Stanley writes and illustrates a prize-winning series of picture-book biographies, bringing to life historical figures such as Peter the Great, Joan of Arc, Leonardo da Vinci and Cleopatra.
Stanley credits her mother, Fay Stanley, for inspiring her creativity as a child. Her mother read books to her and took her to the theater and art galleries. The two of them even created books together.
“All this mother-daughter writing speaks to the enormous part that Fay played in my life, and especially in my development as a writer and illustrator,” Stanley says.
During her visit, Stanley is also meeting with faculty and staff and presenting a story hour at Xavier’s Montessori Lab School. She is also viewing work by Xavier art students and selecting one piece to be the first work in the Art in the Library Collection.
Stanley is the winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the 2000 Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for the body of her work.