This site is run by Elizabeth Lymer, but there have been other contributors too …

Contributors’ Bios:

Elizabeth Lymer (Writing; singing; design; a teeny bit of illustration)

Elizabeth Lymer pen on shoulder Desaturated SMALL SQUAREI am children’s author of a handful of Muslim nursery rhymes books with Mindworks Publishing, and I have published a baby book and picture book independently through Aneesa Books. Since April last year, I have collaborated on writing for Noor Kids children’s books.

I enjoy sharing stories as interactive events and memorable, transformative performances – a delight I discovered during my Drama BA, and developed through training as a Theatre of the Oppressed Practitioner with Cardboard Citizens, and as a Storyteller at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Over the past five years, I have written children’s stories and nursery rhymes prolifically, sometimes venturing out of my busy household to tell and sing at friends’ homes, the park, toddler group, nursery, and recently at the IHRC Bookshop in London.

I am currently home educating my young children, utilising the Education Revisited curriculum which means reading lots of excellent classic children’s stories.

I love rainbows and insha’Allah my forthcoming book with Brooke Alam is ‘Angels and Rainbows’.

Email: elizabethlymerauthor@gmail.com

Facebook page

Instagram @elizabethlymer

Twitter @elizabethlymer

Islamic Nursery Rhymes blog

YouTube Channel

Wasi Daniju (Singing)

I worked with Elizabeth on Ramadan Rhymes, Hajj Harmonies, and Muslim Lullabies providing the voice for the rhymes.

I was born and brought up Muslim, and continue to practise and learn about Islam to the best of my ability. I first collaborated with Elizabeth in a different way, when we were both volunteers with Wisdom In Nature, an ecological justice group based on Islamic principles.

In November of last year, I graduated from a postgraduate diploma in person-centred counselling.  I now work with a charity as a therapist for refugee and asylum-seeking children.  I also take photographs – for fun, for photojournalism and on commission.

When not offering therapy or taking photographs, I enjoy reading, baking, listening to and making music, gardening and taking part in various forms of protest.

Wasi’s blog

Wasi’s photography site

Aisha Davies (Writing)

I collaborated with Elizabeth on During Ramadan, gave feedback on drafts of her rhymes and also suggested other traditional rhymes for her to work with.

I am a revert to Islam, a newbie homeschooler mother of two and active amongst the Muslim community. I have worked and volunteered for many large Islamic organisations such as Al Jumuah Magazine, iERA, MRDF and Islamic Network to name but a few, as I feel it is my duty to help the ummah in any way I am able.

I am passionate about art, learning and most importantly following the Qur’an and sunnah. I am a committed student of Sabeel and Al Kauthar. You can follow me and my children on our homeschool journey at www.IlmAdventures.com

Kim Reimann (Illustration; design)

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Sandy Quigley (Illustration)

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ATE

Not a contributor, but how my creative process took off …

ATE is Active Training and Education who provide imaginative Superweeks for children aged eight to 16.

I have been a monitor for ATE, and it was in this role that I first encountered facilitating children to learn, socialise and cooperate within a temporary community, through songs, games, and playful activities.

And it was on my first ATE Superweek that I first enjoyed the process of personalising songs by changing their words. A group of children changed ‘A Ford Escort’ (also known as the rhyme ‘A Big Red Bus’) into an action song about their monitors.

In the Hajj Harmonies collection, the above rhyme appears as, ‘A Long Full Coach’ and is one of my favourites, not least because of its creative beginnings with ATE.

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