Naseem Hrab

Naseem Hrab is a writer, storyteller, lover of comedy and former library worker who now works in children’s publishing in Toronto, Ontario. Naseem means spring breeze in Farsi and Hrab is Ukrainian for hornbeam tree. Listen to Naseem tell these meanings in her own voice.

Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)

Ira Crumb Feels the Feelings

Illustrated by Josh Holinaty
Toronto: Owlkids Books, 2018. (forthcoming Oct 2018)

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Ira and Malcolm are best friends: they always make each other laugh, always eat lunch together, and always play together. But one day, a disagreement about whether to play tag or hide-and-seek sees the suddenly über-popular Malcolm run off with a crowd of tag-loving kids—and Ira all alone.

Ira’s tummy hurts, his chin is wibbling, and his eyes are leaking. What’s happening?! Any efforts to cheer him up fall flat. When Malcolm finally returns and asks what’s wrong, Ira tells him: “I had all these feelings…and I didn’t have you.”

The second Ira Crumb book marks the return of an endearing character full of personality, humor, and heart. With lots of laughs and comics-style storytelling, it’s a funny, touching look at how feelings can be confusing, and how processing emotions can take time—and a bit of help from a pretty good friend.

Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)

Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend

Illustrated by Josh Holinaty
Toronto: Owlkids Books, 2017.

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Meet Ira Crumb. He’s the new kid in town. He knows what that means: when the new school year starts, he’ll play alone at recess, eat alone at lunch, and walk home alone at the end of the day. So Ira launches a whole-hearted campaign to befriend neighborhood kids before the first day. But his best-laid plans — A sandwich stand! A dance-off! — fall flat, and playing it cool doesn’t seem to work either.

Just as Ira decides school will be HORRIBLE, a comical misunderstanding connects him with Malcolm, who was the new kid last year and totally gets it — and who, it turns out, will make a pretty good friend.

Full of comedic touches, comics-style storytelling, and a diverse cast of quirky characters, this hilarious debut picture book puts an endearing spin on the anxiety that accompanies change and making friends.


Naseem Hrab personal website

Publisher Owlkids