Fatima Sharafeddine, an award-winning author for children and young adults, grew up in Beirut during the civil war. In 1989, she received her B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education from the Lebanese American University. She earned Master’s degrees in Educational Theory and Practice and Modern Arabic Literature from Ohio State University.
After working as a children’s teacher and an Arabic teacher in the USA, she moved with her husband and two children to Brussels, Belgium, where she dedicated herself to writing for children and young adults, a passion that has lived with her since her teen years.
Sharafeddine has authored over 110 books, which have been translated in more than 14 languages. She is an active member of LIBBY, the Lebanon branch of IBBY.
Sharafeddine attends several book fairs during the year and also participates in a variety of conferences and author tours in Arab countries and in Europe. She offers creative writing workshops to aspiring authors interested in writing for children. In Lebanon, she conducts creative writing workshops with children, and participates in the Reading Week in spring. She also visits schools for readings and interviews, where she has the opportunity to meet her readers.
She currently lives between Brussels and Beirut.