Tanya Lee Stone

Tanya Lee Stone


Tanya Lee Stone is best known for telling little-known or unknown stories of women and people of color. She writes MG/YA narrative nonfiction such as Almost Astronauts, The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie, and Courage Has No Color, and nonfiction picture books such as Elizabeth Leads the Way, Sandy’s Circus, Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? and The House that Jane Built. Her work has been recognized by the NAACP Image Award, Robert F. Sibert Medal, Golden Kite Award, Bank Street Flora Straus Steiglitz Award, Jane Addams Honor, YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, NPR Best Books, and NCTE Orbis Pictus Honors. She is also the author of the YA verse novel, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, which was a Top Ten Banned Book.

Stone grew up in a house of books. She studied English at Oberlin College (and Music at Oberlin Conservatory.). After graduation she moved to New York, and was  an editor of children’s nonfiction for many years. During some of those years, she also earned a Masters Degree. But when she got her chance to write her first book, she was hooked. This award-winning author has written more than 100 books for young readers including her latest Girl Rising (Wendy Lamb/Random House). Forthcoming titles include The Countess and the Computer (Holt), Do Not Collect $200: The True Story about How the World’s Favorite Game was Invented (Holt) and A Story of War, A Story of Peace (Candlewick).

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