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Tanya Lee Stone was an English major at Oberlin College and earned a master's degree in education from Southern Connecticut State University. After 13 years as an editor, she moved to Vermont and returned to writing. She has written more than 90 books for young readers and is the recipient of such prestigious awards as the American Library Association's Sibert Medal (for best children's nonfiction book of the year), the Golden Kite Award, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Bank Street Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, NCTE Orbis Pictus Award, and more.
Her titles include a young adult poetry novel about teen love and sex, "A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl" (Random House) and picture book biographies "Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote" (Henry Holt) and "Sandy's Circus" (Viking). She also has written long-form narrative, nonfiction books that include "Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream" (Candlewick 2009), about women who excelled at astronaut testing in 1961 but were not allowed into the space program because of their gender, and "The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us" (Viking, 2010), which examines the history of the Barbie doll and girl culture in America.
Stone is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Authors Guild, PEN American Center, the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) and the National Council Against Censorship. She has been a featured speaker for the SCBWI, the Texas Book Festival, the Vermont League of Writers, the National Council of Teachers of English, the International Reading Association, the American Library Association, and multiple schools and libraries. To learn more about her books, please visit www.tanyastone.com.