Posted by annastan on May 3rd, 2016 | Comments Off on THE TRUTH GAME is out!

It’s the official publication date for THE TRUTH GAME, the fourth book in the Dirt Diary series!

truth game high res

You may recall that this series was supposed to be a trilogy, but when my editor asked if I had any interest in writing a fourth installment, I jumped at the chance. Rachel has been such a fun character to write about–all I do is think up new ways to embarrass her! And while I could probably keep messing up her life, I think I’m really done with her story this time. It’s been so much fun growing along with Rachel, and I hope people will enjoy reading about her as much as I’ve enjoyed writing about her.

If you’re in New England and want to help me celebrate the book’s release, I’ll be at Wellesley Books on May 15th and at An Unlikely Story on May 21st.

Upcoming Events

Posted by annastan on April 16th, 2016 | Comments Off on Upcoming Events

With the March release of FINDERS REAPERS and the upcoming May release of THE TRUTH GAME, it’s time for me to emerge from my writing cave and do some book events! Here’s where I’ll be in the coming weeks. I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 20th at 2pm

I’ll be at the Ames Free Library in Easton, Mass. reading from I’m With Cupid and sharing a sneak peek of The Truth Game, the fourth book in the Dirt Diary series. Snacks and crafts included! The reading will be at Queset House, 1st Floor Presentation Commons.

Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30

I’ll be giving two workshops (one on “Writing Tween” and one on “Emotional Heart in Picture Books) at this year’s New England SCBWI Conference in Springfield, Mass.

Saturday, May 14th at 11am

I’ll be at the Copley Branch of the Boston Public Library doing a presentation for teens on the process of writing a book series. More details coming soon!

Sunday, May 15th at 2pm

It’s a double launch party for Finder Reapers and The Truth Game at Wellesley Books in Wellesley, Mass. Come for readings, signings, snacks, and general merriment!

Saturday, May 21st at 3:30pm

I’ll be at An Unlikely Story (Jeff Kinney’s lovely new bookstore) in Plainville, Mass. reading from The Truth Game and leading some fun book-related games.


Posted by annastan on March 18th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

I’m so excited to share the cover of my upcoming book with Scholastic, ONCE UPON A CRUISE!


This was such a fun project to work on, and I can’t wait for it to release in September! Here’s a description from the publisher:

Ainsley never wanted to spend her summer on a fairy tale cruise — especially since, instead of lounging by the pool, she’s running around the ship doing favor after favor for her cruise director mom.

Things aren’t all bad — it’s good to see her mom acting confident again after the divorce, and she’s learning a lot about obscure German fairy tales and how to fold towels into entertaining shapes for little kids (um, yay?). There’s also a guy who’s super cute, even in a dorky dwarf costume — if only Ainsley could get Prince Handsome to stop babbling about himself long enough for her to say more than “hi” to the cute dwarf!

But once the cruise starts, things start to go wrong: The laundry turns pink, the kitchen runs out of food, the guy playing the Pig King is always in Ainsley’s hair, and her mom expects her to be in a hundred places all at once. Is this fairy tale cruise under a wicked curse? Or can Ainsley stand up for herself and make the cruise end happily ever after?

Also, here’s a fun interview on Writers’ Rumpus about my writing process of Finder Reapers (plus a giveaway of I’m With Cupid).

I’M WITH CUPID Book Trailer

Posted by annastan on March 4th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

As promised, here’s a fun little book trailer I made for I’M WITH CUPID. It was my first time using Powtoon. What do you think?

If you’re having trouble seeing the embedded video above, click HERE to watch it on YouTube.

FINDERS REAPERS has arrived!

Posted by annastan on March 1st, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Today’s the day! The sequel to I’m With Cupid, Finders Reapers, is officially out in the world and available wherever books are sold. My daughter highly recommends it. 🙂


Meanwhile, I’m furiously working away on the third book in the series and getting ready for the release of The Truth Game, coming May 3rd. I’ll have a few book events in the coming months to celebrate both books, so be on the lookout!

Speaking of events, I’m excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with my publisher, Sourcebooks, to offer FREE writing workshops via Skype for the rest of the school year. I normally do free 20-minute Q&A sessions for classes and clubs who’ve read one of my books, but right now you can also sign up for a one-hour “Creating a Character” workshop for your classroom! You can get more information at the Sourcebooks Virtual Visit page.

Finally, I’m putting the finishing touches on the official I’m With Cupid book trailer! I’ll be sending it out to my newsletter subscribers first, but I’ll be posting it here soon. Stay tuned!

What’s In Store for 2016

Posted by annastan on January 25th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of January, which means that 2016 is already zipping by! It’s shaping up to be a busy year. Here’s what’s in store in the next few month in terms of book events and release dates (and I’m working on adding more events soon).

Friday, February 19 at 1pm

Special Storytime with Josh Funk at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Mass.

What do you get when you mix bedtime and breakfast with robots and pancakes? Find out when debut picture book authors Anna Staniszewski (Power Down, Little Robot) and Josh Funk (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast) visit to read their books and share crafts. Book signings to follow. Event is free with Museum Admission. (Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at

Tuesday, March 1 

The official release date of FINDERS REAPERS, the sequel to I’M WITH CUPID!


Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30

I’ll be giving two workshops (one on “Writing Tween” and one on “Emotional Heart in Picture Books) at this year’s New England SCBWI Conference in Springfield, Mass.

Tuesday, May 3

The official release date for THE TRUTH GAME, the fourth book in the Dirt Diary series!

Truth Game Final Cover

2015 Wrap-Up

Posted by annastan on December 15th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

As we speed along toward 2016, I’ve been reflecting on 2015 and all I can say is: Wow, it’s been one eventful year! I had three books published, including my first picture book, I had a baby, I wrote/revised three new books, and I taught a semester-long writing class. Um, it probably goes without saying that I’m a little tired!

I haven’t been the best about answering emails or doing events or being social, and my reading time has been nearly at zero for the past several months. I still have final grading and a revision deadline hanging over my head, but I’m also determined to have a tiny bit of downtime after Christmas. I’ll need it since 2016 is promising to be another busy year!

See you in 2016!

Cover Reveal and Upcoming Events

Posted by annastan on November 14th, 2015 | Comments Off on Cover Reveal and Upcoming Events

I already shared this in my newsletter, but I wanted to put it here to make it official: Here’s the cover for The Truth Game, the fourth book in the Dirt Diary series, coming out in May. Yay!

Truth Game Final Cover

Also, I have a few events coming up in the next few weeks. If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you!

Saturday, November 21

Join me and twenty other authors for The Writers’ Loft’s 2nd annual Holiday Bazaar and Book Fair, to be held at An Unlikely Story in Plainville, Mass. from 1-4pm.

Sunday, November 29

Three other authors and I will be at the Festival of Trees in Easton, Mass, a fundraising event for the Easton Garden Club, taking place at the Easton Country Club from 2-5pm.

Saturday, December 5

I’ll be one of several authors signing books at the Framingham High School Holiday Marketplace in Framingham, Mass. from 1-3pm.

Cruising Into a New Book Deal!

Posted by annastan on October 16th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

I don’t think of myself as a terribly patient person, so it’s been killing me to sit on this news since January, but I can finally spill the beans that I’ve sold a new book to Scholastic! Here’s the official announcement from Publishers Weekly:

Erin Black at Scholastic Press has bought the middle-grade novel Once Upon a Cruise by Anna Staniszewski, about a 12-year-old girl who lands a summer job on a cruise, only to find her magical vacation quickly turning into a titanic mess. Publication is set for fall 2016; Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

Woohoo! This book has been such a fun project to work on. When you put a bunch of people in the middle of the ocean on a Disney Cruise knock-off, shenanigans must ensue, right?

Also, I’ll be doing some story times in the next few weeks. If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you!

Monday, October 19 at 10:30am at Books on the Square in Providence, RI

I’ll be reading Power Down, Little Robot and leading some robot crafts and activities. Come have your picture taken with a real-life Little Robot! (Bonus: I’ll be bringing BabyBot with me to the event, so if you want to pinch her robo-cheeks, here’s your chance.)

Saturday, October 24  at 11am at Wellesley Books in Wellesley, MA

It’s a multi-author storytime! I’ll be joining fellow authors Josh Funk, Nancy Tupper Ling, Jane McCormick Sutcliffe, and Ammi-Joan Paquette for a morning of picture book fun.

Book Awards and Cover Reveals

Posted by annastan on September 21st, 2015 | 2 Comments »

I feel like I’m always in the drafting/revising cave these days, but I had to peek out to share some great news. The Dirt Diary is one of 12 titles nominated for the 2017 Louisiana Readers’ Choice Award for grades 6-8! That means students in Louisiana will be reading the nominated books throughout the school year and then voting on a winner. I’m beyond honored to be nominated, especially since the other titles on the list are big-time books like The Crossover and Rain Reign.

In other news, I just sent in copyedits for Finders Reapers, the second book in the Switched at First Kiss series, which means it’s pretty much all done! I should be getting ARCs soon, and the book will be out in March. And since the cover popped up on Amazon and B&N, I guess it’s okay to share it.


And now I’m switching gears and working on The Truth Game, the fourth book in the Dirt Diary series, which will be out in May. Hopefully, I’ll have a cover to share for it soon!