★  “Lyrical and sweet… A beautiful tale that celebrates friendship, lovely words, and glorious nature.” —School Library Journal

“This gentle book offers solace to anyone who has felt lonely and discovered comfort in writing or in the natural world.” —The Horn Book

“A sweet and quiet homage to friendship, nature, and the power of words and poetry.” —Kirkus

“[Poetree] celebrates a child’s love for words and self-expression…Readers will be inspired by Sylvia’s strong sense of self and ability to follow her heart regardless of the perceptions of others.” —School Library Connection

“Delicate illustrations in graphite pencil and pastel watercolors encourage the possibilities of finding beauty in nature and diversity in relationships. Certain to inspire budding poets.”  —Booklist

Published  March 2019, Dial Books 


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Published December 2017,  Simon&Schuster

Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Illustrated by Shahrzad Maydani

New Books for Newborns is where to start. With lilting lullaby text and lovely illustrations, the New Books for Newborns stories are the perfect first books for new parents to share with their little ones right from the start!

In this sweet board book, a parent gently reassures a baby that they will be watching over them as they close their eyes for sleep.


Now available in Spanish!

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* A Junior Library Guild Selection

This is a powerful and effective message, and readers are in for a treat.” –Booklist, STARRED REVIEW ★

Any reader who has ever felt left out will cheer for Nico as he shows he can be “both a bird and completely, delightfully himself.” –Publishers Weekly

This heartwarming tale about a Black boy who feels free to be himself and finds genuine friendships by doing so offers realistic hope and encouragement for children who feel different to accept their authentic selves. Gentle illustrations use textures and color schemes to blend imagination with reality for a delightfully surreal journey through Nico’s world. His classmates are mostly kids of color, and one uses a wheelchair. A lovely celebration of individuality.” –Kirkus

Published July 2021,  Knopf Books for Young readers.

Written by Matthew Burgess

Illustrated by Shahrzad Maydani

Amazon/Indiebound/Knopf Books

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Selected as one of THE BEST CHILDREN"S BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2023 EDITION–Bank Street College Of Eduction 

Francis Discovers Possible is a lyrical picture book from Tony Award–winning producer Ashlee Latimer and award-winning illustrator Shahrzad Maydani that models joyful self-acceptance.

“Full of heart and candor, Francis teaches us that loving your body isn’t perfect or easy, but it’s always worth it.” —Julie Murphy, New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’

Published May 2022,  Abrams Books

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This much-needed picture book about navigating the difficult experience of pregnancy loss meets young readers at their level to offer a tender look at grieving someone who never entered the world

"There aren’t many offerings on this topic, and none as effective or beautiful. An excellent choice for all SEL collections."

School Library Journal,STARRED REVIEW ★

"Given the relative lack of stories about miscarriage that center characters of color, this is a needed and important title. A sensitively told story of a child grappling with her family’s pregnancy loss.' – Kirkus,

Published August 2023, Simon&Schuster


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Publication set for March 2024, Simon&Schuster

What do you do when your best friend moves away? This hopeful and resonant book filled with soft, vibrant illustrations tells the story of two friends who find a way to keep their special friendship alive, no matter the distance.

Written by Hope Lim

Illustrated by Shahrzad Maydani


About This Book

Publication set for May 2024, AbramsBooks

Perfect for fans of The Day You Begin and Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away, author Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and illustrator Shahrzad Maydani’s Sister Friend is a heartwarming new picture book celebrating the unique joy of cultivating friendships within your cultural community.

Written by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Illustrated by Shahrzad Maydani


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