I’m a StoryMagician
I play with words
I arrange them in stories
So they can be heard.
I’m a StoryMagician
I imagine new worlds
I bring them to life
Like a shiny new pearl
I’m a StoryMagician
I’m awake! I’m aware!
I sit with my notebook
Writing stories to share.



Marsha Diane Arnold is an award-winning picture book author whose 21st book, Lights Out!, will be published in fall 2020. Her books have sold over one million copies!

Among Marsha’s honors are the Ridgeway Award for Best First Book, state Children’s Choice awards, IRA Distinguished Book, and Smithsonian Notable Book. Recently, her bilingual book Galápagos Girl was selected as a 2019 Bank Street Best Books of the Year, a Campoy-Ada honor book, and a 2019 Green Prize in Sustainable Literature. The media has referred to her as, “a born storyteller.” Educators have called her a “true literary artist” whose books show “warmth and respect for one’s self.”

Marsha grew up in Kansas, surrounded by wheat fields and dairy cows. When she married her husband, they moved to Sonoma County, California, where they raised their two amazing children. In 2015, they journeyed to Florida to be closer to their family. She’s lived on the West Coast, the East Coast, and in The Middle and has loved them all.

What does Marsha love most? She loves to be with her family. She also loves to visit schools and meet her young readers. She travels nationally and internationally as a presenter for schools and book festivals. And then there’s bicycling, swimming, gardening, and scuba diving! Plus reading and writing!

For more information about Marsha Diane Arnold, visit her at

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