When she became a mother, Amanda Stone Norton started to pay attention to children’s books. In her search to find the perfect book for her daughter, she only found frustration. Exasperated by the lack of female protagonists who weren’t ‘grossed-out’ by nature, Amanda decided to write a book that could inspire her daughter to love science. And that’s how her first book, Muddy Madeleine Meets an Arach-A-Doo, came into existence.
After seventeen years in education, Amanda Stone Norton re-invented herself and joined the literary world as a writer and editor, forming Tri-Pebble Literary Services, LLC.
Amanda’s first children’s book, MUDDY MADELEINE MEETS AN ARACH-A-DOO, was released November 2014 by Progressive Rising Phoenix Press. She is currently working on the second book in the Muddy Madeleine series, with a projected publication date of Fall 2015. Amanda enjoys visiting schools and libraries to facilitate workshops promoting science and literature in a multicultural environment.
In addition to writing children’s books and presenting workshops, she writes and edits organizational newsletters, industry reports, blogs and academic articles. She also edits books for other authors. Two of the books she has edited are scheduled for release this summer
Amanda earned academic degrees in Communication (BA) from Furman University, Educational Administration (MA) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Higher Education with an emphasis in Multicultural Education (PhD) from the University of Denver.
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Amanda now lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, Matthew, and her daughter, Madeleine Stone. When she’s not playing outdoors with her family or working on her latest writing project, Amanda volunteers as the Executive Chair of the Children in Nature Network-North Texas, part of a global grassroots network to connect children to nature.