All About Adolescent Literacy

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A video interview with

Tanya Lee Stone

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Tanya Lee Stone began making up stories when she was a kid. She studied English at Oberlin College and after graduation became a children's book editor in New York City. When Stone moved to Vermont and got her chance to write her first book, she re-discovered her love of stories.

Stone has written nearly 100 books about animals, nature, science, history, and biography. She also writes poetry and fiction. Some of her most popular books are Abraham Lincoln, P is for Passover, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, Elizabeth Leads the Way, and Sandy's Circus. Her latest book, Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream has won many awards, including the 2010 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book of the year. Many of the stories she writes now deal with themes of strong women and empowering girls.

Stone serves on a number of literature-related committees and makes appearances around the country at book festivals, schools, and libraries. She is the co-director of Kindling Words, an annual retreat for published children's book authors and illustrators. She also writes articles and reviews and has been published in VOYA, School Library Journal, and the New York Times.

Selected Books

from Tanya Lee Stone

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl

Age Level: 14-16

Three different girls share stories of their run-ins with the same boy. The book's frank treatment of sexuality will have immense appeal to teen girls.

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Amelia Earhart

Age Level: 9-12

Amelia Earhart was a fiesty 11-year-old when she saw her first air show. Little did she know that a passing fancy for airplanes would develop into a full-throttled passion. As a committed social worker, feminist and record-breaking female pilot, Amelia's disappearance while flying over the South Pacific remains one of our greatest mysteries.

Buy Amelia Earhart

Abraham Lincoln

Age Level: 9-12

Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the United States, led the nation through its darkest hour — the Civil War. Find out about Lincoln's childhood on a frontier farm, how a struggling small town lawyer became president, and why he is one of America's most revered and beloved leaders.

Buy Abraham Lincoln

Up Close: Ella Fitzgerald

Age Level: Teen

Her career began at a time when female musicians weren't taken seriously and many music venues were segregated. Performing constantly led to distant relationships with friends and family, but Fitzgerald's passion was pleasing her fans. A runaway teen, Fitzgerald lived on the streets of Harlem, and if not for her last-minute decision to sing at an amateur night contest in 1934, the world may never have known the First Lady of Song.

Buy Up Close: Ella Fitzgerald

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

Age Level: 9-12

1961. Nearly two decades before Sally Ride — there was Jerrie Cobb. Cobb was one of the top female pilots in the country and completed all the astronaut testing the Mercury 7 men did. She excelled at all the tests. Proved she had the Right Stuff. Twelve other female pilots followed her, passing the tests they took with flying colors. When they were told there was no room for women in the space program, they took they're cause to Congress.

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A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl

Age Level: 14-16

Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva are three very different girls who all meet the same bad boy with an irresistible knack for getting into their blood and under their skin. Will the choices they make and the paths they take lead them where they want to go?

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

Age Level: 12-14

Barbie just might be the most famous doll in the world. She's represented fifty different nationalities. She's stepped into the always-fashionable shoes of more than one hundred careers. She has been played with, studied, celebrated, and vilified for more than fifty years. And she has unquestionably influenced generations of girls — whether that influence has been positive or negative depends on who you ask.

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

Laura Ingalls Wilder (DK biography series)

Age Level: 9-12

As in others in the series, lucid text combines with period photographs to present an overview of the life of the woman of Little House on the Prairie fame.

Buy Laura Ingalls Wilder (DK biography series)

Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time

Age Level: Teen

Tanya Lee Stone deftly uses new research to illuminate the dramatic facts behind the 2013 film of the same name, focusing both on the girls captured on camera and many others. She examines barriers to education in depth—early child marriage and childbearing, slavery, sexual trafficking, gender discrimination, and poverty—and shows how removing these barriers means not only a better life for girls, but safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities.

Buy Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time