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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Terri Murphy  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Illustrator

Audience: Children;


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Illinois Connection

Murphy was raised in Chicago and attended The American Academy of Art in Chicago. She works in Prospect Heights.

Biographical and Professional Information

Terri Murphy is an illustrator for children’s books, magazines and educational materials. In addition to illustrating children’s media, Terri divides her time as a part-time children’s librarian at the Prospect Heights Public Library and the Illinois Illustrators Network coordinator for SCBWI. In 2010, she began a venture of facilitating traveling art workshops for kids, where she takes what she’s learned in the studio and applies it to children’s art projects. She has presented Young Artists Workshops to library groups, art camps, and at senior centers.In 2013, Murphy was the premier artist for the Illinois Library Association’s iREAD summer reading program in all three categories, youth, young adult and adults. Her art was featured in all Illinois libraries, and on U.S.A. military base libraries in 24 countries. Her work was highlighted again for the Illinois Library Association's 2018 iREAD Children's poster.

Published Works

    Books written by Kelly Bennett:
  • Dance Ya'll, Dance, Bright Sky Press, 2009 - written by Kelly Bennett
  • One Day I Went Rambling, Bright Sky Press, 2012 - written by Kelly BennettBooks written by other authors:
  • Where is My Family?, Sundance Publishers, 2005 - written by Hannah Bok
  • The Ten Plagues , Concordia Publishing, 2006 - written by Sara Hartman
  • The Centurion At The Cross, Concordia Publishing, 2007 - written by Eric C. Bohnet
  • Climb Inside a Poem for Children Big Book of Poems, Heinemann Publishers, 2008 - written by Georgia Heard
  • Climb Inside a Poem: Reading and Writing Poetry Across the Year , Heinemann Publishers, 2008 - collected by Georgia Heard and Lester Laminack

Selected Titles At Your Library

Dance, y'all, dance /
ISBN: 1933979658. OCLC Number:

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Rhyming text invites the reader to a Texas dance hall on a Saturday night, when a community gathers to share news and fun. Includes historical notes about dance halls, particularly Gruene Hall in Gruene, Texas, and the dance known as the Two-Step.

One day I went rambling /
ISBN: 1936474069. OCLC Number:

Bright Sky Press,. Houston, TX :. ©2012.

At first, Zane's friends think he is crazy when he goes rambling, collecting all sorts of things like a "lasso" that is really a vine, or a "pirate's ring" that is a pop-top, but soon they are caught up in his imaginative game.

The ten plagues :
ISBN: 0758608756. OCLC Number:

Arch Books,. St. Louis, MO :. ©2006.

The centurion at the cross :
ISBN: 0758612605. OCLC Number:

Concordia Pub. House,. St. Louis, MO :. ©2007.

With rhyming text, retells the story of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection from the perspective of the Roman centurion at the cross.

Climb inside a poem :
ISBN: 0325017212. OCLC Number:

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Climb inside a poem :
ISBN: 032500983X. OCLC Number:

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Speaking Engagements

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