Welcome to the World of StoryMagician


“Way out in a mysterious land, there lives a magical woman named Marsha Diane Arnold. Known to many children of the land, Arnold is a magician of literary innovations, which is to say that she is a writer. Arnold’s stories are funny, and exciting, and make you feel stuff. What’s especially wonderful about her books is their underlying attitude of affection and respect…”
- David Templeton

Called a “born storyteller” by the media, Marsha Diane Arnold’s picture books have sold over one million copies and been called, “whimsical,” “inspiring,” and “uplifting.” Her books have garnered such honors as Best First Book by a New Author (Heart of a Tiger), Smithsonian Notable (The Pumpkin Runner), Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (Roar of a Snore), and state Children’s Choice awards. Recent books include May I Come In? and Lost. Found., a Junior Library Guild book illustrated by Caldecott winner Matthew Cordell, which received three starred reviews. Her bilingual Galápagos Girl was published in September 2018.


Create a BIG VIVID memory at your school or event.

Big Vivid memories can inspire children to aspire and to want to read more and write better. My author visits have been called informative, inspirational, and entertaining, “meeting the needs of all ages.”

“Marsha Diane Arnold’s visit was a ‘Big Vivid’ that teachers, students and community members still remember and talk about today. It left us all richer for the experience.” (Jackie Baumgartner, library media specialist)

You may book me or request info about school visits and other events by contacting me directly. 


Marsha does manuscript consultations for picture books. This includes line editing, notes on concept/theme/arc, plus a one hour video or phone discussion. Click here to learn about fees and availability.


You can also learn from Marsha at Children’s Book Academy with her Writing Wonderful Character-Driven Picture Books course. Visit https://www.childrensbookacademy.com/writing-character-driven-stories.html

``Arnold talks in stories like it's a native language. If you ask her a question, the answer is likely to be a story. Some of these stories are short, but jam-packed with drama--while others are so long and full and rich they deserve to become books of their own. She appears to be unaware when she's doing it, and the stories keep spilling out as effortless and easy as water from a tap.”
- David Templeton