of overcoming fears,and also helps children both recognize and embrace the world's expanding ethnic diversities. Everybody is afraid of something, whether it is spiders, heights, or the dark. A young boy is too afraid to try things because of his size, but a good friend helps him feel better. In the same way a diverse group of characters get over their fears with a letter from a loved one. An endearing rhyming tale about common fears and caring for each other.

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