Roda Ahmed is a New York Times bestselling publisher and author of the beloved children’s book Mae Among the Stars, that’s now in its 24th printing. Roda is the founder and CEO of HighTree Publishing, a boutique publishing house with a focus on publishing diverse children’s books. She has authored more than twelve books for children and continues to help authors and illustrators make their publishing dreams come true. Roda was born in Somalia and grew up in Norway. She can speak five languages: Somali, Arabic, Norwegian, English, and French. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.