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Farida Zaman

Farida Zaman is a Toronto-based illustrator and artist. Zaman specialized in illustration and design when she attended art school in London at the Chelsea School of Art and Wimbledon School of Art. Her South Asian family lived in many countries when she was growing up. In 2018, her non-fiction recipe book The Artful Smoothie: 30 Illustrated Smoothie Recipes was published using the CreateSpace publishing platform. Zaman recently began collaborating with her daughter, writer Layla Ahmad.

Fiction (Juvenile, Board book)

I Want to Be…: A Gutsy Girls’ ABC

Toronto: Second Story Press, 2020.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

An alphabet of possibilities for when you grow up—fun, unusual, and a bit quirky!

Some jobs immediately sound fun—Candy Maker anyone?! And some jobs sound exciting—Oceanographer, Sportscaster, Aerialist! And some jobs—Kite Designer, Wind Farmer, Party Planner—sound so wonderful it’s hard to believe that they exist! Babies and toddlers will follow along with this ABC as it explores some of the amazing, and often unusual, jobs that people do. Each fun letter is complemented by an illustration of a girl filled with delight and wonder as she shows us how we can be, quite literally, anything we want to be.


Farida Zaman personal website

Publisher Second Story Press