Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen (Tanzania 1989–90) is winner of the Peace Corps Writers’ Award for Best Children’s Writing for her book A Small Brown Dog with a Wet Pink Nose published in 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and illustrated by Linzie Hunter.
She is author of many highly acclaimed books for young readers, including the young adult novel The Compound, as well as the Elizabeti’s Doll picture book series, which was inspired by her Peace Corps experience in Tanzania. Stephanie lives in Oregon with her husband, also an RPCV, and their two daughters.
Donna Cardon of the Provo City Library, UT writes in the School Library Journal: Amelia wants a dog. When her persistent requests are repeatedly denied, she begins to pretend that she has a dog named “Bones,” and gradually her mother and father go along with the game. Then, when her pet “gets lost,” there is nothing for them to do but help Amelia find him. The search leads to an animal shelter and a real Bones to take home. The final spread, “Amelia’s Guide to Getting Your First Dog,” dispels any doubt that the child’s actions were deliberate. Amelia is an endearing character, and Hunter’s portrayal of her perfectly matches Stuve-Bodeen’s text. The digitally enhanced, cheery pictures are airy and use simple shapes and colors. The almost comic-book format takes the eye quickly from one part of the page to another, leading readers through the story. This title is a good choice for a one-on-one read-aloud or for children to enjoy on their own.”
Stephanie, receives a special citation and a cash award from Peace Corps Writers - a blog of Peace Corps Worldwide. Our congratulations to all the winners, and all the RPCVs who published books in 2010.