Marsha Diane Arnold (Author)

Marsha Diane Arnold is an award-winning picture book author with over a million books sold, from Neal Porter Books, Random House, Dial, Houghton Mifflin, Golden, Abrams, Tamarind UK, and Charlesbridge.  The media has called her a “born storyteller” and a “magician of literary innovations.” Her writing pathway began with the much-loved, award-winning newspaper column “homegrown treasures.”  Soon Marsha was writing for kids’ magazines and in 1995 came her first picture book, Heart of a Tiger, for which she won the Ridgway Award for Best First Book by a New Author. Other awards include Smithsonian Notable Book, state Children’s Choice awards, and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Her stories have been called “wacky,” “whimsical,” “inspiring,” “uplifting,” and “great read-alouds.”

Recent books include the 3 starred reviewed Lost. Found., A Welcome Song for Baby, Waiting for Snow, and the board books Baby Animals Take a Nap and Baby Animals Take a Bath.

Marsha enjoys speaking at conferences as well as visiting schools internationally, nationally, and through Skype, sharing her love of books and writing through presentations and writing “funshops.” She also writes a monthly blog at Children’s Book Academy and has created a Writing Wonderful Character-Driven Picture Books e-course.

When not creating imaginative worlds and wacky characters at her home in southwest Florida, Marsha enjoys traveling the world, gardening, scuba diving, reading to her grandchildren, and, like her characters, always trying new things.  To learn more about Marsha’s books or to contact her, visit