Award-winning children’s author Sharon Draper spoke to about 650 fifth-graders on Tuesday about her book “Out of My Mind” at KSU’s Bradford Hall.  The energetic speaker  gave advice to the young readers about writing their own books in the future.

“Go into writing for the love, not the money,” Draper said. “Have a feeling inside and put it on paper.”
“Out of My Mind” was one of the featured books in the “One Book, One Frankfort” reading program at The Paul Sawyier Public Library. The program encourages  kids in the Franklin County area to read and discuss the same book.

Draper, who has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Awards. She is a New York Times bestselling author and is the 2015 recipient for the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime literary achievement.


Author Sharon Draper brings a young participant to the stage for a demonstration to entertain the crowd.


Sharon Draper talks to more than 650 students in Franklin County about reading and writing at Bradford Hall.