Picture Books: FICTION + Narrative Non-Fiction

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"It's all about telling a good Story..." 

~ Patricia J. Murphy


Whether I am writing fiction or narrative nonfiction, it’s ALL about telling a GREAT STORY. More specifically, it’s about picking and choosing, and weaving together facts in a compelling, lyrical, and original way to tell the best story you can—and only you can, and a story that will resonate with the hearts of your readers.

Like Mark Twain once said, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” I would also say (and do say in countless school visits), it’s a whole lot of fun to write, too.

Research is crucial to EVERYTHING I write—fiction and nonfiction. Without the most accurate, up-to-date information, and digging for rare jewels and gems of information—and lesser-known facts—you really can’t write anything worth reading.

The research I do includes reading everything I can get my mitts on about my subjects (e.g., primary and secondary resources), interviewing the world’s leading experts and authorities, and exploring first-hand experiences to add richness and authenticity to my books, stories, magazines, poems, songs, and more.

Here are a few samples: 

Discovering Underwater Secrets... (1)

Discovering Underwater Secrets... (2) 

Earning Money                               

Moving (sample) (2.0MB)       

Divorce (sample) (1.3MB)   

Mnemonic for Plant Parts (1.5MB) 

Mnemonic for Butterfly Stages (1.1MB) 


Below are  just few of my fiction and narrative non-fiction picture books. For my complete list of publications, click here.