Dr. Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a multi-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award and is a New York Times bestselling author. Sharon M. Draper was selected as Ohio’s Outstanding High School Language Arts Educator, Ohio Teacher of the Year and was chosen as a NCNW Excellence in Teaching Award winner. She is a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winner, and was the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence for the Taft Museum. Ms. Draper is a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement and is the recipient of the Dean’s Award from Howard University School of Education, the Pepperdine University Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Marva Collins Education Excellence Award and the Governor’s Educational Leadership Award. In 2009 Sharon M. Draper received the Doctor of Laws Degree from Pepperdine University. Ms. Sharon M. Draper has been honored at the White House six times and was chosen as one of only four authors in the country to speak at the National Book Festival Gala in Washington, D.C and to represent the United States in Moscow at their Book Festival. Her book Copper Sun was selected by the US State Department and the International Reading Association as the United States novel for the international reading project called Reading Across Continents. Students in the US, Nigeria, and Ghana read the book and shared ideas.
Her books have received numerous literary awards, including the American Library Association Coretta Scott King Award, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Best of the Best, The Parent’s Choice Award, the Children’s Choice Award, the IRA Young Adult Choice Award, the Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and many others.
Dr. Draper travels extensively and has been a guest on television and radio programs throughout the country, discussing issues of literature, reading, and education. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.