Meet Rabiah York Lumbard
Rabiah York Lumbard is an award-winning author of the picture book The Conference of the Birds (Wisdom Tales, 2012). Her latest picture book, The Gift of Ramadan (Albert Whitman, 2019) was highly recommended by SLJ as "a perfect addition to holiday book collections," while her deeply personal debut novel No True Believers (Crown 2020), which draws on her experience as an American Muslim at home and abroad has been hailed by Booklist as "taut debut novel" and "a page-turner that carries a message of radical love, regardless of faith."
After embracing Islam at the age of eighteen, she earned a BA in religious studies from George Washington University and is completing her MFA in creative writing at Spalding University. She moves frequently, but currently lives in the Doha with her husband and three daughters where she also works as a part-time writing specialist at local universities. Favorite pastimes include rescuing Arabian Maus and kayaking in the Arabian Gulf.