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Tanya Stone

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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 Girl Rising, Almost Astronauts, The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie, and Courage Has No Color, and nonfiction picture books such as Elizabeth Leads the WaySandy'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. Forthcoming titles include Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly was Invented (Holt) and A Story of War, A Story of Peace (Candlewick). 

Tanya has a Facebook page and you can find her on Twitter. She teaches writing at Champlain College. 

Important Quotes About Tanya:

  • "When I was growing up, [Stone] would make me a milkshake every day when I got home from school. One day she stopped, and that's when I stopped coming home." - Jake Stone
  • "When I was growing up, [Stone] would play The Sound of Music for us and stop the movie before the Nazis came. To this day, I still don't know why the von Trapps would have ever left beautiful Austria to come to stinky old Vermont." - Jake Stone
  • "When I was growing up, [Stone] would make me climb to the top of the trees in our yard, just so I could fall down. She wanted me to learn what it meant to get back up again. It didn't work, and I have a very weak character." - Jake Stone
Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553511499
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Published: Ember - September 24th, 2019

"Powerful. . . . We love this book." GLAMOUR

"With delicacy and great empathy, Stone . . . prod[s] young readers to think of what better sort of girlhood is possible." THE WASHINGTON POST

Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented Cover Image
By Tanya Lee Stone, Steven Salerno (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781627791687
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - July 17th, 2018

Boldness, imagination, and ruthless competition combine in Tanya Lee Stone and Steven Salerno's Pass Go and Collect $200, a riveting picture book history of Monopoly, one of the world's most famous games.

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250183392
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Published: Square Fish - February 20th, 2018

A nonfiction picture book telling the inspiring story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor, by the author of Elizabeth Leads the Way.

Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers?: The Story of Ada Lovelace Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627792998
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - February 20th, 2018

A picture book biography of Ada Lovelace, the woman recognized today as history’s first computer programmer—she imagined them 100 years before they existed!

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us Cover Image
ISBN: 9780147516060
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Speak - July 7th, 2015

"Balanced, funny, provocative—and most of all, important for anyone wanting to un­derstand girlhood in America."—E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars 

The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams Cover Image
By Tanya Lee Stone, Kathryn Brown (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805090499
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - June 23rd, 2015

This is the story of Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, who transformed a poor neighborhood in Chicago by opening up her house as a community center.

This title has Common Core connections.

Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763665487
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick - October 8th, 2013

“An exceptionally well-researched, lovingly crafted, and important tribute to unsung American heroes.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)