My friend Suhana is like no other girl I know….

She does not answer when I call her. She does not play tag or hopscotch with me, and she does not ride a bike. We have never had a play date.

Award-winning author and designer Shaila Abdullah teams up with her young daughter Aanyah Abdullah to bring you this heartwarming tale of a little girl who forms a close bond with a child with cerebral palsy. The girl finds that through her art, she can reach her special friend Suhana.




“My Friend Suhana is a delightful read for a children’s book. Very well illustrated with respect, friendship, and advocacy all in mind at the same time.”
-Dawn Cruzan, President, Camp Craig Allen for all abilities

“This is the story of a seven-year-old’s first attempt at unconditional love. Tough but tender, inspirational yet utterly real, this is a small gem of a tale. Highly recommended for anyone in the position of mentoring a beloved child through the hard places of life.”
–Paula Huston, author of A Season of Mystery and A Land Without Sin

“My Friend Suhana is a charming and perceptive book that will draw its readers into empathy while allowing them to enjoy this heartwarming story of two uncommon friends.”
–Chitra Divakaruni, author of Grandma and the Great Gourd



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Publisher: Loving Healing Press (Growing With Love Series)
ISBN 978-1-61599-211-9 PAPERBACK
ISBN 978-1-61599-212-6 HARDCOVER
ISBN 978-1-61599-210-2 EBOOK

About the Authors

Shaila Abdullah


Shaila Abdullah is an author and designer based in Austin, Texas. She has written two award-winning books titled Saffron Dreams and Beyond the Cayenne Wall. Her books have been adopted by various colleges and universities. In her free time, she loves to run around with her children–Aanyah and Aaliyana.
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Aanyah Abdullah


Aanyah Abdullah is a creative and compassionate girl who is drawn to children born with physical and mental disabilities. She volunteers at a special needs community center on occasion, and she dreams of establishing a special school for children with disabilities one day. Aanyah is known to always stand up for what is right and is–in her parents’ and teachers’ eyes––a perfect role model for her baby sister.

Whether or not she ever walks, I hope Suhana knows that I will always be the star dancing around her little kite.