Patricia Murphy

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General Information

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Name: Patricia Murphy

Pen Name: Patricia J. Murphy

Born: 1966 in Chicago, Illinois





Illinois Connection

Murphy lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Patricia Murphy is an award-winning children’s writer, author and poet. She is also a communications and marketing consultant, copywriter, and founder/​ chief creative officer of Pattycake Productions, a creative services agency.

She is the author of over 150 children's books, hundreds of magazine articles and a growing list of scripts for children's television.

In addition to writing full-time, she viits schools and libraries and offers a variety of writing workshops to isnprire and motivate young readers/writers. In the Speaking Engagments section, you will find a small sampling of her hands-on, interactive workshops.

Published Works

  • Back and Forth, Children's Press, 2002
  • Denmark, Capstone Press, 2002
  • Push and Pull, Children's Press, 2002
  • Election Day, Scholastic Library Publications, 2002
  • Prairie Dogs, Pebble Books, 2003
  • I Need You, Scholastic Library Publications, 2003 - written with Laura J. Bryant
  • Hearing, Scholastic Library Publications, 2003
  • Badgers, Pebble Books, 2004
  • Grace Hopper: Computer Whiz, Enslow Elementary, 2004
  • Garrett Morgan: Inventor of the Traffic Light and Gas Mask, Enslow Publishers, Inc., 2004
  • Exploring Space with an Astronaut, Enslow Publishers, Inc., 2004
  • Why Does the Moon Change Its Shape?, Rosen Classroom, 2005
  • Nigeria, Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, 2005
  • Earning Money, Lerner Publishing Group, 2005
  • Red Foxes, Capstone Press, 2006
  • Staying Happy, Lerner Classroom, 2006
  • Avoiding Drugs, Lerner Publishing Group, 2006
  • Telling Time, DK Children, 2007
  • Telling Time With Puppies And Kittens, Enslow Elementary, 2007
  • Death, Trans-Atlantic Publications, 2007
  • Counting Puppies and Kittens, Enslow Publishers, Inc., 2007
  • Adding Puppies and Kittens, Enslow Publications, Inc., 2007
  • Discovering Underwater Secrets, Enslow Publications, Inc., 2007
  • Measuring Puppies And Kittens, Enslow Elementary, 2007
  • Subtracting Puppies And Kittens, Enslow Elementary, 2007
  • Journey of a Pioneer, DK Publishing, Inc., 2008
  • Let's Play Soccer, DK Publishing, Inc., 2008
  • How Does the Wind Blow?, Benchmark Books, 2008
  • Never Eat Soggy Waffles: Fun Mnemonic Memory Tricks, Enslow Publishers, 2009
  • Bugs and Us, DK Publishing, Inc., 2012
  • Horse Club, DK Publishing, Inc., 2013
  • Hope for the Elephants, DK Publishing, Inc., 2014

Titles at Your Library

Election Day (Rookie Read-About Holidays)

ISBN: 0516274880
Release Date: 2002-11

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I Need You (Rookie Readers Level B)

ISBN: 0516225952
Release Date: 2003-03-01

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Badgers (Grassland Animals)

ISBN: 073682071X
Release Date: 2004-01-01

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Garrett Morgan: Inventor of the Traffic Light and Gas Mask (Famous Inventors)

ISBN: 0766022749
Release Date: 2004-08-01

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Exploring Space with an Astronaut (I Like Science!)

ISBN: 0766022684
Release Date: 2004-04-01

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Avoiding Drugs (Pull Ahead Books-Health)

ISBN: 0822527790
Release Date: 2006-01-01

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DK Readers: Telling Time (DK Reader - Level 2 (Quality))

ISBN: 0756629489
Release Date: 2007-07-02

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Counting Puppies and Kittens (Puppy and Kitten Math)

ISBN: 0766027244
Release Date: 2007-02-01

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Adding Puppies and Kittens (Puppy and Kitten Math)

ISBN: 0766027260
Release Date: 2007-02-01

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Discovering Underwater Secrets with a Nature Photographer (I Like Science!)

ISBN: 076602816X
Release Date: 2007-06-30

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Subtracting Puppies and Kittens (Puppy and Kitten Math)

ISBN: 0766027252
Release Date: 2007-04-01

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DK Readers L2: Journey of a Pioneer

ISBN: 0756640059
Release Date: 2008-08-18

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How Does the Wind Blow? (Tell Me Why, Tell Me How)

ISBN: 0761433635
Release Date: 2008-04-01

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Never Eat Soggy Waffles: Fun Mnemonic Memory Tricks (Prime)

ISBN: 0766027104
Release Date: 2009-02-01

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DK Readers L1: Bugs and Us

ISBN: 0756692784
Release Date: 2012-05-21

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DK Adventures: Horse Club

ISBN: 1465417230
Release Date: 2013-12-23

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DK Readers L3: Hope for the Elephants

ISBN: 1465428429
Release Date: 2014-12-15

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Literary Awards

Bugs and Us

  • 2013 ILLINOIS READS Book
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library Selection

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Murphy hosts a variety of workshops. Just a small sampling are listed here. Please feel free to contact the author for additional information and workshop ideas.

  • EVERYWHERE Ideas: Discover the hows, ways and whys to grab great ideas for stories, non-fiction and poetry - and learn what to do with them when you have them!
  • POW-WOW-ER-FUL Words: Explore what POW-WOW-ER-FUL words are, where to find + store them, and how to use them to create lasting images in readers' minds.
  • Ten Habits of Successful Writers: Learn ten habits that ALL successful writers practice - and start incorporating them today!
  • Writing from the Inside Out: Uncover how you can (and must) use your lfe experiences, gift these to your writing - and truly LIVE!
  • Writing WHAT YOU WANT + NEED TO KNOW: Find out how to become an expert on ANYTHING you want (and need) to know through research, interviewing, first-hand experience and then write about it!
  • Truth is STRANGER than Fiction: Mark Twain was right. Truth is stranger than fiction - and a whole lot of fun to write! Find out how to research and create the most creative non-fiction ever!
  • Writing that Matters: Learn to use the "power of the pen" to change your life, your readers' lives - and the world!
  • Journey of a Pioneer: Head your covered wagons westward along the Oregon Trail through Patricia's book Journey of a Pioneer and discover ways to write about your own journeys!
  • Writing all Summer Long: Discover sure-fire ways to start, keep, and stay writing through the lazy days of summer - and other vacations, too.

External Links

Patricia J. Murphy on WorldCat


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