Diane Stanley

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

Diane Stanley
Stanley in 2002
Stanley in 2002
Born (1943-12-27) December 27, 1943 (age 76)
Abilene, Texas, USA
  • Writer
  • illustrator
  • graphic designer
SubjectMedical illustration

Life and workEdit

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 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. Many 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.


Biographies and HistoryEdit


Picture Books (as illustrator only):

  • The Farmer in the Dell (public domain)
  • Fiddle-I-Fee (public domain)
  • Half-a-Ball-of-Kenki (by Verna Aardema)
  • Little Mouse Nibbling (by Tony Johnston)
  • Petrosinella, a Neapolitan Rapunzel (by Giambattista Basile)
  • Onions, Onions (by Toni Hormann)
  • Sleeping Ugly (by Jane Yolen)
  • The Man Whose Name Was Not Thomas (by M. Jean Craig)
  • Robin of Bray (by Jean and Claudio Marzollo)
  • Beach Party (by Joanne Ryder)
  • Little Orphant Annie (by James Whitcomb Riley)
  • The Month-Brothers (by Samuel Marshak; translation by Thomas P. Whitney)
  • All Wet! All Wet! (by James Skofield)

Picture Books (as author only):

  • The Good Luck Pencil (illustrated by Bruce Degen)
  • Siegfried (illustrated by John Sandford)
  • Moe the Dog in Tropical Paradise (illustrated by Elise Primavera)
  • Woe is Moe (illustrated by Elise Primavera)
  • The Gentleman and the Kitchen Maid (illustrated by Dennis Nolan)
  • Saving Sweetness (illustrated by G. Brian Karas)
  • Raising Sweetness (illustrated by G. Brian Karas)
  • The Time-Traveling Twins: Roughing it on the Oregon Trail (illustrated by Holly Berry)
  • The Time-Traveling Twins: Joining the Boston Tea Party (illustrated by Holly Berry)
  • The Time-Traveling Twins: Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation (illustrated by Holly Berry)

Picture Books (as author and illustrator):

  • The Conversation Club
  • A Country Tale
  • Birdsong Lullaby
  • Captain-Whiz-Bang
  • Fortune
  • Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter
  • The Giant and the Beanstalk
  • Goldie and the Three Bears
  • The Trouble with Wishes


  • A Time Apart
  • The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine
  • The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy
  • Bella at Midnight
  • Saving Sky
  • The Silver Bowl
  • The Cup and the Crown
  • The Princess of Cortova
  • The Chosen Prince
  • Joplin, Wishing

Historical FictionEdit

  • Elena


  1. ^ a b "Diane Stanley: Extended Biography" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-22. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  2. ^ Bard of Avon: the story of William Shakespeare. Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 22346093.
  3. ^ Charles Dickens : the man who had great expectations. Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 24796509.
  4. ^ Cleopatra. Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 28674657.
  5. ^ Good Queen Bess: the story of Elizabeth I of England. Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 18983839.
  6. ^ Joan of Arc. Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 37917402.
  7. ^ Leonardo da Vinci. Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 32893772.
  8. ^ Michelangelo. Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 42733770.
  9. ^ Mozart, the wonder child: a puppet play in three acts. Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 213408549.
  10. ^ Peter the Great. Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 12216402.
  11. ^ Saladin : noble Prince of Islam. Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 46791021.
  12. ^ Shaka : king of the Zulus. Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 16830693.
  13. ^ The last princess : the story of Princess Kaʻiulani of Hawaiʻi. Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 20823772.

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