Hena Khan

Hena Khan is a Pakistani-American author for children and young adults from Rockville, MD. She has written "choose your own adventure" books, as well as books highlighting her culture and religion, such as Night of the Moon, It's Ramadan, Curious George, Golden Domes and Silver Laterns, Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets, and Amina's Voice. She also has written a series about a young basketball player inspired by her sons, Zayd Saleem: Chasing the Dream. Hena is a frequent guest at schools, where she talks about her writing and her books, as well as about her experiences as an American Muslim. See more from Hena in our Facebook Live interview with her!

Books by This Author

Amina's Voice

By: Hena Khan
Age Level: 12-14

Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the “cool” girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more “American.” Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in?

Bounce Back (Zayd Saleem: Chasing the Dream series)

By: Hena Khan

Zayd has a plan. He’s ready to take the reins as team captain of the Gold Team. But when an injury leaves him on the sidelines, his plans get derailed. Can Zayd learn what it means to be a leader if he’s not the one calling the shots?

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes

By: Hena Khan
Illustrated by: Mehrdokht Amini
Age Level: 3-6

From a crescent moon to a square garden to an octagonal fountain, this breathtaking picture book celebrates the shapes—and traditions—of the Muslim world. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets is equally at home in a classroom reading circle and on a parent's lap being read to a child.

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors

By: Hena Khan
Illustrated by: Mehrdokht Amini
Age Level: 3-6

With breathtaking illustrations and informative text, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns magnificently captures the world of Islam, celebrating its beauty and traditions for even the youngest readers. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, this entrancing volume is equally at home in the classroom as it is being read to a child on a parent's lap.

It's Ramadan, Curious George

By: Hena Khan
Age Level: 0-3

It's the first day of Ramadan, and George is celebrating with his friend Kareem and his family. George helps Kareem with his first fast and joins in the evening celebration of tasting treats and enjoying a special meal. Then, George helps make gift baskets to donate to the needy, and watches for the crescent moon with the man in the yellow hat. Finally George joins in the Eid festivities to mark the end of his very first Ramadan. 

Night of the Moon

By: Hena Khan
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
Age Level: 6-9

One evening, Yasmeen's mother pulls aside the curtain and tells her daughter to look at the thin crescent moon. In the Islamic calendar, she explains, it is a month of new beginnings — Ramadan. Each night, Yasmeen watches the moon change until the special Night of the Moon celebration. Vibrant illustrations convey the magic of Ramadan and its special traditions.

On Point (Zayd Saleem: Chasing the Dream series)

By: Hena Khan
Age Level: 9-12

Now that Zayd has made the Gold Team, he’s hustling hard and loving every minute of the season. But when team starts to struggle, Zayd can’t help wondering if it has something to do with him. Even worse, his best friend Adam suddenly starts acting like he doesn’t care about basketball anymore, even though they are finally teammates. He stops playing basketball with Zayd at recess and starts hanging out with other kids. Then, Adam up and quits the Gold Team to play football instead.

The Worst-Case Scenario: Mars (An Ultimate Adventure Novel)

Age Level: 9-12

Join the youngest crew of astronauts ever to make the trip to Mars! Faced with fearsome dangers and difficult decisions, your choices will determine your fate on the Red Planet. Will you achieve the mission and return home to Earth safely, successfully earning the title of the youngest astronaut ever to make it to Mars? Or will you be forced to turn back early? This thrilling adventure offers twenty-two possible endings, but only ONE leads to the ultimate success!