Linda Stanek has a passion for writing, teaching, animals, and conservation. Her book, Once Upon an Elephant (Arbordale Publishing) won the 2017 Children’s Choice Book Award’s 3rd-4th grade Book of the Year. It was also a finalist in the Ohioana Book Awards, the Keystone to Reading Pennsylvania Book Awards, and was on the Delaware Diamonds State Reading list. Her book, Night Creepers (Arbordale Publishing), released in September 2017 (Arbordale Publishing), and Cheetah Dreams (Arbordale Publishing) will release in 2018. She is a co-author of the college textbook Cheetahs: Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes (Academic Press, 2017). Other books include Beco’s Big Year, A Baby Elephant Turns One (Columbus Zoo and Aquarium) and The Pig and Miss Prudence (Star Bright Books). She is the author of the grade-leveled, STEM correlated, comic book series, Sheeba and the Private Detectives, (AZ Corp, 2018-19).
In addition to publishing books, Linda has written book reviews and teaching guides for Junior Library Guild. She is a frequent visitor in schools, and has spoken at zoos and at conferences for museum personnel, librarians, teachers, writers and bloggers. She is a member the American Zoological Society (AZA) and maintains contact with AZA professionals who work in the areas of Ambassador Animals and Education.
In 2018, Linda will begin work with The Ohio State University and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on a scientific study to measure the educational impact of authors, literature, and ambassador animals in schools. She maintains a blog, The KidLit Conservationist, where she reviews books useful to those who teach conservation topics, and where she will share academic articles as her study moves forward.