Salima Alikhan


In the 18th episode of Truer Words, we talk with writer and illustrator Salima Alikhan about fairy tales, illustration, and writing historical fiction on a very tight deadline.

Salima is the author of Emmi in the City and the illustrator of many picture books, including Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas and Pieces of Another World.

Find Salima on Twitter: @salimaalikhan and Instagram: @salimaalikhan. Her website is SalimaAlikhan.net.

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Mentioned in this Episode:

SCBWI: Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas, by Joe Gribnau and illustrated by Salima

Pieces of Another World by Mara Rockliff and illustrated by Salima

Puss in Boots

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen

The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

All Dogs Go to Heaven

Cynthia Leitich-Smith

BookPeople bookstore

Texas Book Festival

Austin Teen Book Festival

Vermont College of Fine Arts

St. Edward’s University

Capstone Publishing

Scholastic “I Survived” series

Lauren Tarshis

Chicago History Museum

Chicago Architecture Tours

Emmi in the City by Salima

Jake Maddox series

Kar-Ben publishers

Feivel’s Flying Horses by Heidi Smith Hyde

Jessie Janowitz

Jessie’s episode of Truer Words

Vincent & Theo by Deborah Heiligmann

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Jacqui Lipton


Parks & Recreation

Stranger Things

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Rick Riordan Presents

Percy Jackson series

Kathryn Benson