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Marsha Diane Arnold

Called a “born storyteller” by the media, Marsha Diane Arnold’s award-winning picture books have sold over one million copies and been called, “heartwarming,” “whimsical,” “uplifting,” and “great read-alouds.” Her books have garnered honors like Best First Book by a New Author, Smithsonian Notable, and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Her recent bilingual Galápagos Girl’s honors include Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, Campoy-Ada honor book, and the 2020 Little Read Lakeshore Community Read. Badger’s Perfect Garden’s honors include the Growing Good Kids Excellence in Children's Literature Award. Marsha’s primary joys are family, books, and nature, which are reflected in her books.


Take a Run with THE PUMPKIN RUNNER

Marsha’s Smithsonian Notable book THE PUMPKIN RUNNER is still “running” strong after 22 years in print. Come explore how ultra-marathoner Cliff Young inspired a nation with his good heart, sharing spirit, and perseverance. We'll also explore writing fiction stories inspired by real people, places, and events.

Marsha Diane Arnold

45 Minute Program

You’re a Story Magician!

Each of you have stories to tell or write or draw, so let’s get started! Through word games from Marsha’s popular “Funshops” we will get warmed up. Then Marsha will read one of her stories, provide story prompts for a magical story of your own, and share her much-loved Storymagician Chant.

Marsha Diane Arnold

45 Minute Program

Walk Through My Stories about Patience, Community, and Inclusion

Celebrate a birthday or any special day with Marsha, Hedgehog, Badger, Bear, Raccoon, and more! Come meet an assortment of woodland creatures and learn about patience, community, and inclusion through their stories.

Marsha Diane Arnold

30 Minute Program

Learning through Nature - Swimming with Penguins, Searching for Night

Does your child or classroom love wildlife, especially unique wildlife? Come on an adventure to the Galápagos Islands, where we'll discuss the amazing animals that live there, as well as explore the life of biologist Valentina Cruz, who was born and raised on one of the remote islands. We'll touch on the challenges facing the Galápagos animals,…

Marsha Diane Arnold

45 Minute Program

Called a “born storyteller” by the media, Marsha Diane Arnold’s award-winning picture books have sold over one million copies and been called, “heartwarming,” “whimsical,” “uplifting,” and “great read-alouds.”

Long a popular presenter at schools, Marsha has traveled to places as far-flung as Germany, Puerto Rico, and Kansas to share her love of books and writing. Currently she is traveling virtually, speaking with young readers from India to Canada to Texas. Librarian Todd McDonald calls her a “natural, down-to-earth storyteller who easily keeps student’s attention.” Jackie Baumgartner called Marsha’s visit a “Big Vivid” - a learning experience and memory kids will carry with them forever.” Fourth grader Jasmine adds, “When I think about her books, it’s like I’m in a magical place.”

Marsha also enjoys helping new authors through manuscript consultations and her Writing Wonderful Character-Driven Picture Book e-course. Rebecca Greene writes, “Marsha is an incredibly talented editor – caring and generous with her time - who goes above and beyond for her clients. Working with her was an amazing experience! My manuscript now shines and it’s all because of Marsha’s expert skills.” Eleven-year-old Carolyn says, “You inspired my friend and I to write a book. We keep thinking of ideas. I have already written half a book!”

Growing up on the Kansas prairies, Marsha lived in Northern California for most of her life. Now she lives with her husband in southwest Florida, near the Caloosahatchee River and her daughter’s family, and only a "short" drive from her son’s family in Connecticut. Besides creating stories, her favorite activities are scuba diving and snorkeling, hiking, traveling, gardening, and climbing trees.

You may learn more about Marsha, her books, and her world, at www.marshadianearnold.com

Check out Marsha Diane online:

Badger's Perfect Garden

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May I Come In?

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Galápagos Girl/Galapagueña

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Lights Out

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Mine. Yours.

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The Pumpkin Runner

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Baby Animals Take a Nap

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Baby Animals Take a Bath

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Waiting for Snow

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Lost. Found.

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