Donna Gephart


Donna Gephart

September 2015

Award-winning Children’s Author & Speaker

Donna Gephart describes herself as a “professional nerd” and traces her career back to her love of libraries and reading as a child.  Ms. Gephart’s first influential writing experience occurred when she was about nine years old and “bored out of her skull.”  It was then that she decided to write her first short story called, “Happy-Go-Lucky,” about a horse who died.  Even though it was a sad story, her mom really liked it (as moms do) and that is when she decided to become a writer.  In high school, she wrote for her school newspaper and her local newspaper.  After graduation from Penn State, she began working as a writer and editor. She has written four books for children:  Death by Toilet Paper, How to Survive Middle School, Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen,  and As If Being 12 3/4 Isn’t Bad Enough, My Mom is Running for President.

Her books have been widely recognized and awarded.  Death by Toilet Paper won the Sydney Taylor Honor Award, the Nerdy Book Club Award and was a Cybils Award Finalist.  As If Being 12 3/4 Isn’t Bad Enough, My Mom is Running for President won the presitgious Sid Fleischman Humor Award.

Ms. Gephart is originally from Philadelphia, but now calls south Florida home with her family and two shelter dogs.

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