Tayyaba Syed is the multiple award-winning author of the children’s picture book The Blessed Bananas. She has written for 20+ book titles including Encyclopedia Britannica. As a journalist, her bylines have been in numerous publications such as NPR, Chicago Parent, Islamic Horizons and Chicago Crescent. She is an active volunteer for Rabata, teaches writing to communities everywhere, and performs readily as a fun storyteller. She has worked as the Creative Developer for Noor Kids educational books and as a co-author for the Jannah Jewels chapter-book series. As a public speaker, she has conducted 100+ literary presentations from all over the U.S. to Qatar and Turkey. She finds creative inspiration in the every day and loves baking healthy desserts. Tayyaba is pursuing her Islamic Studies certification through the Ribaat Academic Program and lives with her husband and three children in Illinois..