Diane Stanley

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Diane Stanley
Diane portrait at 300.jpg
Stanley in 2002
Born December 27, 1943
Abilene, Texas, USA
Occupation Writer, illustrator, graphic designer
Nationality American
Genre Children's books, fantasy
Subject Medical illustration

Diane Stanley (born December 27, 1943)[1] is an American children's author and illustrator.

Life and work[edit]

Stanley was born in Abilene, Texas.[1] She earned her bachelor's degree from Trinity University and her M. A. in medical 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 for G. P. Putnam's Sons, winning three design awards from the New York Book Show.

Stanley is the author and/or illustrator of fifty books for children, noted especially for her series of twelve picture book biographies. Shaka, King of the Zulus was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and 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 American Library Association Notable Books and she has twice received both the Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Society of Children's Book Writers' Golden Kite Award. She was the recipient of the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for the body of her work.

She has three grown children and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, Peter Vennema, who sometimes collaborates with her on research for her biographies.


Biographies and History[edit]


  • Bella at Midnight
  • Birdsong Lullaby
  • Captain Whiz-Bang
  • The Conversation Club
  • A Country Tale
  • Elena
  • Fortune
  • The Gentleman and the Kitchen Maid
  • The Giant and the Beanstalk
  • Goldie and the Three Bears
  • The Good Luck Pencil
  • Moe the Dog in Tropical Paradise
  • The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy
  • The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine
  • Petrosinella, a Neapolitan Rapunzel
  • Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter
  • Saving Sweetness
  • Raising Sweetness
  • Siegfried
  • Sleeping Ugly
  • A Time Apart
  • The Trouble with Wishes
  • Woe is Moe
  • The Silver Bowl

Historical fiction: Elena


  1. ^ a b "Diane Stanley: Extended Biography" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-11-25. 

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