Rebecca Stefoff CV-2021


Writer and Adapter

More than 200 original nonfiction books published by Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, St. Martin’s, NAL, Oxford University Press, Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, Lerner, Enslow, and more. Most MG or YA.

Extensive experience adapting nonfiction bestsellers for YA, MG, and children. Publication list and reviews at

How to Change Everything, written with Naomi Klein and based on her writings on on climate and social justice, will be published in February 2021 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Recent projects include Freedom Summer for Young People (Seven Stories Press), Darwin’s On the Origin of Species: Young Readers Edition (ABfYR), and Lies My Teachers Told Me: Young Readers Edition (The New Press).

Other Nonfiction Adaptations for Young Readers

1493: From Columbus’s Voyage to Globalization. (based on Charles C. Mann’s 1493), 2016

The Third Chimpanzee for Young People, based on Jared Diamond’s The Third Chimpanzee (Seven Stories Press, 2014)

Before Columbus (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009), based on Charles C. Mann’s 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus; Junior Library Guild selection

A Young People’s History of the United States (Seven Stories Press, 2007, two volumes; 2009, one volume), based on Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States;publisher’s all-time backlist bestseller


M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

B.A., Honors, English, Indiana University, Fort Wayne

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