Introducing…Picture Book Debut Author Diana Murray

Diana Murray is the author of four soon-to-be-released picture books:

  1. Author of CITY SHAPES, illustrated by three-time Caldecott Honoree Bryan Collier

518a21_6957bb80a2b54feb82acaec0974f0f75Publisher: Little, Brown

Release Date: June 21, 2016

Description: An ode to city life, and a poetic journey through the bustling city spotting shapes of all kinds.

Themes: shapes, cities, exploring, home, everyday life, neighborhoods, rhyme, poetry




  1. Author of GRIMELDA, THE VERY MESSY WITCH, illustrated by Heather Ross

518a21_1cd2279e99ef4c0f9c8c9072056ac22aPublisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins

Release Date: July 12, 2016 (plus a sequel in 2017)

Description: Grimelda’s house may not be tidy, but it’s cozy, and that’s just the way she likes it. She also likes pickle pie. There’s only one problem—she can’t find the main ingredient in her messy house! Readers who enjoyed Norman Bridwell’s classic The Witch Next Door will love this funny, charming story about the everyday life of a witch. You can join Grimelda for another wacky, witchy (and very messy) adventure when the sequel comes out in 2017.

Themes: witches, Halloween, organization, cleaning, cooking, magic, rhyme, poetry, humor


  1. Author of NED THE KNITTING PIRATE, illustrated by Leslie Lammle

518a21_ddb8e7c52e364fa580f6696113e5def2.jpgPublisher: Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan

Release Date: August 23, 2016

Description: The crew of the pirate ship the “Rusty Heap” are a fearsome bunch They’re tougher than gristle and barnacle grit. They heave and they ho and they swab and they… knit? Well, one of them does, at least Unfortunately for Ned, his knitting doesn’t go over well with the captain and crew. But when a sea monster attacks, Ned’s knitting might be just the ticket to save the day.

Themes: pirates, sea monsters, ocean, mermaids, knitting, action and adventure, sailing, humor, singing and dancing, hats and scarves, yarn, rhyme, poetry, humor


  1. Author of GROGGLE’S MONSTER VALENTINE, illustrated by Bats Langley (a 2016 picture book debut illustrator!)

518a21_3100995081484dd5ac8942f68c1099ba.jpgPublisher: Sky Pony Press

Release Date: Fall 2016

Description: Groggle wants to create the perfect Valentine card for his beast friend, Snarlina. He writes poem after poem, but his “monster appetite” keeps getting in the way. Will Groggle ever be able to give his toothsome, stomping, monstrous friend Snarlina a Valentine? Find out in this monster of a tale.

Themes: monsters, nature, Valentine’s Day, friendship, arts and crafts, love, rhyme, poetry, humor

13414543_1030034420365665_764931220_n.jpgAbout the Author: Diana Murray grew up in New York City and still lives nearby with her  husband, two very messy children, and a motley crew of pets. For more about Diana, please visit: 

Twitter: @DianaMWrites




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