“A good book ought to bring out lots of different responses from those that read it - none of them pre-planned, and all of them very personal. Whatever they take away from the reading of the book is valuable.“ – Sharon Draper
Born on this date in 1948, Draper is not only an award-winning writer but also the 1997 National Teacher of the Year, a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for books about the African-American experience, and winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award from American Library Association for her body of work that has made a "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.”
Best known for the Hazelwood and Jericho series and for her historical novel Copper Sun, she also is an accomplished public speaker who addresses educational and literary groups of all ages, both nationally and internationally, discussing literature, reading and education.
A native of Cleveland, OH, she studied at Pepperdine University in California and now makes her home in Cincinnati, where she maintains her membership in the National Council of Teachers of English and is the mother of 12 children.
“I learned to dream through reading, learned to create dreams through writing, and learned to develop dreamers through teaching,” she said. “I shall always be a dreamer.”
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