Salaam Reads is an imprint that aims to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families, and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works. The imprint, which takes its name from the Arabic word for “peace,” plans to publish books for young readers of all ages, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.

 

In addition to publishing works acquired through literary agents, Salaam Reads will also consider for publication unagented and/or unsolicited manuscripts. Submissions can be sent to SalaamReads@SimonandSchuster.com.

Founded in 2016,

Meet  the Team

Zareen Jaffery

Executive Editor

Zareen joined S&S Books for Young Readers in February 2011, continuing her focus on commercial and literary young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as teen nonfiction. Zareen works with a number of New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed authors including Jenny Han, Becca Fitzpatrick, Siobhan Vivian, Christina Lauren, Sarvenaz Tash, Lilliam Rivera, Sonya Mukherjee, Claire Legrand, Emma Trevayne, and Octavia Spencer. Her nonfiction acquisitions include The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez, Hidden Girl by Shyima Hall, and Far from the Tree: The Young Adult Edition by Andrew Solomon. In 2016, she began acquiring for Salaam Reads, an imprint that focuses on publishing books about Muslim children and families. Her upcoming projects with Salaam Reads include books by Awakening Media recording artist Harris J, poet and TEDx speaker Mark Gonzales, as well as debut authors Karuna Riazi and H.A. Raz. Zareen served for two years as a member of the CBC Diversity Committee, and is currently a co-chair of the Diversity within ALSC Task Force. Prior to Simon & Schuster, Zareen worked at HarperCollins Children’s Books and Hyperion books. Zareen is a graduate of New York University.

Mekisha Telfer

Editorial Assistant

Mekisha Telfer joined the S&S Books for Young Readers editorial team in September 2014. As an assistant to Zareen Jaffery and Kristin Ostby she has the privilege of working with talented authors like Jenny Han, Stuart Gibbs, Emma Trevayne, Becca Fitzpatrick, Siobhan Vivian, Jessica Lawson, Kresley Cole, Heather Vogel Frederick, Tomie dePaola, and many more. Prior to BFYR Mekisha graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing and modernist literature; worked at Avid Bookshop; interned with Prospect Literary Agency; and completed the New York University Summer Publishing Institute program. For work and otherwise, she loves reading YA and middle grade fiction that’s earnest and unpredictable and can make her laugh and cry on her morning commute.

Justin Chanda

Vice President & Publisher

Justin Chanda joined the editorial staff at Simon & Schuster in 2005 after an eight year stint at HarperCollins. A graduate of New York University, Justin was named publisher of the S&S Books for Young Readers imprint in 2007, McElderry Books and Atheneum Books for Young Readers in 2009, and Salaam Reads in 2016. He oversees the publication of two hundred and fifty titles per year ranging from the youngest picture book to the edgiest YA. He is keenly interested in publishing books that are equal parts commercial and literary, books that make a contribution to the tradition, while truly entertaining kids.

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