Rossiti Aishah Rashidi is a homemaker, mother of five, writer and environmental advocate. She is actively involved in various environmental associations and organisations as a volunteer as well as a committee member. Her first picture book was Manja the Orang Utan. This was followed by Puteri Tioman, the Green Turtle, which was selected for the International Board of Books for Young People Honours List 2014. Siti the Elephant is her third book. She lives in Selangor with her husband and children.
1. Tell us something about yourself that no one knows.
I like to make my own bed. It's a very personal thing. Even in hotels I make my own bed. I feel it's embarrassing to leave a messy bed.
2. What makes you laugh?
My cats at home make me laugh a lot. They're so funny and so easy to love. We don't own cats, cats own us because we do everything for them, and that is funny!
3. What inspires you?
The Quran, people and my surroundings inspire me. There are so much we don't know and that makes this world so mysterious.
4. Why do you think children should read?
Children should read because there's just so much to know about this beautiful world and all of its people. Books can bring the mystery of this world and universe which are sometimes wild and dangerous into the comfort and safe environment of our homes and schools. Then only we understand what's lies around us and how all of us are connected to all lives and creations.
5. Draw or doodle your favourite animal.