Stuart J. Murphy

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General Information

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Name: Stuart J. Murphy

Pen Name: None

Birth Year: 1942

Place of Birth: Rockville, Connecticut



Contact Information: Publicity Director Children`s Books, Harper Collins Publishers 1350 Avenue of the Americas New York, New York 10019

Illinois Connection

Stuart Murphy lived for a time in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stuart J. Murphy is an education consultant whose "MathStart" books for HarperCollins have helped kick-start a new approach in teaching math skills. At more than fifty titles strong, the series is graded in three levels and aimed at young children. Murphy's idea is to present math concepts such as comparing, counting, matching, sequencing, fractions, adding, and subtracting, among dozens of others, in the context of stories.

Murphy served a long apprenticeship before inaugurating his popular math series. Graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1964, he served as the art director for the magazine The Art Gallery for three years before joining the textbook company Ginn and Company as a designer. In 1971 he became art director for Ginn, a position he held until 1980. In that year he cofounded Ligature, Inc., an educational research and development firm that worked with publishers to conceptualize and prepare high quality books for U.S. schools. During these years he worked on social studies projects as well as math books.

Published Works

Stuart has written over 60 books. For a complete listing of his works please go to his website.

  • It's About Time, illustrated by John Speirs, Harper Collins, 2004
  • Leaping Lizards, illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi, Harper Collins, 2004
  • More or Less, illustrated by David T. Wenzel, Harper Collins, 2004
  • Polly's Pen Pal, illustrated by Remy Simard, Harper Collins, 2004
  • Same Old Hankie, illustrated by Steve Bjorkman, Harper Collins, 2004
  • Earth Day--Hooray!, illustrated by Renee Andriani, Harper Collins, 2004
  • A House for Birdie, illustrated by Edward Miller, Harper Collins, 2004
  • Mighty Maddie, illustrated by Bernice Lum, Harper Collins, 2004
  • Tally O'Malley, illustrated by Cynthia Jabar, Harper Collins, 2004
  • Treasure Map, illustrated by Tricia Tusa, Harper Collins, 2004

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

It's About Time! (MathStart 1)

ISBN: 0060557680
Release Date: 2005-03-01

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Polly's Pen Pal (MathStart 3)

ISBN: 0060531703
Release Date: 2005-03-01

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Same Old Horse (Mathstart Level 2)

ISBN: 0606341870
Release Date: 2005-11

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Earth Day - Hooray!: Level 3 (Mathstart Place Value)

ISBN: 0606296956
Release Date: 2004-03

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A House for Birdie (Mathstart, Level 1)

ISBN: 060629693X
Release Date: 2004-03

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Mighty Maddie (Mathstart, Level 1)

ISBN: 1435273184
Release Date: 2008-05-09

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Tally O'malley (Mathstart)

ISBN: 0606326251
Release Date: 2004-10

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Treasure Map (Mathstart)

ISBN: 060632626X
Release Date: 2004-10

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Literary Awards

Booklist Magazine, Top Ten Non-fiction Series For Young Children, Booklist 1999, Mathstart Series.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (No)

External Links

Stuart J. Murphy on WorldCat

Stuart J. Murphy on Amazon


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