Linda Stanek writes grade-leveled comic/graphic novel scripts, picture books, and chapter books, often incorporating nonfiction elements into them. Her book, Once Upon an Elephant (Arbordale Publishing) won the 2017 Children’s Choice Book Award’s 3rd-4th grade Book of the Year, and made it onto several state lists. She authors a STEM-correlated comic book series “Sheeba and the Private Detectives” (AZ Corp Entertainment) which is published in Pakistan. Her picture books Night Creepers and Cheetah Dreams (both from Arbordale Publishing), released in 2017 and 2018. She co-authored a college textbook Cheetahs: Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes (Academic Press, 2017). Linda’s other books include Beco’s Big Year, A Baby Elephant Turns One (Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 2010) and The Pig and Miss Prudence (Star Bright Books, 2008).
In addition to writing books and comics, Linda has written book reviews and teaching guides for Junior Library Guild. She is a frequent visitor in schools, and has spoken in several states at conferences for teachers, librarians, book bloggers, and museum personnel, as well as at zoos. Linda has a degree in Early and Middle Childhood Education from the Ohio State University and is a member of the American Zoological Society where she connects with AZA professionals who work in the areas of Ambassador Animals and Education.
In 2019, Linda begins work with The Ohio State University and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on a scientific study to measure the educational impact of authors, their books, and ambassador animals in schools. She is passionate about writing, teaching, animals, and conservation.