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 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. 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).
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
"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
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.
A nonfiction picture book telling the inspiring story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor, by the author of Elizabeth Leads the Way.
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!
"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
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.
“An exceptionally well-researched, lovingly crafted, and important tribute to unsung American heroes.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)