Sharon Draper wanted be a teacher since childhood.
She attended Pepperdine University as a National Merit Scholar and majored in English.
She taught junior & senior high school English in Cincinnati, Ohio.
She also wrote the children’s book series “Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs”.
Ms. Draper was voted the 1997 Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic Inc.
Author's Book Awards
A Quote from the Author
“I was an avid reader. I read every single book in the elementary school library.
All of them.
I did not plan to be a writer until much, much later. I tell students all the time that in order to be a good writer it is necessary first to be a good reader.
You need some information in your head.
Reading is input.
Writing is output.
You can't write without input."