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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stuart J. Murphy  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: 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.


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

Selected Titles At Your Library

100 days of cool
ISBN: 0060001216. OCLC Number: 48987696

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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.

3 little firefighters
ISBN: 9780060001209. OCLC Number: 48958055

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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?

A fair bear share /
ISBN: 0064467147. OCLC Number: 35714606

HarperCollinsPublishers,. .

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

A house for Birdie
ISBN: 0060523514. OCLC Number: 50959004

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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

A pair of socks /
ISBN: 059006259X. OCLC Number: 36653254

Scholastic, Inc.,. .

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

A Pair of socks by Stuart J. Murphy.
ISBN: 1890275573. OCLC Number: 45228249

Childcraft Education Corp.,. .

Math bags contain materials designed to help children grasp the basics of math centered concepts. This kit teaches about attributes of matching sets.

Animals on board /
ISBN: 0064467163. OCLC Number: 36713096

HarperCollinsPublishers,. .

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

Beep beep, vroom vroom! /
ISBN: 0064467287. OCLC Number: 40444042

HarperCollins,. .

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.

Betcha! /
ISBN: 0064467074. OCLC Number: 34553454

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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

Bigger, better, best! /
ISBN: 0064462471. OCLC Number: 45757379

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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.

Bug dance /
ISBN: 0064462528. OCLC Number: 45715316

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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!

Camille's team
ISBN: 9781607342731. OCLC Number: 865019326

Charlesbridge,. .

Camille loves to build sand forts at the beach. But it's hard to build a big fort alone. Camille and her friends make a plan. They find that they can get more done--and have more fun--when they work together.

Camille's team /
ISBN: 1580894593. OCLC Number: 608685604

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

Circus shapes /
ISBN: 0064467139. OCLC Number: 35450397

HarperCollins,. .

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

Coyotes all around /
ISBN: 0060515317. OCLC Number: 50958959

HarperCollinsPublishers,. .

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.

Dave's down-to-earth rock shop
ISBN: 9780064467292. OCLC Number: 40359254

HarperCollins,. .

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: 9780064462518. OCLC Number: 44468973

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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: 9780064467100. OCLC Number: 33668155

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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

Double the ducks
ISBN: 0060289228. OCLC Number: 46678044

HarperCollins,. .

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.

Earth Day-hooray!
ISBN: 9780060001292. OCLC Number: 51297129

HarperCollins Pub.,. .

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

Elevator magic /
ISBN: 0064467090. OCLC Number: 34411627

HarperCollins,. .

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

Emma's friendwich
ISBN: 9781607342311. OCLC Number: 865019470

Charlesbridge,. .

Emma wants to make friends with the girl next door, but what should she do' What if she smiles, asks to play, and shares her toys. Pre-readers and beginning readers will love this sweet story and learn valuable tips about making friends of their own.

Emma's friendwich /
ISBN: 1580894518. OCLC Number: 430678919

Charlesbridge,. .

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.

Every buddy counts
ISBN: 9780064467087. OCLC Number: 33818487

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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

Freda is found /
ISBN: 1580894631. OCLC Number: 646715926

Charlesbridge,. .

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.

Freda is Found.
ISBN: 1283523353. OCLC Number: 817803126

Charlesbridge Publishing. .

Freda is excited to be on a class trip. But after she stops to look in a store window, she can't find her group.

Freda plans a picnic /
ISBN: 1580894577. OCLC Number: 430678920

Charlesbridge,. .

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

Freda plans a picnic.
ISBN: 9927101473. OCLC Number: 922009905

Bloomsbury Qatar Fndtn Pu,. .

Freda says please /
ISBN: 1580894755. OCLC Number: 798498961

Charlesbridge,. .

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.

Freda stops a bully
ISBN: 9781580894678. OCLC Number: 740250675

Charlesbridge,. .

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

Freda stops a bully
ISBN: 9781607344513. OCLC Number: 805853931

Charlesbridge,. .

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

Game time! /
ISBN: 0064467325. OCLC Number: 40423271

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

Get up and go! /
ISBN: 006446704X. OCLC Number: 32591225

HarperCollins,. .

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: 32548505

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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

Good job, Ajay! /
ISBN: 1580894550. OCLC Number: 430678917

Charlesbridge,. .

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

Good Job.
ISBN: 1306389232. OCLC Number: 869523288

Charlesbridge,. .

Great choice, Camille! /
ISBN: 1580894771. OCLC Number: 778636805

Charlesbridge,. .

At school Camille learns the importance of making decisions.

Great Choice.
ISBN: 1306394074. OCLC Number: 869525740

Charlesbridge,. .

Hamster champs /
ISBN: 0060557737. OCLC Number: 56614283

HarperCollins,. .

Three hamsters try to elude a dangerous cat.

Happy, healthy Ajay! /
ISBN: 1580894712. OCLC Number: 733546870

Charlesbridge,. .

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

Happy.
ISBN: 1306394236. OCLC Number: 869523024

Charlesbridge,. .

Henry the fourth
ISBN: 0439194202. OCLC Number: 46405836

Scholastic,. .

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

Henry the fourth /
ISBN: 0064467198. OCLC Number: 38258154

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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

Invincible :
ISBN: 1401308848. OCLC Number: 70790872

Hyperion,. .

Story of a 30-year-old Philadelphia football fan who earned a spot on his favorite professional team's roster in 1976.

It's about time!
ISBN: 9780060557690. OCLC Number: 54416142

HarperCollins,. .

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: 57549606

HarperCollins,. .

A story about blocks and building introduces counting.

Jump, kangaroo, jump /
ISBN: 006446721X. OCLC Number: 37975451

HarperCollinsPublishers,. .

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

Just enough carrots /
ISBN: 0064467112. OCLC Number: 34699511

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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: 9780060001322. OCLC Number: 56614281

HarperCollins,. .

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.

Left, right, Emma! /
ISBN: 1580894739. OCLC Number: 697808310

Charlesbridge,. .

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

Left.
ISBN: 1306394082. OCLC Number: 869524688

Charlesbridge,. .

Lemonade for sale
ISBN: 0060274409. OCLC Number: 36103816

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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: 0060001240. OCLC Number: 49028908

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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

Let's fly a kite /
ISBN: 0064467376. OCLC Number: 41238497

HarperCollinsPublishers,. .

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

Mall mania
ISBN: 9780060557775. OCLC Number: 57557363

HarperCollins,. .

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

MathStart.
ISBN: 0739875809. OCLC Number: 62502622

HarperCollins,. .

MathStart.
ISBN: 0739875744. OCLC Number: 62502725

HarperCollins,. .

MathStart.
ISBN: 0739825607. OCLC Number: 62502478

HarperCollins,. .

No one will play with poor Kangaroo--his friends all have too much to do! But little does he know that his buddies are busy using multiplication to plan a big birthday surprise.

Mighty Maddie
ISBN: 9780060531614. OCLC Number: 53178720

HarperCollins,. .

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

Missing mittens
ISBN: 9781442007321. OCLC Number: 859267406

Paw Prints,. .

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.

Missing mittens /
ISBN: 0064467333. OCLC Number: 42027439

HarperCollins,. .

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: 41165393

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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

More or less /
ISBN: 0060531673. OCLC Number: 54425330

HarperCollinsPublishers,. .

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

One-- two-- three-- Sassafras! /
ISBN: 0064462463. OCLC Number: 45661610

HarperCollins,. .

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

Ou ma li jia de hua ji gao shou :
ISBN: 9789862033227. OCLC Number: 877907403

Tai wan mai ke,. .

Pepper's journal :
ISBN: 0064467236. OCLC Number: 40199876

HarperCollinsPublishers,. .

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

Percy gets upset /
ISBN: 1580894615. OCLC Number: 608685612

Charlesbridge,. .

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

Percy gets upset =
ISBN: 9781632890290. OCLC Number: 993623938

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

Percy listens up
ISBN: 9781580894685. OCLC Number: 697808308

Charlesbridge,. .

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

Percy plays it safe
ISBN: 9781607342342. OCLC Number: 667106440

Charlesbridge,. .

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.

Percy plays it safe /
ISBN: 1580894534. OCLC Number: 430678921

Charlesbridge,. .

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.

Percy's neighborhood
ISBN: 9781684446841. OCLC Number: 1020793934

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

Percy's neighborhood /
ISBN: 158089481X. OCLC Number: 777364296

Charlesbridge,. .

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

Polly's pen pal
ISBN: 0060531681. OCLC Number: 54416145

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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.

Probably pistachio
ISBN: 9781442016910. OCLC Number: 41892783

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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

Rabbit's pajama party
ISBN: 1586692747. OCLC Number: 155854780

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

Rabbit's pajama party /
ISBN: 0064467228. OCLC Number: 39624966

HarperCollins,. .

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

Racing around /
ISBN: 0064462447. OCLC Number: 44509277

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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

Ready, set, hop! /
ISBN: 0064467023. OCLC Number: 32591208

HarperCollins,. .

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

Rodeo time /
ISBN: 0060557796. OCLC Number: 57557365

HarperCollins,. .

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: 39398605

HarperCollins,. .

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: 45223633

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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

Same old horse /
ISBN: 0060557710. OCLC Number: 56922458

HarperCollins,. .

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.

Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley enVisionMATH California :
ISBN: 0328344567. OCLC Number: 733315825

Pearson,. .

Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley enVisionMATH California :
ISBN: 9780328344581. OCLC Number: 733344466

Pearson,. .

Scrubba dub, Carlos /
ISBN: 1580894798. OCLC Number: 798498943

Charlesbridge,. .

Carlos learns the importance of washing his hands.

Scrubba Dub.
ISBN: 1306389518. OCLC Number: 869525104

Charlesbridge,. .

Seaweed soup
ISBN: 0060280360. OCLC Number: 43185970

HarperCollins,. .

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

Seaweed soup.
ISBN: 158669345X. OCLC Number: 166883599

Childcraft Education Corp.,. .

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

Shark swimathon
ISBN: 9780064467353. OCLC Number: 41320111

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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: 45493451

HarperCollins,. .

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.

Spunky monkeys on parade /
ISBN: 0064467279. OCLC Number: 38966012

HarperCollinsPublishers,. .

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.

Super sand castle Saturday /
ISBN: 0064467201. OCLC Number: 38831171

HarperCollinsPublishers,. .

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

Tally O'Malley /
ISBN: 0060531649. OCLC Number: 53215701

HarperCollins,. .

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

The best bug parade
ISBN: 9780064467001. OCLC Number: 31900926

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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

The best vacation ever
ISBN: 9780064467063. OCLC Number: 33102515

HarperCollins,. .

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

The greatest gymnast of all /
ISBN: 006446718X. OCLC Number: 38325691

HarperCollins,. .

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

The Grizzly Gazette /
ISBN: 0060000260. OCLC Number: 46791020

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

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

The penny pot
ISBN: 006027607X. OCLC Number: 37004419

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

The sundae scoop /
ISBN: 0064462501. OCLC Number: 46640771

HarperCollins,. .

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.

The sundae scoop.
ISBN: 1586693468. OCLC Number: 166882101

Childcraft Education Corp,. .

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.

Too many kangaroo things to do!
ISBN: 9780064467124. OCLC Number: 32927173

HarperCollins,. .

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: 52943040

HarperCollins,. .

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

Write on, Carlos! /
ISBN: 1580894658. OCLC Number: 649077204

Charlesbridge,. .

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

Write On.
ISBN: 1306394988. OCLC Number: 869525729

Charlesbridge,. .