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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Terri Murphy  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Illustrator

Audience: Children;

Born:


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-- Website -- http://terrimurphyart.com
-- Terri Murphy on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=terri+murphy


Illinois Connection

Murphy was raised in Chicago and attended The American Academy of Art in Chicago. She works in Prospect Heights.

Biographical and Professional Information

Terri Murphy is an illustrator for children’s books, magazines and educational materials. In addition to illustrating children’s media, Terri divides her time as a part-time children’s librarian at the Prospect Heights Public Library and the Illinois Illustrators Network coordinator for SCBWI. In 2010, she began a venture of facilitating traveling art workshops for kids, where she takes what she’s learned in the studio and applies it to children’s art projects. She has presented Young Artists Workshops to library groups, art camps, and at senior centers.In 2013, Murphy was the premier artist for the Illinois Library Association’s iREAD summer reading program in all three categories, youth, young adult and adults. Her art was featured in all Illinois libraries, and on U.S.A. military base libraries in 24 countries. Her work was highlighted again for the Illinois Library Association's 2018 iREAD Children's poster.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Dance y'all, Dance
ISBN: 1933979658

Bright Sky Press. 2010

Telling the story of one perfect night when Sallie, Beau, and their family and friends dropped their cares and came together for some foot-tapping action, this rollicking tale re-creates the excitement of the dance hall. Set in the not-too-distant past, the story reveals the dance hall as the hub of the community in rural areas, a place where people of all ages gathered together to share news, enjoy each other's company, and support each other in trying times.

One Day I Went Rambling
ISBN: 1936474069

Bright Sky Press. 2012

When Zane goes rambling, his friends call him crazy and refuse to play along. When he finds a shining star, it doesn't bother him when his friends try to tell him it's just a hubcap. Undaunted, Zane uses his finds to create a secret project that piques his friends' curiosity. After watching him ramble around the neighborhood, finding magic in the ordinary, his friends are eventually drawn into his imaginative game. Through the book's art, attentive readers will see that Zane is using his finds to create a pirate ship, and once his friends realize what he's up to, even the most skeptical realists join the fun and sail the afternoon away. Zane's imagination sees the cowpoke's lasso in a piece of vine, the pirate's golden ring in an old pop top, and many other treasures that have been stolen from today's children by electronic entertainment. Rambling enforces the joy of imaginative play.

The Ten Plagues - Arch Books
ISBN: 0758608756

Concordia Publishing. 2006

When the Lord sent the ten plagues to Egypt, He was showcasing His power to Pharaoh. When Pharaoh hardened his heart, he was exposing his sin. This story offers a great opportunity to remind children that God keeps HIs promises and protects those that love Him.


First published in 1964, Arch Books captivate children with colorful pictures and creative poems. Each book presents a complete Bible story in a fun-to-read way that children ages 5-9 will understand and remember. Known for their biblical and historical accuracy, Arch Books are accessible, engaging, affordable, and collectible-perfect for assisting teachers and parents as they teach children the Bible and how God works in all aspects of life.

The Centurion at the Cross - Arch Book (Arch Books)
ISBN: 0758612605

Concordia Publishing. 2007

The story of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, told through the eyes of the centurion. Though he was as guilty as anyone for the death of Jesus that day, Jesus forgave him, and children will see that Jesus forgives them of their transgressions.


First published in 1964, Arch Books captivate children with colorful pictures and creative poems. Each book presents a complete Bible story in a fun-to-read way that children ages 5-9 will understand and remember. Known for their biblical and historical accuracy, Arch Books are accessible, engaging, affordable, and collectible-perfect for assisting teachers and parents as they teach children the Bible and how God works in all aspects of life.

Climb Inside a Poem for Children Big Book of Poems
ISBN: 0325017212

FIRSTHAND. 2007

Climb Inside a Poem: Original Poems for Children The poetry anthology, Climb Inside a Poem: Original Poems for Children, uses the writings of contemporary children's poets, whimsical illustrations, and an expansive big book format (14"x18") to create a 36-page poetry playground. The children's poems crafted expressly for this collection are written by acclaimed children's authors.

Climb Inside a Poem: Reading and Writing Poetry Across the Year
ISBN: 032500983X

FirstHand. 2007

Children are natural poets. They speak poetry all day long. They say wonderful poetic gems that surprise and delight us and help us look at the world in a new way. In Climb Inside a Poem: Reading and Writing Poetry Across the Year, Georgia Heard and Lester Laminack tap into this natural inclination and demonstrate how reading and writing poetry can also support and extend young children's language and literacy development. Through an anthology of original children's poems and related lessons, Georgia and Lester describe how to weave poetry into the fabric of a school day by reading a variety of poems for a variety of purposes. Building on these experiences, children then engage in a formal unit of study on writing poetry.

Climb Inside a Poem
has three components.
  • The poetry anthology, Climb Inside a Poem: Original Poems for Children, uses the writings of contemporary children's poets, whimsical illustrations, and an expansive big book format (14"x18") to create a 36-page poetry playground.
  • Lessons for Climb Inside a Poem provides a five-day sequence of lessons for each poem in the anthology. Through repeated readings and by accessing the poems from multiple perspectives, these lessons model how poetry can be used to support basic concepts in print, develop word awareness, expand reading and writing fluency, and help children write with feeling and voice.
  • Reading and Writing Poetry Across the Year takes a broad view of poetry and considers how poems can be used to reinforce and extend a literacy curriculum. Organized into three separate sections, the minilessons in this guide offer tips for outfitting and organizing classrooms where poetry can flourish highlight a variety of reading strategies that immerse children in the words and music of poetry and present a complete unit of study for writing poetry.


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Information Contact Terri at terri@terrimurphyart.com