Sharon Robinson is the educational consultant for Major League Baseball. She manages Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life a baseball-themed national character education curriculum that helps empower students to face obstacles in their lives. The program includes a national essay contest for students in grades 4-9 and throughout MLB's RBI program. Each year, thousands of students write an essay about how they used the values demonstrated by Jackie Robinson to overcome their challenges. Essay winners are celebrated in their schools and in Major League ballparks. Since 1997, the program has reached over 22 million students and 2.9 million educators.
Ms. Robinson is also the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction. She has written several widely praised books about her father, baseball legend Jackie Robinson, including Jackie's Nine: Jackie Robinson's Values to Live By, Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America, Jackie Robinson: American Hero (children's biography), and picture books Testing the Ice, illustrated by Kadir Nelson and Jackie's Gift: A True Story of Christmas, Hanukkah, illustrated by EB Lewis. Sharon's other books include novels: Safe at Home and Slam Dunk! In January 2014, Under The Same Sun, illustrated by AG Ford, will be published by Scholastic.
Prior to joining MLB, Sharon had a 20-year career as a nurse-midwife and educator. She taught in such prestigious universities as: Yale, Columbia, Howard, and Georgetown and is Vice Chairman of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Ms. Robinson received her Bachelor's degree from Howard University and Master's from Columbia. She went on to earn a post-Master's Certificate in Teaching from the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and received honorary doctorates from: Medaille College, Dowling College, and Monmouth College. Sharon lives in Sarasota, Florida and New York City.
PRAISE FOR SHARON ROBINSON
*"Here she clearly, often eloquently, gauges the enormous impact Jackie Robinson had on so many lives as father, husband, athlete, and crusader for justice and equality."
---Publishers Weekly, starred review of Promises to Keep
"Her private view of her father's accomplishments, placed within the context of American sports and social history, makes for absorbing reading."
---Booklist, starred review of Promises to Keep
"Regardless of their interest in baseball, readers will identify these youngsters and appreciate the simple story."
---School Library Journal on Safe at Home
"This thoughtful book belongs in the hands of as many young teens as possible."
---Voice of Youth Advocates on Jackie's Nine
"Because of the author's careful delineation of the restraint Robinson needed to maintain his composure, children will understand and have empathy for this player who was yelled at from the stands yet persevered and played on with determination, becoming an American hero."
---School Library Journal on Jackie Robinson: American Hero