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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stuart J. Murphy  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1942 in Rockville, Connecticut


-- Website -- http://www.stuartjmurphy.com
-- Stuart J. Murphy on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=stuart+j.+murphy


Illinois Connection

Murphy lived in Evanston for a time.

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

    I See I Learn Series, published by Charlesbridge
  • Emma's Friendwich,
  • Good Job, Ajay!,
  • Percy Plays It Safe,
  • Freda Plans A Picnic,
  • Camille's Team,
  • Percy Gets Upset,
  • Freda Is Found,
  • Write On, Carlos!,
  • Percy Listens Up,
  • Freda Stops a Bully,
  • Happy, Healthy Ajay!,
  • Left, Right, Emma!,
  • Freda Says Please,
  • Great Choice, Camille!,
  • Scrubba Dub, Carlos,
  • Percy's Neighborhood,


    MathStart Series - Level 1 Books/Ages 3+, published by HarperCollins
  • Beep Beep, Vroom, Vroom!,
  • The Best Bug Parade,
  • Bug Dance,
  • Circus Shapes,
  • Double the Ducks,
  • Every Buddy Counts,
  • The Greatest Gymnast of All,
  • Henry the Fourth,
  • A House for Birdie,
  • It's About Time,
  • Jack the Builder,
  • Just enough Carrots,
  • Leaping Lizards,
  • Mighty Maddie,
  • Missing Mittens,
  • Monster Musical Chairs,
  • One...Two...Three...Sassafras!,
  • A Pair of Socks,
  • Rabbit's Pajama Party,
  • Seaweed Soup,
  • 3 Little Firefighters,MathStart Series - Level 2 Books/Ages 6+, published by HarperCollins
  • Animals on Board,
  • The Best Vacation Ever,
  • Bigger, Better, Best!,
  • Captain Invincible & the Space Shapes,
  • Coyotes All Around,
  • Elevator Magic,
  • A Fair Bear Share,
  • Get Up and Go!,
  • Give Me Half!,
  • Let's Fly a Kite,
  • Mall Mania,
  • More or Less,
  • 100 Days of Cool,
  • Pepper's Journal,
  • Probably Pistachio,
  • Racing Around,
  • Same Old Horse,
  • Spunky Monkeys on Parade,
  • The Sundae Scoop,
  • Super Sand Castle Saturday,
  • Tally O'Malley,MathStart Series - Level 3 Books/Ages 7+', published by HarperCollins
  • Betcha!,
  • Dave's Down to Earth Rock Shop,
  • Dinosaur Deals,
  • Divide and Ride,
  • Earth Day Hooray!,
  • Game Time!,
  • The Grizzly Gazette,
  • Hamster Champs,
  • Jump, Kangaroo, Jump!,
  • Lemonade for Sale,
  • Less Than Zero,
  • The Penny Pot,
  • Polly's Pen Pal,
  • Ready, Set, Hop!,
  • Rodeo Time,
  • Room for Ripley,
  • Safari, Park,
  • Shark Swimathon,
  • Sluggers' Car Wash,
  • Too Many Kangaroo Things to Do,
  • Treasure Map,''


Selected Titles At Your Library

Emma's friendwich /
ISBN: 1580894518. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2010.

After moving to a new home, Emma makes friends with the girl next door. Includes questions about the text and notes to parents about visual learning.

Good job, Ajay! /
ISBN: 1580894550. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2010.

Ajay's friends encourage him as he practices throwing a ball. Includes questions about the text and notes to parents on visual learning.

Percy plays it safe /
ISBN: 1580894534. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2010.

After playing boisterously at the playground, Percy learns how to keep himself and his friends safe and still have a good time. Includes questions about the text and a note to parents about visual learning.

Freda plans a picnic /
ISBN: 1580894577. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2010.

Freda has a picnic in the backyard with her friends. Includes questions about the text and a note to parents about visual learning.

Camille's team /
ISBN: 1580894593. OCLC Number:

. .

At the beach four animal friends work together to make a fabulous sand fort.

Percy gets upset /
ISBN: 1580894615. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2011.

Mommy and Daddy help their son calm down and feel better when situations during the day make him angry.

Freda is found /
ISBN: 1580894631. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2011.

On a field trip, Freda is separated from her class, but she remembers just what to do. Includes questions about the text and a note to parents about visual learning.

Write on, Carlos! /
ISBN: 1580894658. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2011.

With his mother's help, Carlos learns to write his name, as some of his friends can do.

Percy listens up /
ISBN: 1580894690. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2012.

Percy the giraffe learns the importance of listening to parents, teachers, and friends.

Freda stops a bully /
ISBN: 1580894674. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, Mass. :. ©2012.

Max makes fun of Freda's shoes, but Freda soon learns how to cope with his bullying.

Happy, healthy Ajay! /
ISBN: 1580894712. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2012.

Ajay learns what he needs to do so he can become healthier and play with his friends.

Left, right, Emma! /
ISBN: 1580894739. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2012.

After learning the concept of left and right, Emma leads the class marching band on Grandparents Day.

Freda says please /
ISBN: 1580894755. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2013.

Freda wants to play with her friends, but they think she is too bossy. Includes questions about the text and a note to parents about encouraging courteous behavior.

Great choice, Camille! /
ISBN: 1580894771. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, Mass. :. ©2013.

At school Camille learns the importance of making decisions.

Scrubba dub, Carlos /
ISBN: 1580894798. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2013.

Carlos learns the importance of washing his hands.

Percy's neighborhood /
ISBN: 158089481X. OCLC Number:

Charlesbridge,. Watertown, MA :. ©2013.

Percy learns about his neighborhood and its community helpers as he and his father hand out posters.

Beep beep, vroom vroom! /
ISBN: 0064467287. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York, NY :. ©2000.

As Molly plays with her big brother's toy cars, readers will see and recognize patterns, an essential first step in learning to reason from the specific to the general.

The best bug parade /
ISBN: 0064467007. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. ©1996.

A variety of different bugs compare their relative sizes while going on parade.

Bug dance /
ISBN: 0064462528. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. ©2002.

The bugs in Coach Caterpillar's gym are learning a new dance. But Centipede can't do it! If he can't learn the directions "left, right, forward, and backward", this class will be one big flop!

Circus shapes /
ISBN: 0064467139. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©1998.

Circus animals and performers getting ready for a show form basic geometric shapes.

Double the ducks /
ISBN: 0064462498. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2003.

A little boy works very hard taking care of five little ducks, then they go for a walk and each duck brings home a friend making double the work.

Every buddy counts /
ISBN: 0064467082. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. ©1997.

A little girl goes through the day counting her "buddies" which include one hamster, two sisters, three kittens, etc.

The greatest gymnast of all /
ISBN: 006446718X. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©1998.

While performing an energetic gymnastic routine, Zoe demonstrates such spatial opposites as on and off, inside and outside, and over and under.

Henry the fourth /
ISBN: 0064467198. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. ©1999.

A simple story about four dogs at a dog show introduces the ordinal numbers: first, second, third, and fourth.

A house for Birdie /
ISBN: 0060523530. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. ©2004.

As Birdie and his friends try to locate a house that is just right for his size, readers learn about the concept of capacity.

It's about time! /
ISBN: 0060557699. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2005.

It's About Time-to wake up-to learn, to play, to read-to cuddle up in the blankets and to dream. A twenty-four -- hour day is full of great things to do! Endearing illustrations depicting things kids do every day make this an easy introduction to the skill of telling time, perfect for very young readers.

Jack the builder /
ISBN: 0060557753. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2006.

A story about blocks and building introduces counting.

Just enough carrots /
ISBN: 0064467112. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York, NY :. ©1997.

While a bunny and his mother shop in a grocery store for lunch guests, the reader may count and compare the amounts of carrots, peanuts, and worms in the grocery carts of other shoppers.

Leaping lizards /
ISBN: 0060001321. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2005.

Learn to count by 5s and 10s by counting the lizards as they arrive for a show. It's almost time for the show to begin -- but where are all the lizards? As a frantic snake looks high and low for the performers, they start to arrive, first by fives and then by tens. Will all fifty lizards show up in time? A lively rhymed story and pictures bursting with color introduce the math concept of counting by fives and tens, an important first step in learning addition and multiplication.

Mighty Maddie /
ISBN: 0060531614. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2004.

As Maddie cleans up her room, she learns how to compare the weights of various objects.

Missing mittens /
ISBN: 0064467333. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2001.

As a farmer tries to find the correct number of mittens for his various farmyard animals, the reader is introduced to odd and even numbers.

Monster musical chairs /
ISBN: 0064467309. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. ©2000.

As six monsters play a wild game of musical chairs, readers learn to subtract--one chair at a time.

One-- two-- three-- Sassafras! /
ISBN: 0064462463. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2002.

At a family reunion, the cousins line up in order of their ages to get their pictures taken, introducing the concept of numerical order.

A pair of socks /
ISBN: 059006259X. OCLC Number:

Scholastic, Inc.,. New York :. ©1996.

Introduces pattern recognition as a sock searches the house for its lost mate.

Rabbit's pajama party /
ISBN: 0064467228. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York, NY :. ©1999.

A group of animal friends have fun at a pajama party while demonstrating activities that happen in a particular order or sequence.

Seaweed soup /
ISBN: 0064467368. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2001.

As he asks more and more friends to join him for lunch, Turtle must make up sets of dishes to accommodate them.

3 little firefighters /
ISBN: 0060001208. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. ©2003.

Three young firefighters must find matching sets of buttons to complete their costumes for a parade, but should they sort them by shape, color, or size?

Animals on board /
ISBN: 0064467163. OCLC Number:

HarperCollinsPublishers,. New York :. ©1998.

Introduces simple addition through a rhyming text about animals being delivered for a merry-go-round.

The best vacation ever /
ISBN: 0064467066. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©1997.

A young girl uses data-collecting and problem-solving skills to determine where her family should go for a vacation.

Bigger, better, best! /
ISBN: 0064462471. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. ©2002.

In their family's new house, Jenny, Jeff, and Jill use a simple geometry concept to calculate area and prove, once and for all, whose room is bigger.

Coyotes all around /
ISBN: 0060515317. OCLC Number:

HarperCollinsPublishers,. New York :. ©2003.

A pack of coyotes tries to determine how many roadrunners and other creatures are in their vicinity, and while some count different groups and add their totals together, Clever Coyote rounds off and estimates.

Elevator magic /
ISBN: 0064467090. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York, NY :. ©1997.

Explains the concept of subtraction through a rhyming text about a descending elevator.

A fair bear share /
ISBN: 0064467147. OCLC Number:

HarperCollinsPublishers,. New York :. ©1998.

Four bear cubs collect ingredients for a blueberry pie, counting and recounting them as their supply grows.

Get up and go! /
ISBN: 006446704X. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York, NY :. ©1996.

Explains through the use of rhyme the concepts of timelines and addition as a girl gets ready for school with the help of her smart dog.

Give me half! /
ISBN: 0064467015. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York, NY :. ©1996.

Introduces the concept of halves using a simple rhyming story about a brother and sister who do not want to share their food.

Let's fly a kite /
ISBN: 0064467376. OCLC Number:

HarperCollinsPublishers,. New York :. ©2000.

Two squabbling siblings learn about symmetry when their babysitter helps them build and fly a kite.

Mall mania /
ISBN: 006055777X. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2006.

Shopping, counting, and a birthday present all add up to a surprise ending on Mall Mania Day.

More or less /
ISBN: 0060531673. OCLC Number:

HarperCollinsPublishers,. New York :. ©2005.

At a school picnic, Eddie uses his knowledge of numbers to outsmart the people who come to his game booth.

100 days of cool /
ISBN: 0060001232. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. ©2004.

Four students arrive on the first day of school looking cool and their teacher challenges them to keep it up as they count down one hundred days to a cool celebration.

Pepper's journal :
ISBN: 0064467236. OCLC Number:

HarperCollinsPublishers,. New York :. ©2000.

Lisa keeps a journal of her new kitten's first year.

Probably pistachio /
ISBN: 0064467341. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. ©2001.

Readers are introduced to the concept of probability in a story about a boy who has a day in which nothing goes right.

Racing around /
ISBN: 0064462447. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. 2002.

Mike proves he can ride his bike 15 kilometers as he participates in a race around the park's perimeter.

Same old horse /
ISBN: 0060557710. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2005.

Hankie always does the same things at the same time. He even sneezes on schedule. The other horses tease him. What a bore! Hankie's determined to prove that he can be unpredictable if he wants to -- but can he? Or will he just end up being the same old Hankie? Horses, humor, and a great big sneeze all combine to explain how to look at past events and make predictions about the future, an important element of logical thinking.

Spunky monkeys on parade /
ISBN: 0064467279. OCLC Number:

HarperCollinsPublishers,. New York :. 1999.

In the Monkey Day Parade, monkey majorettes, cyclists, tumblers, and band members create a spectacle as they move along in groups of two, three, and four.

The sundae scoop /
ISBN: 0064462501. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2003.

At the picnic on the last day of school, James, his friends, and the cafeteria lady make a variety of ice cream sundaes, using mathematics to figure out how many different kinds they can create.

Super sand castle Saturday /
ISBN: 0064467201. OCLC Number:

HarperCollinsPublishers,. New York :. 1999.

Introduces the concept of nonstandard measurement as three friends compete in a sand castle building contest.

Tally O'Malley /
ISBN: 0060531649. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2004.

On a car trip to the beach, the O'Malley family children compete by playing games together.

Betcha! /
ISBN: 0064467074. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York, NY :. ©1997.

Uses a dialog between two friends, one who estimates, one who counts precisely, to show estimation at work in everyday life.

Dave's down-to-earth rock shop /
ISBN: 0064467295. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York, NY :. ©2000.

As they consider sorting their rock collection by color, size, type, and hardness, Josh and Amy learn that the same objects can be organized in many different ways.

Dinosaur deals /
ISBN: 006446251X. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. ©2001.

At the Dinosaur Card Trading Fair, brothers Mike and Andy learn how equivalent values can help them make the best trades.

Divide and ride /
ISBN: 0590214276. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York, NY :. ©1997.

Teaches division as a group of friends goes on different carnival rides.

Earth Day-hooray! /
ISBN: 0060001291. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Pub.,. New York, NY :. ©2004.

A drive to recycle cans on Earth Day teaches the children of the Maple Street School Save-the-Planet Club about place value.

Game time! /
ISBN: 0064467325. OCLC Number:

. .

Calendars and clocks keep track of passing time as the Huskies prepare for and compete in the championship soccer game against the Falcons.

The Grizzly Gazette /
ISBN: 0060000260. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. ©2003.

At camp Grizzly, three campers are running to be elected camp mascot, encouraging readers to learn the mathematical principle of percentages.

Hamster champs /
ISBN: 0060557737. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2005.

Three hamsters try to elude a dangerous cat.

Jump, kangaroo, jump /
ISBN: 006446721X. OCLC Number:

HarperCollinsPublishers,. New York, NY :. ©1999.

Kangaroo and his Australian animal friends divide themselves up into different groups for the various field day events at camp.

Lemonade for sale /
ISBN: 0064467155. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. ©1998.

The Elm Street Kids' Club decides to sell lemonade to earn money to fix up their clubhouse and they use a graph to keep track of their sales.

Less than zero /
ISBN: 0060001267. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. ©2003.

While trying to save enough money to buy a new ice scooter, Perry the Penguin learns about managing his money and about negative numbers.

The penny pot /
ISBN: 0064467171. OCLC Number:

. .

The face painting booth at the school fair provides plenty of opportunities to count combinations of coins adding up to fifty.

Polly's pen pal /
ISBN: 0060531703. OCLC Number:

. .

Polly's got a pen pal - in Canada! Polly's sure that she and her new friend, Ally, will have a lot in common. When Ally writes that she's 125 centimeters tall and weighs 25 kilograms, Polly wants to know if she's the same. Polly wishes she could go and visit her -- but Ally lives 450 kilometers away! Young readers will learn about metric units like centimeters, kilograms, kilometers, and liters as they follow this story of two friends who can't be kept apart.

Ready, set, hop! /
ISBN: 0064467023. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©1996.

Explains equation building as two frogs count their hops to a rock, a log, and a pond.

Rodeo time /
ISBN: 0060557796. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2006.

As Katie and Cameron try to fit all of their chores and activities into one day, readers learn about the concept of making, and sticking to a schedule.

Room for Ripley /
ISBN: 0064467244. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York, NY :. ©1999.

Uses a story about a young boy who is getting a fish bowl ready for his new pet to introduce various units of liquid measure.

Safari Park /
ISBN: 0064462455. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. ©2002.

Five cousins each have twenty tickets to spend at Safari Park, and a little algebra will tell them how many rides they can try.

Shark swimathon /
ISBN: 006446735X. OCLC Number:

. .

As members of a swim team do laps to qualify for swim camp, readers can practice subtracting two-digit numbers to see how many laps are left to go.

Sluggers' car wash /
ISBN: 006446248X. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2002.

When the 21st Street Sluggers, a baseball team, have a car wash to raise money, they learn to keep careful track of their dollars and cents.

Too many kangaroo things to do! /
ISBN: 0064467120. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York, NY :. ©1996.

A surprise birthday party planned for a kangaroo by his friends provides many opportunities for the reader to add and multiply various things.

Treasure map /
ISBN: 0064467384. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2004.

An old map leads the members of the Elm Street Kids' Club to a buried time capsule.


Awards

MathStart

series

  • Top-Ten Nonfiction Series for Young Children, Booklist, 1999
  • Slugger's Car Wash

  • Best Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street College of Education, 2003
  • Less than Zero

  • Best Book, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Sea, and Science Books and Film, 2004

    Other Awards

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (No)

    Contact Information

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