Zanib Mian


Zanib Mian is an accomplished children’s author whose 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. With this career change, Zanib began to publish books and write a Snappy Opera for the Mahogany Opera Group. In 2018, Zanib Mian was the surprise winner of the Little Rebels Award for her self-published middle grade book, The Muslims. This was then signed up by Hachette Children's Group in a world rights deal to become Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet (2019) and the launch of a new series, perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Wimpy Kid. Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet was longlisted for the UKLA Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for The Diverse Book Awards. In 2021 Zanib Mian was selected for World Book Day (UK). The Planet Omar series is also published in the North America by Putnam (Penguin Random House) and translated into Dutch, German, Italian, Danish and Arabic.

For Mahogany Opera: Machine Dream.

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