Stacy Tornio

Stacy Tornio – Editor

Author of 15+ books. Seasoned journalist/editor with years of media experience. Specialize in nonfiction, content marketing, and education.


Stacy has a degree in Journalism/Mass Communications, and she has written more than 15 books. She has written in multiple genres, including travel, animals, outdoors, gardening, nature, parenting, and other nonfiction topics. She also writes children's books, especially easy readers and picture books. Stacy has worked with top publishers like Globe Pequot Press, Skyhorse Publishing, Roost, Simon & Schuster, The Princeton Review, and more. She has also worked in magazine and online publishing for companies like Reader's Digest, WeAreTeachers, Prevention, Mother Nature Network, Mother Earth Living, and more.

Over the years, Stacy advised many other writers, helping them to find their voice and create non-fiction proposals and book concepts to send out to agents and editors. She even created her own online course for how to write a nonfiction proposal. In addition, Stacy is well-versed in the value of building an online presence and platform, which she has done with her own website and brand.

You'll like working with Stacy if you appreciate a direct approach. She will tell you like it is and give you as much information as possible so you can go to the next step to figure out what works for you. She will often give you multiple scenarios or options because she believes there are lots of different ways to go about a project.

Stacy has been working with a literary agent for several years, and she really understands the ins and outs of publishing.
Children’s Non-Fiction Education & Reference Home & Garden Nature Parenting & Families Writing & Publishing
Middle Grade Picture Books
English (US)
  • National Outdoor Book Awards Winner
  • Master Gardener
  • Master Naturalist

Work experience

Let Grow

Dec, 2019 — Present

I lead content at the nonprofit, Let Grow. At Let Grow, we believe when adults step back, kids step up. Every month, I lead the way to produce educational content, articles, videos, and more.


May, 2015 — Present

• Produces, writes, and leads video strategy at, including how-to, edujournalism, explainer, and Live events; millions of views each month
• Manages freelance talent to plan and create engaging, SEO-focused content for the website; 5 million unique visitors each month
• Creative lead for content marketing initiatives for national clients like PepsiCo, The Nature Conservancy, Elmer's, and more
• Works across all social platforms and with influencers to promote both editorial and client articles/ads/videos/etc.
• Leads strategy and brand planning for video.

Reader's Digest / Birds & Blooms

May, 2005 — May, 2015 (about 10 years)

• Led overall direction of a national magazine with more than 1 million subscribers
• Served as the brand manager for all editorial, marketing, and PR efforts
• Created products for print, online, books, iPhone apps, online education, video, and more
• Partnered with both local and national non-profits to promote birding and gardening
• Responsible for more than $8 million in revenue each year
• Spoke at conferences and events about environmental topics on behalf of the brand
• Recruited new writers, gardening advocates and professionals to grow the brand
• Developed creative ideas and methods to run a major brand with a small staff


When Henry's homerun ball lands in Creepy Cathy's yard, he and his buddy Andy go after it, despite their friends' warnings that they might not come back out. The boys search through Cathy's animal garden, discovering that things aren't always what they seem. I... read more
Ranger Rick: Butterflies brings the world of caterpillars and butterflies to life with eye-catching photos and captivating information about these remarkable insects. Learn how butterflies begin their lives as caterpillars and, through an astounding metamorpho... read more
This book brings the underwater world of sharks to life with eye-catching photos and captivating information about these mysterious and unusual aquatic hunters. Readers will learn how sharks live and hunt under the sea, and they'll get a close-up look at the v... read more
The family that gardens together, grows together!In this beautiful, project-by-project guide, mom and master gardener Stacy Tornio will inspire gardeners young and old to explore, innovate, and cultivate through simple projects that will get a garden growing a... read more
Honorable Mention of the 2013 National Outdoor Book Awards. Nature is a destination, but you don't have to travel anywhere to find it. Just open the door and step outside. A fun, hands on approach to getting involved in nature, The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book... read more
Does moss only grow on the north side of a tree? Is the North Star really the brightest star? Will a mother bird abandon its baby if you put it back in its nest? Will toads really give you warts? The Truth About Nature answers all of these questions and more. ... read more
Bird Brainiacs is an interactive high-engagement journal for kids 8 - 13 who love birds―one that puts control of the experience in their hands. Throughout the pages, kids are encouraged to write, draw, and give their opinions about anything and everything rela... read more
Following the success of Plants You Can’t Kill, Tornio now takes a look at those plants that can actually kill you if you’re not careful. This book will offer up information to gardening enthusiasts of all levels about common plants that are toxic, poisonous, ... read more
"I kill everything I plant."Does this sound like you or someone you know? Give yourself a pat on the back because admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery. And lucky for you, you can easily turn your brown thumb into a green one with the help... read more
Be an adventurous kid! Conquer a rock wall, go ziplining, create a geocache at your favorite nature hangout, camp without a tent. Most importantly, get your hands dirty. 101 Outdoor Adventures to Have Before You Grow Up offers up season-by-season activities, g... read more

Stacy has 3 reviews





Rick G.

Rick G.

Jan, 2023

Stacy was prompt to respond, kind in her criticism, and spot on in her feedback.
Natasha M.

Natasha M.

Aug, 2020

Stacey was great to work with and provided me sound feedback. I would work with her again.
Stacy T.
Thanks Natasha! Best of luck to you in your writing.
Melissa P.

Melissa P.

Jul, 2020

Stacy was very kind and helpful. She gave me good feedback and went the extra mile to help me know the next step as well.

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