Authors birthdays: August

Sharon Mills Draper (born August 21, 1948) is an American children’s writer and a professional educator, the 1997 National Teacher of the Year. She is a six-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for books about the African-American experience. She may be known best for the Hazelwood and Jericho series and for her historical novel Copper Sun. Other books include Double Dutch, Out of My Mind and Romiette and Julio.

Draper won the Margaret A. Edwards Award from American Library Association in 2015. The annual award recognizes one writer and a particular body of work for “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature”. The judges cited six novels that were published from 1994 to 2007: Tears of a Tiger, Forged by Fire, and Darkness Before Dawn (the Hazelwood trilogy) The Battle of Jericho, November Blues, and Copper Sun.

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Fire from the Rock has been selected by the NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Committee as a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People for 2008 and is honored on the 2008 New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age.

We Beat the Street is listed on the New York Times Bestseller List and is on VOYA’s Non-Fiction Honor List for 2006 and is honored on the 2006 New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age.

Copper Sun received the 2007 Coretta Scott King Award, was named as one of the Top Ten Historical Fiction Books for Youth by Booklist was nominated for the 2007 NAACP Image Award for Literature, and received the Ohioana Award for Young Adult Literature. Copper Sun is also a CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book, received the Heartland Award for Excellence in YA Literature, was named as an IRA Notable Book for a Global Society and was named as Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal.Copper Sun is also listed on the New York Times Bestseller List.

November Blues received the 2008 Coretta Scott King Award and is honored on the 2008 New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age.

Sassy: Little Sister Is Not My Name! received the 2009 Parents Choice Award.

  • Hélène Kaziende –  15 August 15, 1967
  • Gérard Aké Loba – 15 August 1927 – died 3 August 2012
  • Wallace Henry Thurman – 16 August 1902–died 1934
  • Samuel Alfred Beadle – 17 August 1857 –died 1932
  • Charlotte Louise Bridges Forten Grimké – 17 August 1837 –died 23 July 1914
  • Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr. – 17 August 1887 – died 10 June 1940
  • Mwatabu S. Okantah – 18 August 1952
  • Mat Johnson – 19 August 1970
  • Albert Lincoln “Al” Roker Jr.  – 20 August 1954
  • Sharon Mills Draper – 21 August 1948
  • Yambo Ouologuem – 22 August 22, 1940
  • Tchicaya U Tam’si – 25 August 1931 – died 22 April 1988
  • Sherley Anne Williams – 25 August 1944 – died 6 July 1999
  • Thando Mgqolozana – 27 August 1983
  • William Modisane – 28 August 1923— died 1 March 1986
  • Rita Frances Dove – 28 August 1952
  • Carlene Hatcher Polite – 28 August 1932 –died 7 December 2009
  • Barry Streek – 30 August 1948 – died 21 July 2006#
  • Lorenzo Thomas – 31 August 1944 –died 4 July 2005
  • Elvania Namukwaya Zirimu – 31 August 1938 – died 31 October 1979
  • Leroy Eldridge Cleaver – 31 August 1935 – died 1 May 1998
  • Falaba Issa Traoré – 1930 – died 8 August 2003
  • Sibusiso Nyembezi 1919- died 2000
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