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Marsha Diane Arnold's New Site

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.

Arrange A Visit!

Marsha's Services

Award-winning children's author Marsha Diane Arnold is available to visit your school, coach you as a writer, or review your work-in-progress.


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)
A one day visit of up to 4 presentations and autographing has a usual honorarium of $950, plus transportation and lodging if more than 100 miles from her home.
Contact Marsha at marshaoak@mac.com to learn more or schedule a visit.


Marsha does manuscript consultations for picture books for $200. This includes line editing, notes on concept/theme, plus a one hour video or phone discussion. Contact her at marshaoak@mac.com.


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



A Selection

Marsha's Books Include:

Here are just a few of Marsha's favorite books. Click on any of the titles below to learn more or link to an online store to order your own copy!


Visit Marsha's author page on Amazon to see all her titles that are available for purchase!