Children's Book Author & Illustrator Diane Stanley to Speak at Xavier University

Topic: Leonardo is not a Ninja Turtle | February 10, 2005

Award winning children’s book author and illustrator Diane Stanley will speak at Xavier University on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Kelley Auditorium in Alter Hall on the University campus. This event is free and open to the public. Her presentation is titled “Leonardo is not a Ninja Turtle”.

Stanley has written and illustrated a prize-winning series of picture-book biographies and has brought to life such historical figures 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 recalls.

During her visit, Stanley will also meet with faculty and staff and present a story hour at Xavier’s Montessori Lab School. She will also view work by Xavier art students and select one piece to be the first work in the Art in 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.

For more information please contact Betty Porter, McDonald Library, 513-745-4830.