Tanya Lee Stone | Important Children’s Books
April 25, 2008
Tanya Lee Stone was our guest on the show today. She is a well-known author, and writes books for children that all have great importance in theme… Her newest book is a biography of Ella Fitzgerald (commemorating Ella Fitzgerald’s birthday on this date), and she has two new books coming out in the next year.More information from Tanya Lee Stone’s money:
Like many writers, Tanya Lee Stone has been making up stories since she was a kid. But her first series, Henry the Happy House, was never sold. She even drew the pictures. It’s a mystery why nobody wanted to publish it! As a high schooler, Tanya went to performing arts high school as a music major. Her writing improved when she studied English at Oberlin College (and Music at Oberlin Conservatory. She might even sing if you offer her chocolate.). After graduation she moved to New York to be an editor.Stone was an editor for 13 years. During some of those years, she also earned a Masters Degree in Education and learned all about seals and sea lions! (If you ask, she might tell you about the time she had to climb into a harbor seal tank with high rubber boots to give the seals their shots). She also traveled all over the world, hopping with kangaroos in Australia, eating the best caviar ever in Russia, and even living in England for awhile where she studied British literature. When Stone moved to Vermont and got her chance to write her first book, she got hooked on stories all over again. This award-winning author has written nearly 90 books for young readers. She has written books about animals, nature, science, history, and biography. She also writes poetry and fiction. Best-selling titles include Abraham Lincoln (more than 100,000 copies sold) and P is for Passover (more than 75,000 sold). Stone’s most recent titles are a young adult novel, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl (Wendy Lamb/Random House), Amelia Earhart (DK), and Up Close: Ella Fitzgerald (Viking). Bad Boy was her first novel for teens and received starred reviews, as well as honors from the New York Public Library, Texas Tayshas State Reading List, School Library Journal, the ALA, Maryland Best Books, and the Kentucky Bluegrass Master Award List. Stone also writes articles and reviews and has been published in VOYA, School Library Journal, and the New York Times.Forthcoming titles include picture books Elizabeth Leads the Way (Holt) and Sandy’s Circus (Viking), as well as Almost Astronauts: The True Story of the Mercury 13. Many of the stories she now finds herself drawn to deal with themes of strong women and empowering girls. Stone is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Authors Guild, PEN American Center, ALAN (The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents), and the National Council Against Censorship. She has been a featured speaker at the Texas Book Festival, the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Rochester Book Festival, the Connecticut Reading Association, the Vermont League of Writers, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the International Reading Association (IRA), the American Library Association (ALA), as well as multiple schools and libraries. She is the Co-director of Kindling Words, an annual retreat for published children’s book authors and illustrators.