Fatima Sharafeddine, the writer who has collected several awards and honors, 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 and young adults. Over the last 12 years, she has written and published more than 120 books, and translated several others from English and French into Arabic. She works with the publishers Kalimat (UAE), Dar al-Saqi (Lebanon), Asala (Lebanon), Dar al-Shourouk (Egypt), Turning Point (Lebanon) and Mijade (Belgium), Lamsa (UAE), Academia International (Lebanon). Several of Fatima’s books have been translated to various European languages, namely French, English, Turkish, Finish, Dutch, Irish, German, Swedish, Slovenian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, and Danish. Fatima is an active member of LIBBY (IBBY Lebanon branch). She attends several book fairs and Literature festivals in Europe and the Arab world through the year. She was invited in the last few years to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Bahrain, Amman, Damascus, Doha, and Beirut to give writing workshops to starting writers interested in children’s literature. She often conducts creative writing workshops with children, and participates 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.

 


2016

1. New Horizons Award at Bologna Book Fair for "Tongue Twisters".
2. Nomination, Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
3. Long listed for the Sheikh Zayed Award for “The red maple leaf”.


2015
1. One of the best 5 young adult books for 2015 by National TV Chanel in Norway, “Faten” (in Norwegian)
2. Short listed for Etisalat Award for “Sumsum in mom’s tummy”.

 

2014
1. Bologn Ragazzi Mention for “Do not open this book”
2. Best Book Award at Cairo Book Fair for “Abgad Hawaz”.
3. Feminist Literature Reading List Amelia Bloomer for “The Servant”
4. Short listed for Etisalat Award for “The man who made the cherry trees blossom”.


2013
1. Best Book Award at Beirut Book Fair for “My brothers are special”.
2. Arab Thought Foundation Award ARABIC 21 for “Tamer’s special world”.
3. Arab Thought Foundation Award ARABIC 21, Honor listing for the books: “The little girl who wanted” and “Our neighbor Joujou”.
4. Long listed for the Sheikh Zayed Award for “Whose are the olives”
5. Best Book Award at the Sharjah Book Fair for “My book got bored”.
6. Short listed for the Marsh Award for Translation, for the translation of “My own special way”.
7. Short listed for Etisalat Award for “Ghadi and Rawan”.


2012
1. Arab Thought Foundation Award ARABIC 21 for “Grandpa’s Donkey”.
2. Arab Thought Foundation Award ARABIC 21, Honor listing for: “From..To”, “Who am I?”, “The shortest haircut”, and “Grandpa.”
3. Short listed for Etisalat Award, 2012, for “A strong wind blew”.


2011
1. Anna Lindh Regional ‘Reading Here, There, and Everywhere’ Award for “The book of Laughter and Crying”.
2. Nomination, Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

 

2010
1. Best Book Award at Beirut Book Fair, for the young adult book “Faten”.
2. Honor list of Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation, for “Aunt Zayyoun and the Olive tree”.
3. Best Book Award of the IBBY Lebanon (International Book Board for the Young) and Beirut World Book Capital (Ministry of culture) for “My Skirt”.
4. Honor list, IBBY 2010 for best translation into Arabic “I am not sleepy and I will not go to bed (Lauren Child)
5. Appreciation of the Jury of Assabil Ngo, Lebanon May 2010 for “Strange feeling”.
6. Nominated for the Astrid Lindgren memorial award


2009
Honor list of Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for “There is war in my city”.

 

2007
Best Book Award from the ‘National Committee of the Lebanese Child’ for “Mountain rooster”.


1996
Graduating Quarter Scholarship, Ohio State University, Summer 1996.

1990
Graduation with distinction, Lebanese American University.

1987-1990
University scholarship for high performance, Lebanese American University,

Creative Writing Workshop, Takween for creative writing, Kuwait, October 2016

Workshops and Reading sessions, Spring of Culture 2016 Community, Bahrain, April 2016

Workshops and Panel discussions, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Dubai, UAE, March 2016.

Panel discussions, Abu Dhabi Book Fair, LAF, Abu Dhabi, UAE, May 2015.

Author Tour, Istanbul Tanpınar Edebiyat Festival (ITEF), May 2015

Three-day intensive writing workshop with children with learning difficulties, Fista Center, Rashmouna, Lebanon, April 2015

Bologna Book Fair, March 2015.

Readings, Passa Porta Festival, Brussels, Belgium, March 2015

Presentation, Multicultural Library of Norway, Oslo, Feb 2015

Author Tour and workshop, Qatar Academy, Doha, Qatar, Nov 2014.

Keynote speaker at Asian Festival of Children’s Content, Singapore, June 2014.

Author Tour, Istanbul Tanpınar Edebiyat Festival (ITEF), May 2014.

Bologna Book Fair, March 2014.

Workshop and Presentation, TARA Conference, Bahrain, March 2014.

Author Tour, Interational Library of Stockholm, Sweden, November 2013.

Writing Workshop, Blumsberry Qatar, Doha, Qatar, October 2013.

Panel discussions, Children’s Literature Conference, UAEBBY, Sharjah UAE, April 2013.

Literary exchange conference, LAF, Malta, April 2013.

Author Tour, Al-Bayan Libraries, Bahrain, March 2013.

Author presentation and workshop trainer IASL (Intern’l Assoc. Of school Librarians) conference, Doha, Qatar, Nov 2012.

Author presentation and Translation workshop LAF conference, Cairo, Egypt September 2012.

Bologna Book Fair, March 2012.

Author Tour, Bataille Des Livres, Switzerland, January 2012.

Author Tour, Sweden, International Library of Stockholm, November 2011.

Presentation and panel discussions, Book Fair, LAF, Prague, Czech Republic, May 2011.

Abu Dhabi Book Fair presentation, LAF, Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 2011.

Conference presentation, European Writers’ Parliament, LAF, Istanbul, Turkey November 2010.

Workshop leader, Graphic novels for Young adults, LAF, September 2010.

Workshop leader, Graphic novels for Young adults, LAF (Literature Across Frontiers), Cairo, Egypt, June 2010.

Writing Workshop, Iqraa association, Beirut, Lebanon, September 2009.

Writing Workshop, Anna Lindh Foundation, Damascus, Syria, September 2009.

Writing Workshop, Anna Lindh Foundation, Amman, Jordan, July 2009.

Workshops and Panel discussions, Dubai Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Dubai, UAE, March 2009

Writing Workshop, Kalimat, February 2009.

Children’s writing workshop, Goethe Institute, Bakleen, Lebanon, November 2006.

 

Writer, Translator, and Editor of Children’s and Young Adults’ Books, 2001 to present.

Staff Writer, Kalimat Publishing and Distribution, March 2007 to present.

Trainer for writers (preparation and implementation of workshops).

Trainer for children (preparation and implementation of workshops).

Teacher of Arabic language and culture, Center for the study of languages: levels 1 to 4, Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1999 to 2001.

Teacher of Arabic Language Continuing Studies Department, Rice University, Houston, Texas 1997 to 1999.

Child Care Center: Preschool Lead Teacher, 1997 to 1999.

Nagam Cultural Project (Houston based nonprofit Arab cultural organization): Project Manager, November 1996 March 1997.

Al-Jadid Magazine (Arab culture and literature magazine): Contributing Editor, 1995 to 1998.

Ohio State University: Graduate teaching Associate of Arabic Language, 1993-1996

Institute of Women Studies in the Arab World at Lebanese American University: Research Assistant, 1990.

English Learning Laboratory at Lebanese American University, Instructor of English as a second language, 1986 to 1988.