Sharon M. Draper is an educator and writer. She is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award. She is also a New York Times bestselling author, with Out of My Mind staying on the list for almost two years. She has authored over 25 books for children, young adults, and educators. Her newest book, Stella by Starlight, has received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Publishers' Weekly.
She 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. In 2015 she was honored by the American Library Association as the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. For further information, please see her website: www.sharondraper.com