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Anoosha Syed

Anoosha Syed is a Pakistani-Canadian freelance illustrator and character designer for animation. She has illustrated several books for children and recently wrote and illustrated a work for children

Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)

Lost Stick

New York: Viking Books for Young Readers, 2024.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Milo loves to make his owner Louise happy because she’s his favorite person in the world. While they’re strolling through the park one day, Louise picks a twig up off the ground and says to Milo, “This is Stick”. She throws Stick across the grass and Milo excitedly brings it back to her. Milo doesn’t know why they do this over and over again, but he knows that he can put a smile on her face by running after Stick. So, when Louise throws Stick a little too far, Milo is determined to go the distance too. 

Milo starts searching all over the neighborhood for Stick—while Louise simultaneously searches for Milo—but there’s one problem: all the sticks look the same! Which one is Louise’s stick? Milo sets out on a grand adventure for a little pup, and while his quest takes him all over the globe, he learns that home is where he really wants to be. Anoosha Syed stretches her storytelling talents with this hilarious and tender friendship story.

Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)

That’s Not My Name!

New York: Viking, 2022.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Mirha is so excited for her first day of school! She can’t wait to learn, play, and make new friends. But when her classmates mispronounce her name, she goes home wondering if she should find a new one. Maybe then she’d be able to find a monogrammed keychain at the gas station or order a hot chocolate at the cafe more easily.

Mama helps Mirha to see how special her name is, and she returns to school the next day determined to help her classmates say it correctly–even if it takes a hundred tries.

Awards and Honours

2023 Blue Spruce Award (Honour Book #1)


Anoosha Syed personal website

Publisher and distributor Penguin Random House Canada