I am re-donning my editorial hat while remaining an author. My specialty is nonfiction for kids and teens (picture books, middle-grade, and YA), both as an editor and an author. I edited 400+ children's nonfiction books when I was an in-house editor, and have written more than 100 as an author. I am passionate about nonfiction for younger and older readers and love helping writers shape their stories to reflect their own passions and perspectives.
I have been teaching undergraduates in the Professional Writing Program at Champlain College for 10 years. Classes include Creative Nonfiction, Publishing in the 21st Century, and a course I designed called Writing Children's Literature. Several of my students have gone on to successful careers in publishing.
I have been an author since 1997 and have published more than 100 books for children and teens. My specialty is nonfiction. I started out writing for the library market as a work-for-hire author (series nonfiction) and transitioned to writing for the trade several years later. As a trade author, I am driven by my passion for my topics, which tend to be true stories of extraordinary people who have been left out of our histories, such as women and people of color. My books have won many awards and my research practices are stringent. I take my work for children seriously and am dedicated to others who are interested in creating literature for children.
Managed all ongoing titles for children's nonfiction packager/publisher-approximately 80 titles per year. Conceived of, developed, and edited children's nonfiction books for publishers such as Millbrook Press, Lerner, 21st Century Books, Rosen Publishing, and Raintree Steck-Vaughn. Responsible for all start-up including contracts and budgets; handled all stages of editorial development-author assignment, manuscript evaluation, substantive editing and copyediting, photographic selection, caption writing; supervised in-house editors and network of out-of-house editors and writers. Also responsible for developing new packaging clients, creating ideas for new book series, and writing proposals. Specialized in developing science and social studies titles.
Including but not limited to: Open Doors project for Scholastic. Functioned as sole editor through all manuscript stages and sole production editor through all design & production stages.
Reading program for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Publishing. Edited 8th grade Reading TE; assisted project writers, coordinated materials.
Edited literature program for Scholastic; assisted project writers; coordinated materials.
Wrote and edited 6th grade social studies ancillary for Silver Burdett social studies program.
Created document and presentation topics for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill social studies and language arts programs that included skills development, multicultural issues, racial and gender distribution, learner verifications, and curriculum objectives.
Compiled social studies, language arts, science, math, music, and reading skills themes for Millbrook Press to correlate with trade materials for marketing purposes.
Managed 1st edition World Around Us social studies textbook ancillaries from manuscript through bound book; handled concept development; edited & coordinated 13 skills books and ancillaries per level-totaling 91 components; managed outside development companies; was Production Editor through all production stages; worked with design & production departments; directed two Editorial Assistants.
A gorgeous, full-color oversized book about educating girls across the world inspired by the documentary that Entertainment Weekly says “every mother, sister, daughter, should see, as well as the men who love and support them.” This is the right book for the present moment and perfect for fans of inspirational nonfiction such as I Am Malala and anyone who believes that one girl can change the ... read more
In the 1830s, when a brave and curious girl named Elizabeth Blackwell was growing up, women were supposed to be wives and mothers. Some women could be teachers or seamstresses, but career options were few. Certainly no women were doctors. But Elizabeth refused to accept the common beliefs that women weren't smart enough to be doctors, or that they were too weak for such hard work. And she woul... read more
Winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal They had the right stuff. They defied the prejudices of the time. And they blazed a trail for generations of women to follow.What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape -- any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: ... read more
Elizabeth Cady Stanton stood up and fought for what she believed in. From an early age, she knew that women were not given rights equal to men. But rather than accept her lesser status, Elizabeth went to college and later gathered other like-minded women to challenge the right to vote.Here is the inspiring story of an extraordinary woman who changed America forever because she wouldn't take "n... read more
As a boy, Alexander ?Sandy? Calder was always fiddling with odds and ends, making objects for friends. When he got older and became an artist, his fiddling led him to create wire sculptures. One day, Sandy made a lion. Next came a lion cage. Before he knew it, he had an entire circus and was traveling between Paris and New York performing a brand-new kind of art for amazed audiences. This is t... read more
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.In the late 1800s lived Lizzie Magie, a clever and charismatic woman with a strong sense of justice. Waves of urban migration drew Lizzie’s attention to rising financial inequality. One day sh... read more
During her unparalleled fifty-year history, Barbie has been the doll that some people love-and some people love to hate. There's no question she's influenced generations, but to what end? Acclaimed nonfiction author Tanya Lee Stone takes an unbiased look at how Barbie became the icon that she is, and at the impact that she's had on our culture (and vice versa). Featuring passionate anecdotes a... read more
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!In the early nineteenth century lived Ada Byron: a young girl with a wild and wonderful imagination. The daughter of internationally acclaimed poet Lord Byron, Ada was tutored in science and mathematics from a very early age. But Ada’s imag... read more
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.
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