A "born storyteller" is how the media describes Marsha Diane Arnold. Marsha describes herself as a "late bloomer". She grew up on a farm in Kansas and attended a two-room country schoolhouse. Her favorite activity was reading; she loved borrowing books from Mr. Donaldson's 4th-8th grade room. But she didn't start writing until she began to chronicle the daily adventures of her two young children. This led her to a weekly newspaper column, "homegrown treasures", which three times won Best Local Columnist awards from the California Newspaper Association.
HEART OF A TIGER, Marsha's first book, won the Ridgway Award for best first book by a new author. Since then she's written ten more picture books and early readers. The media has also referred to her as "the writer of children's books adults can't wait to read to their kids and grandkids." Awards include Smithsonian Notable, IRA Distinguished book and state Children's Choice awards. Currently, Marsha is working on a chapter book and has a novel on the back burner. She is known, not only as an award-winning author, but as a powerhouse speaker.
Marsha has recently been invited to be part of "Artists in the BackCountry". She is the only children's author ever to be invited. This Sequoia Parks Foundation arts initiative invites a "cadre of exceptional artists" to participate in a one week summer residency in the backcountry of Sequoia or Kings Canyon National Parks. One of the goals of ABC is to expose new audiences to work created by professional artists, in order to encourage youth to explore their own artistic sensibilities
I always loved to read, but never thought about being a writer until my two young children inspired me. My first writing was a syndicated newspaper column entitled "homegrown treasures". It won a Best Local Columnist award from the California Newspaper Association three times.
Authors who have inspired me include J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Eva Ibbotson, and Kate Dicamillo.
I am currently working on a chapter book, a picture book, and my first middle-grade novel.
I have sold all eleven of my books on my own.
Penguin - Dial Books for Young Readers,
Scuba diving, hiking, bird watching, gardening, traveling, line dancing, singing, horseback riding
Defenders of Wildlife, International Wolf Center, World Wildlife Fund, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Public Broadcasting
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