• Marsha
    Diane Arnold is an award-winning picture book author, with over one million
    books sold. The media has called her a “born storyteller” and a “magician of
    literary innovations.” Her stories have been called “wacky,” “whimsical,” “inspiring,”
    “beguiling,” “heartwarming,” “uplifting,” “great read-alouds,” and “a must-have
    for all libraries”.

    Her first
    book Heart of a Tiger won the Ridgway Award for Best First Book by a New
    Author. A few of her other many awards include Smithsonian Notable Book
    for The Pumpkin Runner, three times Dolly
    Parton Imagination selection for Roar of A Snore, and Junior
    Library Guild Selection for Lost. Found, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell.  Two of her more recent books are the bilingual Galápagos Girl from Lee & Low and Badger’s Perfect Garden from Sleeping Bear Press.

    enjoys visiting schools internationally, nationally, and through Skype, sharing
    her love of books and writing through school presentations and writing
    “funshops”.  Her popular Writing Character-Driven Picture Books class is
    at http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/writing-character-driven-stories.html

    When not
    creating imaginative worlds and wacky characters at her home in Southwest,
    Florida, Marsha enjoys traveling the world, scuba diving, and (like her
    characters) always trying new things.  


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