Aisha Saeed is the author of Written in the Stars, which was
listed as a best book of 2015 by Bank Street Books, a 2016 YALSA
Quick Pick For Reluctant Readers, and named one of the top ten
books all Young Georgians Should Read in 2016. She is also the
author of the middle grade novel Amal Unbound, which has
received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and
Kirkus Reviews and is a Global Read Aloud for 2018. She is
also the author of the picture book Bilal Cooks Daal. Aisha
is also a founding member of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books.
She has been featured on MTV, Huffington Post, NBC, and the
BBC, and her writings have appeared in publications including the
journal ALAN and the Orlando Sentinel.
Anoosha Syed is a Pakistani-Canadian illustrator and character designer for animation, based in Texas. She graduated with a BFA in illustration at Ceruleum: Ecole d'arts Visuels in Lausanne, Switzerland. Bilal Cooks Daal is her first picture book.
"A quietly radical, eminently delightful book." * Kirkus Reviews,
starred review *
"Refreshingly innovative...a lovely picture-book debut." * Booklist *
"The author uses food as a way to create common ground and bridge cultures. The illustrations are charming and the facial expressions of the children are endearing. The recipe itself, diversity of the characters, and the father taking on the role as a cook and enlisting his son to help prepare dinner are interwoven themes that make this book perfect for reading discussions among preschoolers. The book also shows that the deepest flavors come with ingredients that simmer gently. This teaches patience to youngsters. The story can prompt discussions about patience, friendship, expanding your palate, measurements, and spices. A fun introduction to cross cultural sharing." * School Library Journal, Online *