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Diana Murray Luke Flowers Unicorn Day reading

Reading UNICORN DAY with Luke Flowers at The Story Shop in Georgia, 2022.

Diana Murray Luke Flowers Unicorn Day puppet
Diana Murray Cupcake Festival Unicorn Day reading

Diana Murray reading UNICORN DAY at the Virginia Cupcake Festival, 2023


Amazon Best Book of the Year (2022)


Amazon Best Books of the Month (8/2016, 2/2020, 6/2021, 7/2022)

ILA/CBC Children's Choice Reading List 2020

Indiebound National Bestseller 2019

Book Depository Best Children's Books of 2019

Goodreads Choice Finalist 2019

2019 Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award for Beginning Fiction

Jr. Library Guild Selection (2016, 2020)

2016 SCBWI Magazine Merit Honor for the poem, "Baxter the Cleaning Dog" (Highlights, April 2015)

2014 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for

the poem, "Ocean Beach", illustrated by Kevin Zimmer (Highlights, August 2013).

2013 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for the poem, "Sandy Surprise" (Clubhouse Jr., August 2012), illustrated by Patrice Barton.

2013 SCBWI Magazine Merit Honor for her poem, "Unwelcome to Opposite Island" (Highlights for Children, July 2012), which featured a full-spread illustration by John O'Brien.

2010 SCBWI Barbara Karlin Grant for her rhyming picture book manuscript--an early version of GRIMELDA, THE VERY MESSY WITCH. You can read more about her experience here: "PiBoIdMo Success Story" (Tara Lazar's blog).

Diana Murray Chappaqua Book Festival

2023: Chappaqua Children's Book Festival (NY); Reading at a local library; and Cecil County Children's Book Festival (MD)

Diana Murray Author Reading Mermaid Day
Diana Murray author book festival

Reading NED THE KNITTING PIRATE and GRIMELDA THE VERY MESSY WITCH at Luna Park's "Halloween Harvest" in Coney Island, NY October 2017, 2018

diana murray highlights foundation picture book workshop

In Fall 2019, Diana Murray lead a Highlights Foundation online workshop entitled: Getting To Know Your Rhyming Picture Book. Fellow faculty at the retreat included Tara Lazar, Jake Bazel, Nikki Garcia (editor), and Courtney Pippin-Mathur.

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