Our Story

Who We Are

Awetisome Life is the brainchild of Zainab Ahmad and her daughter Mariam who lives with high functioning autism, chronic fatigue syndrome and POTS. Supported by volunteers they are building a range of products and services that include inclusive books, Let’s Play Letters bilingual games featuring Braille and BSL and an online video based learning platform, Totally Tubular, for all young learners.

Zainab is a seasoned teacher and children’s writer, who has worked with kids for more than 10 years as a Language Arts school teacher, creative writing workshop conductor and grief counsellor.

She is currently authoring a series of inclusive picture books with Oxford University Press that have been nominated in the Best Children’s Fiction Category at the UBL Literary Awards 2020.


Inclusion Ambassador

Zainab is also an Inclusion Ambassador for Inclusive Minds providing editorial consultancy to publishers to ensure their picture and YA books feature authentic representations of disabilities, impairments, race, religion, ethnicity and culture. She has worked with Firefly Press, Hachette Children, Child’s Play, Storymakers Press, Penguin Random House and Macmillan Books. (I can send links to the books if we need?)

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For Every Child

We believe in breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes to ensure that every child can access and enjoy great books that are representative of our diverse society. Every child should be able to find themselves in books, so mainstream books need to represent every child.