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"Marsha brought books to life for our children! The teachers said she was the best author we’ve ever had!"

That's Missouri librarian Beth Smith talking about Marsha Diane Arnold, an award-winning author whose books include HEART OF A TIGER, THE PUMPKIN RUNNER, PRANCING, DANCING LILY, and QUICK, QUACK, QUICK. Her ROAR OF A SNORE, a fun-loving rhyming tale of the search for an ear-splitting snore, has twice been selected for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. It received a starred review in School Library Journal and Kirkus writes: "rhythm, rhyme, repetition and a charming surprise ending (with an amusing coda) make this a likely winner."

Among Marsha’s many honors are Ridgeway Award for Best First Book, state Children’s Choice awards, IRA Distinguished Book, and Smithsonian Notable Book. The media has referred to her as "a born storyteller" and "the writer of children’s books adults can’t wait to read to their kids and grandkids." Educators have called her a "true literary artist" whose books show "warmth and respect for one’s self."

Marsha travels nationally and internationally as a speaker for schools, conferences, and young author festivals. She weaves storytelling, information on the writing/revision process, and a humorous/engaging slideshow into one entertaining, informational, and inspirational presentation. Teachers have called her presentations "enlightening"and "right on target with student age levels."

Marsha’s vision is to show students the fun of reading and writing and to inspire them to follow their own unique visions and dreams. One educator said, "Marsha gave the kids the juicy bits they need to read, write, and draw in their own ways."

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