Joanie Stone was born and raised in Virginia, where she still lives today with her husband and young daughter. She spends her days painting in her light filled studio in the country, surrounded by nature. She has a love for all things vintage, especially children’s book illustration, advertising and fashion from long ago. She uses her background in traditional hand drawn animation to bring life and movement to her characters and fills her images with textures reminiscent of children’s books from the past. She hopes her images will inspire kids to pick up a pencil and create their own worlds through stories and art.
Awards / Honors
- 2022 Booklist from Rise: A Feminist Book Project- Secrets of the Sea
- 2022 Bank Street College Best Children’s Books – Secrets of the Sea
- 2021 Junior Library Guild Selection- Secrets of the Sea