I feel so lucky that I caught debut creator Zahra Marwan at the beginning of her picture book career, becuase it's clear she's going to be very successful at it. Her first book Where Butterflies Fill the Sky is an extremely personal tale about her own immigration from Kuwait to the United States with her family. There's so much love and heart in her words and images, and I'm proud to share my conversation with Zahra here today about her process.
About the book:
Zahra lives in a beautiful place where the desert reaches all the way to the sea and one hundred butterflies always fill the sky. When Baba and Mama tell her that their family is no longer welcome here and they must leave, Zahra wonders if she will ever feel at home again--and what about the people she will leave behind? But when she and her family arrive in a new desert, she's surprised to find magic all around her. Home might not be as far away as she thought it would be.
Let's talk Zahra Marwan!