Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Patricia Murphy  

Pen Name: Patricia J. Murphy


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children; 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.

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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Back and forth /
ISBN: 0516268651. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2002.

A simple introduction to back and forth movement.

Denmark /
ISBN: 0736813713. OCLC Number:

Bridgestone Books,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2003.

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

Push and pull /
ISBN: 0516268643. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2002.

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

Election day /
ISBN: 0516274880. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2002.

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

Prairie dogs /
ISBN: 0736820736. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2004.

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

I need you /
ISBN: 0516225952. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2003.

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.

Hearing /
ISBN: 0516225995. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2003.

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!

Badgers /
ISBN: 073682071X. OCLC Number:

Capstone Press,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2004.

Simple text and photographs introduce badgers and their grasslands habitat.

Grace Hopper :
ISBN: 0766022730. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, N.J. :. 2004.

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

Garrett Morgan :
ISBN: 0766022749. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2004.

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

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

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2004.

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

Why does the moon change its shape?
ISBN: 1404255931. OCLC Number:

Rosen Pub. Group. New York, NY.. 2004.

Nigeria /
ISBN: 0761417958. OCLC Number:

Benchmark Books,. New York :. ©2005.

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

Earning money /
ISBN: 0822521490. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications Co.,. Minneapolis :. ©2006.

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

Red Foxes.
ISBN: 0736894950. OCLC Number:

Pebble Books,. . 2006.

Staying happy.
ISBN: 082252774X. OCLC Number:

Lernerclassroom,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 2006.

Avoiding drugs /
ISBN: 0822527790. OCLC Number:

Lerner Publications,. Minneapolis :. ©2006.

Learn how to avoid harmful drugs.

Telling time /
ISBN: 0756629489. OCLC Number:

. .

A brief history of time keeping and clock making.

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

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. 2007.

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.

Death /
ISBN: 0431907838. OCLC Number:

Heinemann Library,. Oxford :. 2008.

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.

Counting puppies and kittens /
ISBN: 0766027244. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2008.

Learn to count with adorable puppies and kittens.

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

Enslow Elementary,. Berkeley Heights, N.J. :. ©2008.

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

Discovering underwater secrets with a nature photographer /
ISBN: 076602816x. OCLC Number:

Enslow Elementary,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2008.

An introduction to underwater photography.

Measuring puppies and kittens /
ISBN: 0766027279. OCLC Number:

Enslow Elementary,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2008.

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

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

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2008.

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.

Journey of a pioneer /
ISBN: 0756640059. OCLC Number:

DK Pub.,. New York :. 2008.

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:

DK Pub.,. New York :. 2008.

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

How Does the Wind Blow?
ISBN: 0761433635. OCLC Number:

Benchmark Books. . 2008.

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

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. 2009.

"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.

Bugs and us /
ISBN: 0756692784. OCLC Number:

DK,. New York, N.Y. :. 2012.

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

Horse Club /
ISBN: 1465417230. OCLC Number:

. .

"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.

Hope for the elephants /
ISBN: 1465428429. OCLC Number:

. .

"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.


Bugs and Us

  • 2013 ILLINOIS READS Book
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library Selection

    Speaking Engagements

    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.


    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!


    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.