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Diane Stanley


Diane Stanley

Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of more than fifty books for children, noted especially for her series of picture book biographies. Shaka, King of the Zulus was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Leonardo da Vinci received the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction from the National Council for Teachers of English. Ten of her books have been honored as “Notable Books” by the American Library Association and she has twice received both the Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Golden Kite Award. She was the recipient of the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for Nonfiction for the body of her work. Illustrations from Petrosinella were shown at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

In addition to her nonfiction titles, Diane has written and illustrated numerous picture books, including The Giant and the Beanstalk and Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter, as well as novels for older readers, such as Saving Sky, Bella at Midnight, and The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine.

Diane was born in Abilene, Texas. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and her M. A. in medical and biological illustration from Johns Hopkins University College of Medicine. She has worked as a medical illustrator, a graphic designer for Dell Publishing, and an art director at G. P. Putnam’s Sons, winning three design awards from the New York Book Show.

She lives in Santa Fe, NM with her husband, Peter Vennema, who sometimes collaborates with her on the research for her biographies. She has three grown children, Catherine, Tamara, and John.

Diane Stanley

Books by Diane Stanley

by Diane Stanley - Fiction, Friendship
While cleaning out her reclusive grandfather’s house, Joplin discovers pieces of a broken platter in a cookie tin. After having the platter repaired, Joplin wishes that she could both find a friend at school, and befriend the girl pictured in the platter. The next day, Joplin befriends a boy named Barrett, and also notices a girl outside her apartment. A girl who looks remarkably like the girl in the platter…
Written by Diane Stanley with illustrations by Jessie Hartland. - Biography, Children's 4-8, Science
Two hundred years ago, a daughter was born to the famous poet, Lord Byron, and his mathematical wife, Annabella. A hundred years before the dawn of the digital age, Ada Lovelace envisioned the computer-driven world we know today. And in demonstrating how the machine would be coded, she wrote the first computer program. 
by Diane Stanley - Adventure, Children's, Fantasy, Fiction, Juvenile Fiction

Molly and Tobias accompany King Alaric to Cortova, where he hopes to form an alliance that would be sealed by Alaric’s marriage to Gonzalo’s daughter, the beautiful Princess Elizabetta. As the days pass, Alaric, Molly, and Tobias find themselves trapped in a suspenseful game of courtly intrigue. 

by Diane Stanley - Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Master storyteller Diane Stanley returns to the intriguing world of The Silver Bowl to tell Molly's latest exciting adventure. The Cup and the Crown will be enjoyed by fans of Molly and by readers who are meeting this spirited heroine for the first time.