THIS JUST IN! Diana Murray recently sold a new picture book to Little, Brown. CITY SHAPES sold at auction in a two-book deal and is scheduled for publication in Spring 2016. It will be illustrated by three-time Caldecott Honor winner and Coretta Scott King Book Award-winner Bryan Collier!
You can see further details in the August 11th, 2014 issue of Publishers Weekly.
Diana Murray's other forthcoming picture books include NED THE KNITTING PIRATE: A SALTY YARN (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan, Winter 2016) and GRIMELDA, THE VERY MESSY WITCH (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, Summer 2016), plus a sequel. The illustrator for GRIMELDA will be the fabulous Heather Ross.
Diana Murray 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 Murray's poems in magazines include:
"Unwelcome to Opposite Island", Highlights, July 2012
"Sandy Surprise", Clubhouse Jr., August 2012
"Greenfoot Gus", Highlights High Five, September 2012, illustrated by the talented Jennifer A. Bell
"The Grumpy Hiker", Highlights, October 2013 (READ IT NOW on the Highlights website)
"Yummy Noodles", Highlights High Five, November 2013
"Mystery Dinner", Spider, April 2013, illustrated by the awesome Bats Langley
"Ocean Beach", Highlights, August 2013
"Four Fun Chicks", Highlights Hello, Vol. 2, #3, (Spring 2014)
"Firefly Wishes", Highlights High Five, September 2014
"Flying", Highlights High Five
"Dance Time", Highlights High Five
"Baxter, the Cleaning Dog", Highlights
"Silly Tilly's Garden", Highlights
"Automatic Baseball Hat", Highlights
"Trucks at Work", Highlights Hello
"Ten Cures for Writer's Waiteritis with Diana Murray" (guest post on Laura Sassi's blog)
"Write Like a 'Top Chef' with Diana Murray" (guest post on Laura Sassi's blog)
"Idea Mash-up" (guest post on Tara Lazar's blog for PiBoIdMo 2012)
PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) is a fun annual event hosted on Tara Lazar's blog. Picture book writers and illustrators are challenged to come up with thirty ideas in thirty days.
"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)
Diana Murray 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'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.
In 2010, Diana participated in a fundraiser called, "Critters Against Cancer", which was hosted on Jenni Bielicki's blog.