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Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Marjorie Weinman was born on November 12, 1928 in Portland, Maine. She graduated from Westbrook Junior College in 1948, and married Mitchell Sharmat in 1957. She worked in the Yale University Library and began raising two sons before publishing her first children s book in 1967. In addition to publishing over one hundred books, Ms. Sharmat has contributed to magazines, newspapers and textbooks.

Encouraged by her parents, Ms. Sharmat's interest in writing developed at an early age. When she began writing for children, she found inspiration in her own experiences and those of her family members, especially her two sons, Andrew and Craig. Eventually, Ms. Sharmat collaborated with her husband and each of her sons. Andrew was lead author for the Kids on the Bus series and Craig co-wrote Nate the Great and the Musical Note. Mitchell Sharmat frequently provided his wife's books with a crucial phrase or idea before starting his own literary career. In addition to writing several children's books by himself, he has also collaborated occasionally with his wife. They co-wrote the Olivia Sharp, Agent for Secrets series. Mitchell Sharmat is also an investor. Marjorie Sharmat has won numerous awards for her writing. Several of her books have been adapted into films, films for television, and stage productions.