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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Patricia J. Murphy  

Pen Name: 

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1966 in Chicago, Illinois

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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.


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Adding puppies and kittens /
ISBN: 0766027260. OCLC Number: 63705866

Enslow Elementary,. .

This visual guide aids readers in mastering the addition of numbers from 1 through 10. Includes puppy and kitten photos throughout the book.

Andrew Carnegie /
ISBN: 1404533567. OCLC Number: 213815580

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Around and around /
ISBN: 0516268635. OCLC Number: 46976773

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A simple introduction to circular movement and the forces that affect it.

Avoiding drugs /
ISBN: 0822527790. OCLC Number: 57193178

Lerner Publications,. .

Learn how to avoid harmful drugs.

Back and forth /
ISBN: 0516268651. OCLC Number: 46918116

Children's Press,. .

A simple introduction to back and forth movement.

Badgers /
ISBN: 073682071X. OCLC Number: 52720812

Capstone Press,. .

Simple text and photographs introduce badgers and their grasslands habitat.

Bugs and us
ISBN: 9780756693336. OCLC Number: 748329724

DK,. .

Helps your child to discover all about the lives of creepy crawlies--what they eat, where they live, and how they help humans.

Canada Day /
ISBN: 0516226622. OCLC Number: 49672941

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Explains the history, importance, and celebration of Canada Day.

Counting puppies and kittens
ISBN: 9780766027244. OCLC Number: 63705865

Enslow Publishers,. .

Learn to count with adorable puppies and kittens.

ISBN: 9780431907833. OCLC Number: 212894277

Heinemann Library,. .

Discusses death, explaining the feelings many people experience when they are grieving for a loved one and the ways people remember their loved ones. Suggested level: junior, primary.

Denmark /
ISBN: 0736813713. OCLC Number: 48834697

Bridgestone Books,. .

Introduces the geography, food, and culture of Denmark, including information about the capital Copenhagen and author Hans Christian Andersen.

Discovering underwater secrets with a nature photographer
ISBN: 9780766028166. OCLC Number: 71223111

Enslow Elementary,. .

An introduction to underwater photography.

Divorce and separation /
ISBN: 1403497753. OCLC Number: 84837982

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Explains divorce and separation, the reasons, the feelings, confusion, loneliness, fear, and that you are not alone.

Earning money
ISBN: 9780822521495. OCLC Number: 56329903

Lerner Publications Co.,. .

Find out how to negotiate an allowance or start a business from kids who started their own enterprises.

Election day /
ISBN: 0516274880. OCLC Number: 49618777

Children's Press,. .

Explains the importance of voting, different methods of voting, and how voting helps us take part in our government.

Exploring space with an astronaut /
ISBN: 0766022684. OCLC Number: 52430998

Enslow Publishers,. .

Briefly explains the work of astronauts, scientists who travel on the space shuttle to study outer space and to conduct experiments.

Garrett Morgan :
ISBN: 0766022749. OCLC Number: 53937831

Enslow Publishers,. .

Profiles the man responsible for inventing the traffic light and gas mask, both very important elements for safety.

Grace Hopper :
ISBN: 0766022730. OCLC Number: 54365160

Enslow Publishers,. .

A brief biography of the woman who pioneered advances in computer technology.

Hearing /
ISBN: 0516225995. OCLC Number: 48777388

Children's Press,. .

Sound off if you want to separate the noise from the nonsense about an important human sense that helps you recognize sounds, communicate, and even maintain balance--hearing!

Hope for the elephants
ISBN: 9781465428424. OCLC Number: 893931999

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Join David and his grandmother on an amazing trip to study [the elephants] in an Asian sanctuary and on an African reserve. Discover how people can give elephants a hopeful future.--Page 4 of cover.

Horse Club
ISBN: 9781465418111. OCLC Number: 852831306

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Emma adores horses almost as much as she idolizes her older sister. Emma dreams about riding in a show alongside her sister one day. The sisters go to horse-riding camp, where Emma's wish is about to come true, but it's not a smooth ride. WIll Emma save her sister, the show-- and the day?--Page 4 of cover.

How Does the Wind Blow?
ISBN: 9780761433637. OCLC Number: 225870604

Benchmark Books. .

I need you /
ISBN: 0516225952. OCLC Number: 50028519

Children's Press,. .

Illustrations and rhyming text describe things that complement each other, such as a soup and a spoon, a song and a tune, flowers and a vase, and a smile and a face.

Illness /
ISBN: 0431907854. OCLC Number: 212894279

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Journey of a pioneer
ISBN: 9780756640057. OCLC Number: 199450362

DK Pub.,. .

Olivia Clark describes her family's journey as they move from their home in Missouri to the Oregon Territory while following the Oregon Trail through her diary.

Let's play soccer /
ISBN: 075663458x. OCLC Number: 173659545

DK Pub.,. .

At his first soccer practice, Erik learns how to stretch, the rules of the game, and kicking techniques before playing a practice game.

Mama, look! /
ISBN: 1499800800. OCLC Number: 950518639

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Baby creatures and their mothers discover the world around them.

Measuring puppies and kittens
ISBN: 9780766027275. OCLC Number: 64208177

Enslow Elementary,. .

Describes different ways to measure the size of puppies and kittens.

Moving /
ISBN: 1403497761. OCLC Number: 84152860

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Explores some of the feelings people experience when they move to a new home, and describes ways in which they can feel comfortable and make new friends.

Nell Can Spell!
ISBN: B004N458PG. OCLC Number:

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Never eat soggy waffles :
ISBN: 0766027104. OCLC Number: 180989487

Enslow Publishers,. .

"Introduces young readers to the concept of mnemonic devices, presenting several examples of mnemonics as study aids and explaining how mnemonic devices are created"--Provided by publisher.

Nigeria /
ISBN: 0761417958. OCLC Number: 54817158

Benchmark Books,. .

An introduction to Nigeria, highlighting the country's geography, people, foods, schools, recreation, celebrations, and language.

Planets and the solar system /
ISBN: 1680527061. OCLC Number: 1124073867

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"Touch, read, and discover all about our amazing solar system with your toddler and Smithsonian Kids! Featuring special embossing to highlight fun facts about the wonders of space and the universe, this book engages both verbal and tactile learning skills. Embossed textures and bright, detailed photographs and renderings from Smithsonian are sure to engage, entertain, and educate your curious toddler."--Provided by publisher.

Prairie dogs /
ISBN: 0736820736. OCLC Number: 52720814

Capstone Press,. .

Simple text and photographs introduce prairie dogs and their grasslands habitat.

Push and pull
ISBN: 0516225510. OCLC Number: 46928847

Children's Press,. .

Simple text and photographs describe and illustrate push and pull movement.

Red Foxes.
ISBN: 9780736894951. OCLC Number: 148718831

Pebble Books,. .

Sight /
ISBN: 0516269682. OCLC Number: 48711457

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Explores the sense of sight and the body parts used to produce it.

Smell /
ISBN: 0516225987. OCLC Number: 48711451

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Explores the sense of smell made possible by the nose as well as its relationship to the sense of taste.

Staying happy.
ISBN: 082252774X. OCLC Number: 946920997

Lernerclassroom,. .

Subtracting puppies and kittens /
ISBN: 0766027252. OCLC Number: 63705868

Enslow Publishers,. .

Understanding subtraction has never been easier. The book includes a number line along with fun photos, and readers will quickly master subtracting numbers 1 through 10.

T. rex from head to tail /
ISBN: 1680527053. OCLC Number: 1122792903

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"Touch, read, and discover all about the incredible T.rex with your toddler and Smithsonian Kids! Featuring special embossing to highlight fun facts about these "kings of the dinosaurs," this book engages both verbal and tactile learning skills. Embossed textures and bright, detailed photographs and renderings from Smithsonian are sure to engage, entertain, and educate your curious toddler."--Provided by publisher.

Taste /
ISBN: 0516226002. OCLC Number: 48711470

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Explores the sense of taste and the body parts used to produce it as well as its relationship to smell.

Telling time /
ISBN: 0756629489. OCLC Number: 145504522

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A brief history of time keeping and clock making.

Telling time with puppies and kittens /
ISBN: 0766027287. OCLC Number: 64335771

Enslow Publishers,. .

What time is it? People ask this question many times every day and now you will be able to answer them! Learn how to look at analog and digital clocks and make sense of them. What do the different hands on the clock mean? What is the difference between A.M. and P.M.? Includes puppy and kitten photos throughout the book.

The airport /
ISBN: 0736825789. OCLC Number: 54022399

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Simple text and photographs present a visit to the airport.

The police station /
ISBN: 154350843X. OCLC Number: 1005742270

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"Text and photographs take readers on a visit to the police station, including descriptions of the things and people found there. This book includes a video, which launches via a 4D app"--Publisher's website.

The US Supreme Court
ISBN: B00SB2R4VW. OCLC Number:

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ISBN: B01FGQ47EM. OCLC Number:

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Up and down /
ISBN: 0516225537. OCLC Number: 46918120

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A simple introduction to up and down movement.

Voting and elections /
ISBN: 075650144X. OCLC Number: 46616828

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Simple text explains the process of voting.

Why does the moon change its shape?
ISBN: 0823962342. OCLC Number: 47957586

PowerKids Press,. .

Questions and answers about the Moon.

Why is the sun so hot? /
ISBN: 0823962350. OCLC Number: 47930777

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Questions and answers about the Ssun.