Fatima Sharafeddine ( فاطمة شرف الدين) was born in 1966 in Beirut, Lebanon, and spent the first six years of her childhood in Sierra Leon, in West Africa. Three years after she returned with her family to live in her native country, the Lebanese civil war started. She spent the next 15 years of her life moving between cities, houses, and schools, always trying to find refuge in the safest area.
In 1989, she received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from the Lebanese American University. A year later, she got married and moved to the USA where she received a Master’s degree in Educational Theory and Practice (1993) and a Master’s degree in Modern Arabic Literature (1996), both from Ohio State University.
She moved to Houston, Texas in 1996, where she worked for two years as a lead teacher with children aged 3 to 6. At a later stage, she taught Arabic Language and Culture classes at Rice University.
In 2001, she moved with her husband and two children to Brussels, Belgium.
She is currently fully dedicated to writing for children.Her target readers are children from 0 to 9 years old; however, she just finished her first young adult book. Over the last 5 years, she has written and published more than 45 books, and translated several others from English and French into Arabic. Her three regular publishers are ASALA (Lebanon), KALIMAT (UAE), and MIJADE (Belgium).
Several of Fatima’s books have been translated to various European languages.
In March of 2007, she won the National Committee of the Lebanese Child Award of best book of year 2007 for her book “Mountain rooster”, and in February 2009, her book “There is war in my city” was chosen to be on the honor list of the Anna Lindh Foundation. In 2010 she was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and in May of the same year won the prize of IBBY-Lebanon and Beirut World Book Capital for best book published in the last three years in Lebanon, for her book “My skirt”. In May 2010, also, her book “Strange feeling”, got the Appreciation of the Jury of Assabil Ngo, Lebanon.
Fatima is an active member of the Society for Children Book Writers and Illustrators, Brussels branch. She also attends several book fairs during the year, mainly the Bologna book fair, the Frankfurt book fair, and Beirut book fair.
Recently, she was invited to Amman, Damascus, and Beirut to give writing workshops to young writers interested in children’s literature.
She often visits Lebanon to conduct creative writing workshops with children, and to participate in the Reading Week in spring and in the Book Festival in summer, which gives her the opportunity to visit various areas in Lebanon and have firsthand contact with her readers.
(From Fatima Sharafeddine Official Website)
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