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Shifa Saltagi Safadi is a Syrian American Muslim.

She hopes her books encourage understanding and empathy between readers of all backgrounds. She is an author of three picture books, and is agented, with more books coming! 

She is an avid reader, a huge proponent of diverse books, and Muslim Bookstagram reviewer on MuslimMommyBlog. Shifa is one of the co-founders of Muslim Book Reviewers, a group that holds the annual Muslim Bookstagram Awards, as well as provides cover reveals and sensitivity readings to publishers.

For any literary inquiries:

Please contact Agent Janine Le of Janine Le Literary Agency.

Check out Shifa's books below:

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Spell it Like Samar

Published by Ruqaya's Bookshelf

Samar has recently moved to America from Syria, and everything is new. Even the jump rope games at recess are unfamiliar. It doesn't help that Jenna, the class bully, keeps making fun of Samar's accent.
Samar decides to enter the school spelling bee to prove once and for all that she's smarter than everyone thinks! But learning the words turns out harder than she thought. Can Samar be persistent and compete in the school spelling bee?

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Heaven at Mama's Feet

Published by Ruqaya's Bookshelf

Since Ibrahim's little brother Musa was born, Ibrahim hasn't been feeling very special anymore. At Musa's Aqeeqah, he learns that Heaven is at his mom's feet, so he decides he wants heaven to be at his feet, too! Maybe if he copies what his mom does, he will finally be special again, just like her. Can Ibrahim do everything Mama does or are her shoes too big to fill?

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Pepperoni, Pitches, and Other Problems

Published by Ruqaya's Bookshelf

 Amira used to love eating cheese pizza and playing baseball with her friends. But at her new school, she sits all alone and can't even have her cheese pizza slice because of Olivia!

After hitting a home-run during gym, Amira finally gets noticed by the popular crowd. She's so excited to have friends that she doesn't pay attention to Olivia's tears...or Elena's narrowed eyes.