Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire, and was most recently awarded the Charlotte Huck Award for Stella by Starlight. Her Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and was a New York Times bestseller for over three years. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at

Books by this Author

November Blues
The Battle of Jericho
Just Another Hero
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I learned to dream through reading, learned to create dreams through writing, and learned to develop dreamers through teaching. I shall always be a dreamer. Come dream with me.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I want to be Oprah. I'd be great as a talk show personality.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. What a wonderful World sung by Louis Armstrong. The Rainbow Connection sung by Kermit the Frog. Sunshine on my Shoulders sung by John Denver. Bumpin by Wes Montgomery. Brown Baby sung by Oscar Brown, Jr. Lots of others.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My parents. And Barack Obama.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I'd like to be able to fly like a bird and swim like a fish, but I wouldn't want to BE either one of those.

Author Voices

December 16, 2008

I envy folks who have time to blog. I’m usually so far behind in answering emails or letters or even washing the dishes that to take the time to sit down and write about what’s going on in my world is a little daunting. But I shall try to be diligent and post something at least once in a while. Filling out all these questions for the website really forced me to think. What’s my greatest flaw? Gee, do I have to admit one? What is perfect happiness? Hmm, that’s one of those questions that forces a person to evaluate the very essence of life. Heavy. What are my favorite songs? I had to think about that one for awhile. What do I hum... see more