THIS JUST IN! Diana's new picture book text, GROGGLE'S MONSTER VALENTINE, sold to Sky Pony Press on June 1st. It will be illustrated by the fabulous Bats Langley, who also happened to illustrate one of Diana's first poems ever accepted for publication. The book is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2016.
Diana Murray's other forthcoming picture books include: CITY SHAPES illustrated by Bryan Collier (Little, Brown, June 2016); GRIMELDA: THE VERY MESSY WITCH, plus a sequel, illustrated by Heather Ross (Katherine Tegen Books /HarperCollins, July 2016, 2017); and NED THE KNITTING PIRATE illustrated by Leslie Lammle (Roaring Brook Press /Macmillan, August 2016).
The sale of CITY SHAPES was announced in the August 11th, 2014 issue of Publishers Weekly. The manuscript sold at auction in a two-book deal. The second book has been confirmed and will be announced once the illustrator is selected. More news soon!
Diana Murray received the 2014 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for her poem, "Ocean Beach" (Highlights, August 2013).
Diana also won the 2013 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for her poem, "Sandy Surprise" (Clubhouse Jr., August 2012), which was illustrated beautifully by Patrice Barton.
She received an additional Magazine Merit Honor Award for her poem, "Unwelcome to Opposite Island" (Highlights for Children, July 2012), which featured an amazing full-spread illustration by John O'Brien.
Diana won the 2010 SCBWI Barbara Karlin Grant for her rhyming picture book manuscript. You can read more about her experience here: "PiBoIdMo Success Story" (Tara Lazar's blog).
Diana Murray was a guest blogger for PiBoIdMo on November 22nd. You can read her post about "Brewing Up a Character-Driven Story". PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) is a fun annual event where writers pledge to come up with 30 ideas in 30 days. Registered participants can win prizes (like manuscript critiques, agent feedback, and signed books). But even after the event is over, you can check out all the other posts from authors and illustrators, going back to 2009!
"Write Like a 'Top Chef' with Diana Murray" (guest post on Laura Sassi's blog)
"Ten Cures for Writer's Waiteritis with Diana Murray" (guest post on Laura Sassi's blog)
"Idea Mash-up" (guest post on Tara Lazar's blog for PiBoIdMo 2012)
"An interview with Diana Murray" (Jody Jensen Shaffer's blog)
"Character First" (guest post on Lynne Marie Pisano's blog)
"How I Got My Agent" (guest post on Heather Ayris Burnell's blog)
In 2010, Diana participated in a fundraiser called, "Critters Against Cancer", which was hosted on Jenni Bielicki's blog.
Diana Murray's poems in magazines include:
"Unwelcome to Opposite Island", Highlights, July 2012
"Sandy Surprise", Clubhouse Jr., August 2012
"Greenfoot Gus", High Five, September 2012, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
"The Grumpy Hiker", Highlights, October 2013 (READ IT NOW on the Highlights website)
"Yummy Noodles", High Five, November 2013
"Mystery Dinner", Spider, April 2013, illustrated by Bats Langley
"Ocean Beach", Highlights, August 2013
"Four Fun Chicks", Hello, Vol. 2, #3, (Spring 2014)
"Firefly Wishes", High Five, September 2014
"Baxter, the Cleaning Dog", Highlights, April, 2015
"Dressed for Easter", Highlights, April, 2015
"Flying", High Five
"Dance Time", High Five
"Silly Tilly's Garden", Highlights
"Automatic Baseball Hat", Highlights
"Trucks at Work", Hello
"Night's Canvas", Highlights
"Bella's Pizza Pie", High Five
"Spring Garden", High Five
"Spring Scooter", High Five
"Apple Picking", High Five
"Puppy Power", High Five
Diana's poem "Synchronized Roberta" appears in the poetry anthology, AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!: A GLOBAL GATHERING OF SPORTS POEMS, edited by Heidi B. Roemer and Carol-Ann Hoyte, and illustrated by Kevin Sylvester. The anthology features the works of 50 poets including J. Patrick Lewis, David L. Harrison, and Laura Purdie Salas.
Diana's poem/song "Oh Summer Books" appears in the recently released (March 2015) POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY: CELEBRATIONS, edited by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell. The anthology features poems in English and Spanish by 115 poets. It is available in a Teacher/Librarian Edition and a bilingual Student Edition, and there will be lots of activities and additional material online (stay tuned). A poem for every week of the year! Order on Amazon or QEP Books. For additional information, please visit Pomelo Books.