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. She’s been featured in Oprah Daily, Teen Vogue, Yahoo!, Book Riot and USA Today. Her work 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 occasionally subs at a local public school.

Aya is represented by Brent Taylor of Triada US Agency.  Her debut picture book THE ARABIC QUILT was published in February 2020 by Tilbury House & illustrated by Anait Semirdzhyan and has won numerous awards and honors. She’s also the co-founder of Kidlit in Color.

Her next upcoming picture book, THE NIGHT BEFORE EID, will be published in 2023 by Little, Brown/ Christy Ottaviano, about three generations of Egyptian-Americans bonding over a special Eid treat. It will be illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh.

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