Aya Khalil, M.Ed, is an award-winning author and freelance journalist. She holds a master’s degree in Education with a focus in teaching English as a second Language. Aya and her books have been featured in Oprah Daily, Teen Vogue, Yahoo!, Book Riot and USA Today. Her writing has been published in The Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Toledo Area Parent and many others. She currently teaches intercultural communication at the University of Toledo and subs at a local public school.

Aya is represented by the talented literary agent, Brent Taylor of Triada US Agency.  Her debut picture book THE ARABIC QUILT: AN IMMIGRANT STORY, published in February 2020 by Tilbury House & illustrated by Anait Semirdzhyan, has won numerous awards and honors. Her next upcoming picture book, THE NIGHT BEFORE EID: A MUSLIM FAMILY STORY, will be published in 2023 by Little, Brown/ Christy Ottaviano, about three generations of Egyptian-Americans bonding over a special Eid treat. It is illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh.

Aya is one of the co-founders of Kidlit in Color.

Besides writing and teaching, she enjoys hosting brunches, traveling and cycling (indoors and outdoors). She lives in Northwest Ohio with her family.