Fatima Sharafeddine

Fatima Sharafeddine 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.

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.