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. Stephanie decided on a bilingual English-Spanish focus for her company's titles for a variety of reasons: she grew up overseas learning several languages (she currently speaks five), holds a degree in languages and linguistics, initially wanted to become a secondary school teacher (she acquired a teaching certificate in Spanish which she taught in Washington DC and Maryland for several years), and traveled extensively throughout the Latino and Spanish-speaking countries as a freelance photojournalist for international publications. In addition, Spanish remains one of the most popular foreign languages in school and in the United States.
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.
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 healthy lifestyles. With this in mind, the company 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, and thus give them the best possible start in life. This was followed by two innovative children's alphabet picture books in English and Spanish for ages three and up: One on nutrition, Healthy Foods from A to Z/ Comida sana de la A a la Z, which includes amusing and expressive food-face photographs of a variety of healthy foods in both languages, as well as a glossary of 70 superfood facts for parents; the other on fitness called Keeping Fit from A to Z/ Mantente en forma de la A a la Z, designed to inspire children to be healthy by being active. This title (published in September 2014) presents children and their families with more than 200 colorful and engaging photographs (with bilingual descriptive text) of a variety of physical activities and sports. It also features children's games, problem-solving classroom exercises involving movement, and a number of fun facts about the health benefits of exercise.
At Moonstone Press LLC, we take a TEAM approach for research and development of all titles. Please click on Meet Our Team for additional team information on participants who have contributed their expertise to our various projects.