Karim Shamsi-Basha

Karim Shamsi-Basha

Irene has written many children's books, including Can I Touch Your Hair? co-written with Charles Waters (Rock the Boat, 2019), Leaving Gee's Bend (2011 ALA Children's Book of the Year) and Meet Miss Fancy. Irene lives in Birmingham, Alabama. Karim immigrated to the United States in 1984 from Damascus, Syria. His blog, Arab in Alabama, is on the Huffington Post. He has written and photographed extensively for print and online including People, Time and Southern Living. This is his children's debut.