Zanib Mian’s 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.
She launched Sweet Apple Publishers with a clear commitment to publishing inclusive books, many of which she has authored herself.
She regularly features in the Bradford Literature Festival, was commissioned to write an opera for The Mahogany Opera Group, and is also on the panel of judges for the prestigious Young Muslim Writers Awards.
I’m honoured to be asked to judge this prize, where I will have the opportunity to discover new voices in children’s literature! It wasn’t long ago that a prize got me a fantastic book deal with Hachette. To think that I will be part of another writer’s journey to this point is extremely exciting!