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April 28th, 2015

"A moving portrayal of empathy and innovation in action," Tanya Lee Stone's newest picture book, The House that Jane Built, illustrated by Kathryn Brown received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

February 17th, 2015

Thrilled that Courage Has No Color Won the 2014 NAACP Image Award!

3 New Picture Books Coming

Tanya Lee Stone has THREE more picture books in the works, all to be published with Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano Books. First Up: Don't Collect $200 (the true story of who invented Monopoly), The Countess & The Computer, and Remembering Rosalind. 

August 31st, 2014

Tanya Lee Stone is now writing a YA adaptation of the GIRL RISING film for Wendy Lamb Books/Random House. Out in 2016, the YA book will expand on the content from the film, which is about why there are 65 million girls around the world not being educated, and how changing that reality can change the world we live in. 

June 10th, 2014

Pennsylvania has chosen Courage Has No Color as one of their 12 titles for the Keystone to Reading Book Award List. 

April 16th, 2014

The ALA just came out with their annual tabulation of the Top Ten Books that have received the most challenges and banning attempts for the year 2013. To my shock, my YA novel, A BAD BOY CAN BE GOOD FOR A GIRL, was #6!

March 9th, 2014

The Maine Chicadee Book Award chooses 10 books that all the kids will read and then vote on their favorite next spring. One of those 10 books is my Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? So happy the Maine kiddos will be reading about Elizabeth Blackwell and hope to visit some of their schools!

March 3rd, 2014

This week Courage Has No Color took home the win for the NAACP's Image Award for Outstanding Literature for Youth/Teens!

January 10th, 2014

NAACP Image Award Finalist!

Courage Has No Color has been named a NAACP Image Award Nominee in Literature!

January 2nd, 2014

Booklist Editor's Choice!

Courage Has No Color has been named to the 2013 Booklist Editor's Choice List!

December 6th, 2013

Thrilled and honored to report that COURAGE HAS NO COLOR is on the Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2013 list AND has been chosen as one of five finalists for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award!

November 15th, 2013

Kirkus Best Books 2013!

Courage Has No Color has been chosen for the Kirkus Best Books of 2013 list!
Parents Magazine has named Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? the BEST Nonfiction Picture Book of 2013!
Courage Has No Color has been selected as a Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2013!

September 19th, 2013

If you want to read it on INK, click here. Otherwise, read on:

I might have been born reading. I was that kid struggling to walk while carrying a tower of books out of the library like so much firewood, stacked in my outstretched arms so high I had to peer around the side to see where I was going. The kid under the blanket with the flashlight, thinking I was putting one over on my parents who were, in actuality, too smart to stop a kid from reading past her bedtime. The kid under a tree, bike propped against its trunk, book bag on the ground with well-worn titles tumbling out, waiting to be re-read. The girl who spent many after-school hours with her mother in the library, as she happened to be the elementary school librarian.

Images of book covers are fixed in my mind’s eye, a slide show of exciting childhood companions. If I was living inside M.T. Anderson’s FEED, perhaps I could output a retinal scan of those cover memories and attach them here to show you, but alas, I cannot, nor did a World Cat search produce satisfying results. A lot of those books were fiction. But more of them were not. Not fiction. Otherwise known as nonfiction, even though that label never made intuitive sense to me as a kid, and still doesn’t.

They were books about the Jamestown flood, the Donner party, elephant hunting in Africa, and the chemistry of a lemon. Some of those books—such as THE LAST FREE BIRD—were written by my father, an education professor who also authored a bunch of children’s science books in the 60s and 70s. I don’t recall that as being something I was particularly impressed with; rather it was a matter of fact. One of thethings he did. And by extension, something that was simply possible for a person to do.

When you grow up around books and by extension, discussions of books, you becomea literary person. When you are asked to bring alast free bord new word to the dinner table, or a topic to the breakfast table—and both of those meals are had together with conversation, you become a literary person. I didn’t conceptualize any of that as life changing. But it most certainly was.

June 11th, 2013

I've just been told that Courage Has No Color was named a Parent's Choice Recommendation! 

June 5th, 2013

Just got word that Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? made Booklist's Top 10 Youth Biographies List. Check it out!

May 31st, 2013

Los Angeles librarian Mara Alpert talks about Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? on NPR's Morning Edition today!

May 24th, 2013

NYT interview with Billy Joel. Many here will relate to this: "I love having written, but I hate writing. So then I go through postpartum depression, and it’s: “Ugh, I gotta start all over again? Where am I going to get the” — what do you call it? Sitzfleisch?"

May 17th, 2013

Look for my story, Gravy and Mashed, in the YA performing arts anthology Starry Eyed, this Fall!
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