Moonstone Press LLC, a small press in Sarasota, Florida, was established in 2001 by international photojournalist and book producer Stephanie Maze to publish high-quality photography-based books in English and Spanish for children ages 2-14 and adults. As a professional photographer for newspapers, magazines, and books worldwide for more than 30 years, Stephanie envisioned her company’s books to be primarily photo-driven. The bilingual focus of Moonstone Press LLC resulted from Stephanie having grown up overseas speaking several languages (she currently speaks five), a degree in languages and linguistics, an initial desire to become a secondary school teacher (she has a teaching certificate in Spanish), and the fact that Spanish remains one of the most popular foreign languages in school.
Stephanie launched her company as project editor of an early-childhood animal series of eight titles in both languages, titled Moments in the Wild/ Momentos en el reino animal that, over the past decade, has enjoyed critical acclaim by parents and educators alike and earned numerous non-fiction children’s book awards. The concept behind the series was not only to inspire young children to respect wildlife and the environment by looking at images taken by the world’s best wildlife photographers, but especially to show children that animals and humans have a lot in common.
More recently in 2011 — and as part of a new focus on nutrition and health due to the alarming statistics on youth obesity — Moonstone Press LLC made a commitment to publishing, among others, books that will help motivate families and their children to adopt healthful, nutritional lifestyles. With this in mind, Moonstone Press LLC released an adult bilingual title in English and Spanish in association with the California Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program of Monterey County called Breastfeeding Around the World/ Amamantar alrededor del mundo, designed to encourage women to breastfeed their babies, giving them the best possible start in life. This has been followed by an innovative children’s title in English and Spanish for ages three and up that focuses on nutrition, Healthy Foods from A to Z/ Comida sana de la A a la Z, to be published in September 2012. The book combines amusing and expressive food-face photographs of a variety of healthy foods in both languages, challenges children with interesting activities for the home or classroom, and presents parents with a wealth of information about superfoods.
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