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
From the critically acclaimed author of Amina’s Voice comes the first book in an exciting new middle grade series about a scrawny fourth-grader with big dreams of basketball stardom.
When Uchenna and Elliot’s classmate publishes an article in the school newspaper about the Schmoke Brothers, Professor Fauna notices something alarming in a photo. Mounted on the wall of the Schmoke’s living room is a single spiral horn that he’s certain could have come from only one animal — a unicorn! To save these magical creatures — and to finally see a unicorn themselves — the Unicorn Rescue Society heads to the rugged mountains of Pakistan.
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!
Grandma wears it clasped under her chin. Aunty pins hers up with a beautiful brooch. Jenna puts it under a sun hat when she hikes. Zara styles hers to match her outfit. As a young girl observes six very different women in her life who each wear the hijab in a unique way, she also dreams of the rich possibilities of her own future, and how she will express her own personality through her hijab.
Meet Zara Saleem, the queen of the neighborhood. Zara’s in charge of it all: she organizes the games, picks the teams, and makes sure everyone has a good time…and they always do. When a new family moves in across the street, suddenly Zara’s reign is threatened by Naomi, who has big ideas of her own about how the neighborhood kids can have fun. To get everyone to notice her again, Zara decides she’s going to break a Guinness World Record — if her little brother Zayd doesn't mess things up.
Zara lives for bike rides with her friends — so when her shiny, brand-new bike goes missing from the park one day, she's crushed. After her parents insist she earn the money for another one herself, Zara’s determined to start a business. But what kind? A lemonade stand? Not profitable enough. Selling painted rocks? Not enough customers.
It's spring break and Zara and Naomi have big plans…until Zara finds out that Naomi’s parents are sending her to camp and Zara and Zayd are going to spend the week with their grandparents. Zara’s pretty sure it’s a rule that spring break is supposed to be full of fun and adventure — not doing chores for Naano and watching Nana Abu doze on the couch! But ever since Nana Abu retired, it seems all he wants to do is eat and sleep, and Zara’s worried their grandfather has lost his mojo. Meanwhile, Naomi's having a blast at her day camp.