Tanya Lee Stone

Tanya Lee Stone - Editor

Burlington, VT, USA

First I was an editor, then an author, and now I am both. With 30+ years experience in children's nonfiction, I am eager to help you shine.

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Overview

I have been in publishing since 1987, starting out as an editor and becoming an author after a move to Vermont a decade later. I have published more than 100 books for kids and teens, earned many awards and recognitions, and love being an author.

But I miss being an editor. Lately, some of the most gratifying and joyful days I've experienced in publishing have come from helping other writers discover their voices, stories, unique perspectives, and passions. Earning a living doing what you love is always a positive, and a big part of what I love doing is helping writers achieve the same for themselves.

The books you see below are from my writing days as they are more recent than my edited titles, which were largely published in the 90s. If you write nonfiction picture books, middle-grade, or YA, let's talk!
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children's - Non-fiction
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's - Picture Books
Young Adult & Teen

Awards

  • NAACP Image Award
  • ALA's Robert F. Sibert Medal
  • SCBWI's Golden Kite Award
  • The Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor
  • Jane Addams Children's Book Award
  • ALA's YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction (2)
  • Bank Street College's Flora Straus Stieglitz Straus Award
  • Parents Magazine Best Nonfiction Picture Book
  • Multiple state awards

Work experience

Editor, Nonfiction Books for Kids & Teens

Self-employed
June, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

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.

Adjunct Faculty

Champlain College
January, 2008 – Present (almost 12 years)

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.

Author

Self-employed
June, 1997 – Present (over 22 years)

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.

Managing Editor

Blackbirch Press
July, 1993 – July, 1996 (about 3 years)

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.

Editor, Production Editor, Consultant

Self-employed
June, 1989 – Present (over 30 years)

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.

Project Editor

Macmillan School Publishing
June, 1988 – Present (over 31 years)

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.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time

Tanya Lee Stone

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

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

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell (Christy Ottaviano Books)

Tanya Lee Stone

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

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

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards))

Tanya Lee Stone

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

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 Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote

Tanya Lee Stone

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

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

Sandy's Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder

Tanya Lee Stone

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

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

Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented

Tanya Lee Stone

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

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

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us

Tanya Lee Stone

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

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

Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers?: The Story of Ada Lovelace

Tanya Lee Stone

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

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

The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams

Tanya Lee Stone

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.

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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