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Kelly Murphy in A Celebration of Beatrix Potter



Kelly Murphy was invited to be one of the 32 author/ilustrators contributing artwork to A Celebration of Beatrix Potter: Art and Letters by More Than 30 of Today's Favorite Children's Book Illustrators, edited by Beatrix Potter's historic publisher, Frederick Warne and Co.

"2016 marks the 150th birthday of Beatrix Potter, making it the perfect time to pay tribute to the beloved author/illustrator with A Celebration of Beatrix Potter!

With illustrious tales of characters like Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, and Jemima Puddle-Duck, Beatrix Potter established herself as one of the most cherished and influential author/illustrators of children's literature. To mark her milestone birthday, this gorgeous collection features beautiful illustrations of Potter's characters, as interpreted by well-known illustrators. Each illustration is accompanied by text from the artist explaining what that character means to them, making this a true celebration of Beatrix Potter."
Posted on November 1st, 2016See more news about Interviews and Features

Kelly Murphy in New Stories for Newtown



Kelly was honored to contribute artwork—her illustration Fairbanks—to the new book New Stories for Newtown: Words and pictures from the students of Newtown and their friends, a collaboration organized by Ross MacDonald and the C. H. Booth Library in Newtown, Connecticut. This initiative brought together talented young students from Newtown and professional author-illustrators such as Joe McKendry, Tony DiTerlizzi, Barbara McClintock, Jennifer Thermes and Lemony Snicket.
Posted on June 27th, 2016See more news about Interviews and Features

Kelly Murphy a 3x3 International Illustration Awards No. 13 winner



Kelly Murphy's interior illustrations for The Door by the Staircase (Disney Hyperion) are a winning series in 3x3 Magazine's International Picture Book Show No.13.
Posted on June 14th, 2016See more news about Awards, Chapter Books, 3x3 Magazine

Kelly Murphy in Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100 Posters from Around the World



Kelly Murphy was invited to contribute 2 posters of Shakespeare plays - The Tempest and Macbeth - to the authoritative book Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100 Posters from Around the World, written by Mirko Ilic and Steven Heller.

Presenting Shakespeare, published by Chronicle Books, collects 1,100 posters for professional stagings of Shakespeare's plays, designed by an international roster of artists representing 55 countries, from Japan to Colombia, India, Russia, Australia, and beyond.
Posted on October 13th, 2015See more news about Interviews and Features

Kelly Murphy a 3x3 Picture Book Show No. 12 winner



Kelly Murphy has 3 winning entries in 3x3 Magazine's International Picture Book Show No.12. Kelly's interior illustration for The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency (Book 1): The Case of the Missing Moonstone has earned Distinguished Merit while her cover illustration for Ship of Dolls has earned Merit.
Posted on June 12th, 2015See more news about Awards, Chapter Books, 3x3 Magazine

Kelly Murphy's new book: The Wollstone Craft Detective Agency



We are quite excited to announce the release of Kelly Murphy's new chapter book, The Case of the Missing Moonstone, written by Jordan Stratford and published by Knopf Books for Young Readers. This is the first book in a brand new series, The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, which stars Mary Shelley and Ada Lovelace as young, brave detectives.

Discover Kelly's illustrations for this project and learn more on the book's project page.
Posted on January 6th, 2015See more news about Book Releases, Chapter Books

Kelly Murphy in the 2014 Society of Illustrators 57th Annual Competition



Kelly Murphy's cover illustration for Ship of Dolls (written by Shirley Parenteau and published by Candlewick Press) is a winner in the Society of Illustrators' 57th Annual Competition.

Discover Kelly's illustrations for this project and learn more on the book's project page.
Posted on November 18th, 2014See more news about Awards, Society of Illustrators

Kelly Murphy's "The Miniature World of Marvin and James" and "Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters" in the 2014 Original Art show at the Society of Illustrators



Kelly Murphy's books The Miniature World of Marvin and James (Christy Ottaviano Books) and Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters (Candlewick Press) were selected by the Society of Illustrators's jury for its 2014 Original Art competition, celebrating the fine art of children's book illustration.
Posted on September 9th, 2014See more news about Awards, Society of Illustrators

Kelly Murphy's artwork in Muscle Shoals



Kelly Murphy's painting "Trail of Tears" can be seen in the acclaimed music documentary film Muscle Shoals, directed by Greg 'Freddy' Camalier and produced by Magnolia Pictures, featuring Rick Hall, The Swampers, Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Bono, Keith Richards and many more.



The painting appears during a sequence (11:30) in which Tom Hendrix, a descendant of the Yuchi tribe, tells the story of his American Indian great-great-grandmother's deportation from what is now known as Muscle Shoals, in 1839.

View the trailer for Muscle Shoals.
Posted on September 5th, 2014See more news about New Work

Kelly Murphy a 3x3 Picture Book Show No. 11 winner



Kelly Murphy has 3 winning entries in 3x3 Magazine's International Picture Book Show No.11.
Posted on June 20th, 2014See more news about Awards, 3x3 Magazine

Kelly Murphy, a Keynote Speaker at Austin SCBWI Conference



Kelly Murphy was honoured to be a keynote speaker at the Austin SCBWI' 2014 Writers and Illustrators Working Conference, which was held in Austin, TX, from February 7th to February 9th, 2014.
Posted on February 9th, 2014See more news about Artist Talks

Kelly Murphy in the SOI Illustrators 56 Exhibit



An original drawing from Kelly Murphy's new book The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail (written by Richard Peck) is exhibited in the Society of Illustrators's Illustrators 56 Book and Editorial show at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City.
Posted on February 7th, 2014See more news about Exhibits, Society of Illustrators

"The Miniature World of Marvin and James" is out in stores

The Miniature World of Marvin and James, a companion book to the acclaimed Masterpiece written by Elise Broach and illustrated by Kelly Murphy, is out in stores today, February 4th, 2014.

Discover Kelly's illustrations and learn more on the book's project page.






Posted on February 4th, 2014See more news about Book Releases, Chapter Books

Kelly Murphy in the 2013 Society of Illustrators 56th Annual Competition

An interior illustration from Kelly Murphy's new book The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail (written by Richard Peck) is a winner in the Society of Illustrators' 56th Annual Competition.

Discover Kelly's illustrations for this project and learn more on the book's project page.








Posted on November 18th, 2013See more news about Awards, Society of Illustrators

"Face Bug" on the 2014-15 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List

Kelly Murphy's picture book, Face Bug, written by United States Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and with photographs by Fred Siskind, is a 2014-2015 Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee. This is the second year in a row that one of Kelly's books is on this prestigious list, following Flying the Dragon's nomination for the 2013-14 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List.






Posted on October 26th, 2013See more news about Awards

"The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail" at the 2013 Original Art opening reception
at the Society of Illustrators



An original oil painting from Kelly Murphy's new book The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail (written by Richard Peck) exhibited in the Society of Illustrators's 2013 Original Art show at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City. To its left is a painting by good friend Robert Byrd, from his book Africa is My Home. A Child of the Amistad.
Posted on October 24th, 2013See more news about Exhibits, Society of Illustrators

"We Art Boston" Fundraising Event and Auction

Kelly Murphy is one of the illustrators contributing to this October's We Art Boston fundraiser. We Art Boston was conceived and organized by Brookline illustrator and friend Joe McKendry and his wife Susan, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

"We realized by the time we mobilized The One Fund would be closed. This was a way of helping," said McKendry, whose wife, Susan Hass McKendry joined the effort which kicks off with an auction October 11th and ends with a family event October 20th, on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

The more than 40 participating artists of We Art Boston honor the role of story time with a fundraiser featuring original works of art from some of the most beloved contemporary children's books. Proceeds benefit the Emergency and Trauma Fund at Boston Children's Hospital, providing physical and emotional care to families following sudden events, with the hope of helping every family feel a little safer when they go to sleep at night.

Kelly is one of four illustrators who will be onsite, creating stuffed animal portraits for visiting children, and is one of eleven illustrators (including Joe McKendry, David Macaulay, Eric Carle, Tony DiTerlizzi, Barbara McClintock and more) who created an original collaborative illustration of the words "We Art Boston" for the auction.

Posted on October 11th, 2013See more news about Exhibits

Anton and Cecil: Cats At Sea is a Junior Library Guild Selection

Kelly Murphy's latest chapter book, Anton and Cecil: Cats At Sea, has been awarded a "Junior Library Guild Selection" designation for Fall 2013.









Posted on September 5th, 2013See more news about Awards

Kelly Murphy's "Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters" a 3x3 Picture Book Show winner



Kelly Murphy's new picture book, Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters, written by Jane Yolen and published by Candlewick Press, is a 3x3 Picture Book Show No.10 winner, for the fourth year in a row.

Discover Kelly's illustrations and learn more on the book's project page.
Posted on August 21st, 2013See more news about Awards, 3x3 Magazine

Kelly Murphy's "The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail" in the 2013 Original Art show
at the Society of Illustrators

Kelly Murphy's new book The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail (written by Richard Peck) was selected by the Society of Illustrators's jury for its 2013 Original Art show. This is the third year in a row that Kelly's work has been awarded in this competition.

Discover Kelly's illustrations for this project and learn more on the book's project page.







Posted on August 20th, 2013See more news about Awards, Society of Illustrators

Kelly Murphy's 14th picture book, "Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters", is out in stores

Kelly Murphy's new picture book, Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters, written by Jane Yolen, is out in stores today, July 9th.

Discover Kelly's illustrations and learn more on the book's project page.






Posted on July 9th, 2013See more news about Book Releases, Picture Books

Kelly Murphy's new chapter book, "The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail", is out in stores

Kelly Murphy's new chapter book, The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail, written by Richard Peck, is out in stores today, July 2nd.

Discover Kelly's illustrations and learn more on the book's project page.







Posted on July 2nd, 2013See more news about Book Releases, Chapter Books

Kelly Murphy a 3x3 Magazine Spotlight Illustrator



Kelly Murphy is honored to be featured as a spotlight illustrator in 3x3 Magazine's Issue 21, alongside the talented Carlos Araujo, Ella Cohen, Andrea D'Aquino, Marta Madureira and Carey Sookocheff. Kelly is also included in this publication as a 3x3 Children's Show 9 winner for Behind The Bookcase.
Posted on June 1st, 2013See more news about Interviews and Features, 3x3 Magazine

Portraits for TEDMED 2013



As a member of RISD's Illustration Department faculty, Kelly Murphy participated in a large-scale collaborative illustration project for the TEDMED 2013 Conferences, art directing and creating illustrations for publication on the conferences' printed book programs, banners, and various other types of display at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Kelly created portraits of speakers Ashley Atkinson and Larry Brilliant.
Posted on April 16th, 2013See more news about New Work, Exhibits

Kelly Murphy at Society of Illustrators 55 in New York City



Kelly Murphy at the Awards Presentation and Gala for Illustrators 55, at the Museum of American Illustration in NY. Excited to be on the wall with Victo Ngai, Jon Foster and Alessandro Gottardo a.k.a. Shout.
Posted on February 1st, 2013See more news about Society of Illustrators, Exhibits

Kelly Murphy wins 2 Gold Awards from the Society of Illustrators of LA

Kelly Murphy received 2 gold awards from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, in the "Book" and "Children's Market" categories of its 51st annual competition, Illustration West 51. The winning illustrations are the cover for Behind The Bookcase (Book category) and an interior illustration of Secrets At Sea (Children's Market category). The cover of Secrets at Sea and another interior were also selected in the competition.




Posted on December 26th, 2012See more news about Awards, Society of Illustrators

Paintings and Backgrounds for Fat Louis Animation

Kelly Murphy created backgrounds and paintings for an animation promoting the new wines of Fat Louis French Wine. Kelly's artwork is seen, specifically, in the segment from 00:31 to 00:53, promoting the "Greetings From Paris" wine.







Posted on December 4th, 2012See more news about New Work

Kelly Murphy in Society of Illustrators 55

Kelly Murphy's cover for Behind The Bookcase was selected by the Society of Illustrators for their 55th Annual Exhibition. The illustration will be exhibited in the society's Editorial, Book and Advertising exhibition at the The Museum of American Illustration from January through March, 2013.








Posted on November 16th, 2012See more news about Awards, Society of Illustrators

Kelly Murphy in the Original Art Traveling Exhibition

Kelly Murphy's original art for Secrets At Sea was handpicked by the Society of Illustrators among the Original Art's winning entries for its select (40 out of 139 winning entries) Traveling Exhibition, which is a showcase celebrating children's book illustrators whose work is seldom seen outside the studio or publisher's office.







Posted on November 8th, 2012See more news about Exhibits, Society of Illustrators

Kelly Murphy's new chapter book, "Behind The Bookcase", is out in stores

Kelly Murphy's new chapter book, Behind The Bookcase, written by Mark Steensland, is out in stores today, October 9th.

Discover Kelly's illustrations and learn more on the book's project page.







Posted on October 9th, 2012See more news about Book Releases, Chapter Books

Kelly Murphy's "Secrets At Sea" in the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show 2012


Kelly Murphy's chapter book Secrets At Sea was selected by the Society of Illustrators to be featured in The Original Art 2012. The Original Art is an annual exhibit created to showcase illustrations from the year's best children's books published in the U.S. Its opening reception will be held on October 25th, 2012, at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City.
Posted on August 24th, 2012See more news about Awards, Exhibits, Society of Illustrators

Kelly Murphy in Highlights Foundation Advanced Illustrators Workshop



August 30 - September 3, 2012
Begins Aug. 30 with dinner at 6 p.m. (optional tour of HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN and Boyds Mills Press offered at 3 p.m.); ends Sept. 3 after lunch.

I'd like to announce a wonderful weekend I and several other talented illustrators will be attending. Are you interested in an illustrative retreat in the Pocono Mountains? Well, look no further. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me or the Highlights Foundation. Here's more about the late summer event.

"While your artwork is accomplished alone, it is only with guidance that an illustrator can begin to understand how to make it in today's picture-book world. Let one of today's top children's book illustrators be your guide. Explore the children's book market with them, learn new techniques, and enjoy the camaraderie of artists who understand your passion.

During this intensive, five-day workshop you'll immerse yourself in illustration-oil wash on board, printmaking, pen and ink, watercolors, and more. Daily hands-on workshops will challenge you to sharpen your illustration skills, all under the support and guidance of our highly talented mentors.

In addition to illustration techniques, you'll also explore:
  • dummy preparation
  • storyboarding
  • continuity
  • portfolio expectations
  • character development
  • self-promotion and
  • finding a market.
Your work will receive personal attention through one-on-one critiques from your mentors, group critiques with peers and guest art directors, and feedback from special guests at our portfolio showcase.

Conference Highlights
  • The Barn provides space for meeting and meals.
  • Support and guidance from carefully selected authors, illustrators, editors, and academics.
  • A unique opportunity to network with others in the children's literature business.
  • An intimate and inspiring setting in the Pocono Mountains.
  • Charming on-site lodging.
  • Farm-style meals prepared by a top-notch chef."
Sign up now! I am sure that spaces will go quickly. Hope to see you there!
Posted on July 23rd, 2012See more news about Artist Talks

Kelly Murphy's coming chapter book, "Behind The Bookcase", a 3x3 Magazine winner

Kelly Murphy's coming chapter book Behind The Bookcase, written by Mark Steensland, is a winner in the Children's Book category of 3x3 Magazine's Annual Competition No.9.









Posted on July 20th, 2012See more news about Awards, 3x3 Magazine, Chapter Books

Kelly Murphy's new chapter book, The Scorpions of Zahir, is out in stores

Kelly Murphy's new chapter book, The Scorpions of Zahir, written by Christine Brodien-Jones, is out in stores today, July 10th.

Discover Kelly's illustrations and learn more on the book's project page.







Posted on July 10th, 2012See more news about Book Releases, Chapter Books, New Work

Kelly Murphy in RISD ICONS



Kelly Murphy is one of the Rhode Island School of Design alumni chosen to be featured in the select exhibit RISD ICONS: A Legacy of Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, which will be held at RISD's Woods Gerry Gallery from June 12th to 25th, 2012, in conjunction with the ICON7 conference which is organized in Providence, RI, this year. The RISD ICONS show opening will be on June 13th.
Posted on June 3rd, 2012See more news about Exhibits

Kelly Murphy's new chapter book, "Alex and The Amazing Time Machine", is released

Kelly Murphy's new chapter book, Alex And The Amazing Time Machine, written by Rich Cohen, is out in stores today, May 8th.

Discover Kelly's illustrations and learn more on the book's project page.







Posted on May 8th, 2012See more news about Book Releases, Chapter Books

Gold and Bronze Awards from the Society of Illustrators of LA



I have received a Gold Award in the Book category of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles's 50th annual competition, Illustration West 50, for the illustration "The Lodge", created with Antoine Revoy, and a Bronze Award in the Children's Market category for the illustration The Princess and the Golden Fish. My cover for the The Unicorn's Tale was also selected in the Children's Market category.

An exhibit displaying the winning entries will be held at the Gallery Nucleus, where the awards will be announced and given to the winners on opening night of Illustration West 50, March 30th 2012 from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
Posted on March 30th, 2012See more news about Awards, Society of Illustrators

Awards and Accolades for Secrets At Sea

Secrets At Sea is garnering rave reviews and accolades, receiving 2 starred reviews, chosen as a Notable Children's Books of 2011 by the New York Times and featured in 8 lists of the 2011 Best Books for Children.

Learn more on this site's press page.






Posted on November 21st, 2011See more news about Awards

Kelly Murphy's new book, Secrets At Sea, is out in stores

Kelly Murphy's new chapter book, Secrets At Sea, written by Newbery medalist Richard Peck, is out in stores today, October 13th.

Discover Kelly's illustrations and learn more on the book's project page.







Posted on October 13th, 2011See more news about Book Releases, Chapter Books, New Work

Kelly Murphy wins a 3x3 Magazine Silver Award

Kelly Murphy is the winner of a Silver Award in the Editorial category of 3x3 Magazine's Annual Competition No.8 for her illustration The Princess and the Golden Fish.
Posted on August 12th, 2011See more news about Awards, 3x3 Magazine

"Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters" a 3x3 Magazine winner



Kelly Murphy's latest picture book Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters is a winner in the Children's Book category of 3x3 Magazine's Annual Competition No.8.
Posted on August 12th, 2011See more news about Awards, Picture Books, 3x3 Magazine

"Over At The Castle" in The Society of Illustrators Original Art Show 2011



Kelly Murphy's picture book Over At The Castle was selected by the Society of Illustrators for inclusion in the 2011 Original Art Show. Over At The Castle had also previously been selected by 3x3 Magazine's jury for publication in the magazine's Annual No.7 and 3x3 Children's Show.
Posted on August 8th, 2011See more news about Awards, Society of Illustrators, Picture Books

"Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters" available in stores today

Kelly Murphy's new picture book Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters is now available in stores! Learn more on the picture book page.








Posted on July 12th, 2011See more news about Book Releases, Picture Books

The Unicorn's Tale awarded a Junior Library Guild Selection

The Unicorn's Tale: Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book 4 has been awarded a "Junior Library Guild Selection" designation for Spring 2011.
Posted on July 6th, 2011See more news about Awards, Chapter Books, Nathaniel Fludd, BEASTOLOGIST

Masterpiece wins a Children's Crown Award

Kelly Murphy is the 2010-2011 winner of the National Christian School Association's Children's Crown Award as illustrator of Masterpiece.
Posted in June 2011See more news about Awards, Chapter Books, Masterpiece

"The Unicorn's Tale" available in stores today

The Unicorn's Tale: Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book 4The Unicorn's Tale: Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book 4, the fourth book in the "Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist" series written by R.L. LaFevers and illustrated by Kelly Murphy, is released today, April 4th, 2011!








Posted on April 4th, 2011See more news about Book Releases, Chapter Books, Nathaniel Fludd, BEASTOLOGIST

Society of Illustrators Book and Editorial Exhibit, Opening Reception

I will be attending the Awards Presentation and Gala for ILLUSTRATORS 53: Book and Editorial Categories which starts at 6:00 PM on Friday, February 4th, 2011. Please browse the full list of artists on exhibit at this prestigious Society of Illustrators event.
Posted on February 4th, 2011See more news about Exhibits, Society of Illustrators

Launch of nathanielfludd.com

I am pleased to announce the launch of nathanielfludd.com, a website dedicated to the chapter book series written by R. L. LaFevers, illustrated by my self and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Children, an imprint of HMH.

The site features an inside look at the making of the series as well as new interactive content in abundance: a deeper look at the Book of Beasts and Nathaniel's Sketchbook, the Fludd family tree and artwork sent by readers.
Posted on February 1st, 2011See more news about New Work, Nathaniel Fludd, BEASTOLOGIST

"The Lodge" Selected by The Society of Illustrators

My illustration "The Lodge", created in collaboration with Antoine Revoy for 'Haunted Houses (Are You Scared Yet?)', was selected by the Society of Illustrators in the Book category of its 53rd annual competition.

The illustration will be published in the society's 53rd Annual Book and the original will be presented at the Museum of American Illustration in its Book and Editorial Exhibit which will run from January 26 to February 19, 2011. The opening will be held on Friday, February 4, 2011.




Posted on November 30th, 2010See more news about Awards, Chapter Books, Society of Illustrators

Artist Talk at Boston College

I will be making a presentation at the What's New in Children's Books? conference held at Boston College. This annual half-day autumn workshop highlights the season's best new literary releases. This year's event also features Francisco Stork, Pat Keogh, Gail Hedges and Masterpiece author Elise Broach! The conference includes an exhibit of new books and a book sale and signing. Details:

Vanderslice Hall, Boston College

8:30 a.m.: Registration, coffee & book sale
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Program
Posted on November 13th, 2010See more news about Artist Talks, Book Signings, Masterpiece

'Haunted Houses (Are You Scared Yet?)' book signing at Barrington Books

Today I am signing various books among which 'Haunted Houses (Are You Scared Yet?)', with co-illustrator Antoine Revoy, at the Barrington Books 3rd Annual Children's Book Author & Illustrator Event. The book signing's details are:

Barrington Books
184 County Road
Barrington, RI 02806

From 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Posted on October 30th, 2010See more news about Book Signings

"The Wyverns' Treasure" available in stores today

Christopher Bing, Matt Tavares and I shall be at the Brush Art Gallery & Studios' Children's Book Illustrators Exhibition today for book signings and talks with visitors.

An eventful day as The Wyverns' Treasure, the third book in the "Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist" series written by R.L. LaFevers and illustrated by me, is released today as well!





Posted on October 2nd, 2010See more news about Exhibits, Book Releases, Chapter Books, Nathaniel Fludd, BEASTOLOGIST

Exceptional Children's Book Illustrators Exhibition



The outstanding Children's Book Illustrators Exhibition at the Brush Art Gallery & Studios (Lowell, MA) starts today. Please do note the updated and definitive lineup of artists: Christopher Bing, David Macaulay, Kelly Murphy, Matt Tavares and David Wiesner.
Posted on September 19th, 2010See more news about Exhibits

Kelly Murphy's artwork available for bidding at Gallery Nucleus

You can begin bidding online for an original illustration by Kelly Murphy created for a benefit auction in support of 826LA: "Eyewitness Reports!".








Posted on August 23rd, 2010See more news about Exhibits

Kelly Murphy's website in Web Design Index

The previous version of www.kelmurphy.com (v5) is featured in Web Design Index 9, the ninth volume in the classic series published by the pepin press (Netherlands), released today.
Posted on August 16th, 2010See more news about Interviews and Features

An Exceptional Children's Book Illustrators Exhibition

Meet and talk with award winning illustrators Christopher Bing, David Macaulay, Kelly Murphy, Matt Tavares, Chris Van Allsburg and David Wiesner, who will be signing books and taking part in a forum at the Brush Art Gallery & Studios in Lowell, MA at a unique reception held October 2nd, 2010.

The featured illustrators' original art will be exhibited at the gallery from September 19th to October 24th, 2010.
Posted on August 16th, 2010See more news about Exhibits, Artist Talks, Book Signings

'Haunted Houses (Are You Scared Yet?)' in stores today

'Haunted Houses (Are You Scared Yet?)', written by Robert D. San Souci and illustrated by Kelly Murphy and Antoine Revoy, is out in stores today.








Posted on July 20th, 2010See more news about Book Releases, Chapter Books

3x3 Magazine Annual No. 7 and Children's Show



Kelly Murphy's latest children's book Over At The Castle, as well as her children's magazine illustration Rap, Rap, Rap: The Drive, were selected by 3x3 Magazine's jury for the publication's Annual No.7 and 3x3 Children's Show.
Posted on July 1st, 2010See more news about Awards, Picture Books, 3x3 Magazine

The Basilisk's Lair in stores today

The Basilisk's Lair, the second book in the "Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist" series written by R.L. LaFevers and illustrated by Kelly Murphy, is now out in stores!









Posted on June 7th, 2010See more news about Book Releases, Chapter Books, Nathaniel Fludd, BEASTOLOGIST

Masterpiece climbing on the New York Times Best Sellers List

Masterpiece climbs to number 7 on the New York Times Best Sellers List, Children's Bestsellers, Paperback Books List!
Posted on June 6th, 2010See more news about Awards, Chapter Books, Masterpiece

Masterpiece climbing on New York Times Best Sellers List

Masterpiece is back on the New York Times Best Sellers List, Children's Bestsellers, Paperback Books, rising to number 8!
Posted on May 30th, 2010See more news about Awards, Chapter Books, Masterpiece

The Basilisk's Lair Book Signing at Harvard Square's Curious George & Friends

Just back from Manhattan, I will be signing the newest book in the "Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist" series, The Basilisk's Lair, with author R.L. LaFevers at the Harvard Square's famous Curious George & Friends store in Cambridge.

Curious George & Friends Books and Toys
1 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA, 02138
Posted on May 19th, 2010See more news about Book Signings, Chapter Books, Nathaniel Fludd, BEASTOLOGIST

"May Book Bonanza!"

Come down to see authors and illustrators ready to sign and talk about their latest books at Books of Wonder in New York City, May 16th, 2010, 1-3 PM:

Kate Feiffer & Diane Goode - 'But I Wanted a Baby Brother'
Maya Gottfried - 'Our Farm'
KELLY MURPHY - 'Over At The Castle'
Sherry North - 'Because I am Your Daddy'
Wendy Popp - 'Where the Sunrise Begins'
Gail Silver & Christine Kromer - 'Anh's Anger'
Posted on May 15th, 2010See more news about Book Signings, Artist Talks

Masterpiece on SSYRA Master List

Masterpiece has been chosen for inclusion on the 2010-2011 Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) master list of nominated titles.
Posted on May 15th, 2010See more news about Awards, Chapter Books, Masterpiece

Masterpiece on the New York Times Best Sellers List

Masterpiece is on the New York Times Best Sellers List!










Posted on April 25th, 2010See more news about Awards, Chapter Books, Masterpiece

"The Lodge" chosen by American Illustration

My illustration "The Lodge", created in collaboration with Antoine Revoy to illustrate the horror book 'Haunted Houses (Are You Scared Yet?)' by Robert San Souci and published by Christy Ottaviano Books (Henry Holt and Co.), was chosen by American Illustration in their 29th annual competition for feature on their website.







Posted on April 14th, 2010See more news about Awards, Chapter Books

Over At The Castle, in stores today

Over At The Castle, the second book created by Boni Ashburn and Kelly Murphy following the hit Hush, Little Dragon, is available in stores today!








Posted on March 1st, 2010See more news about Book Releases, Picture Books

Kelly Murphy at Gallery Della-Piana

Kelly Murphy's original illustrations and sketches from a various amount of children's books will be displayed at Wenham's Gallery Della-Piana.

Opening Saturday, February 27th from 4-6pm

Gallery Della-Piana
152R Main St
Wenham, MA 01984
(978) 468-1944

The show will be hanging from Feb 27 - Apr 24th.
Regular gallery hours are Thur-Sat 11-6pm.

Many pieces will be available for purchase!
Posted on February 27th, 2010See more news about Exhibits, Chapter Books, Picture Books

Star Review for Brand-New Baby Blues



Brand-New Baby Blues receives a Star review from School Library Journal:

"Oil, acrylic, and gel are used to create gentle hues. What makes this telling of the new brother/sister theme stand out is how well the verses are in sync with the illustrations, layout, and the characters' facial expressions. Great for sharing with a group or one-on-one."
Posted on February 1st, 2010See more news about Awards, Picture Books

The Basilisk's Lair is a Junior Library Guild Selection

The Basilisk's Lair has been awarded a "Junior Library Guild Selection" designation for Spring 2010.
Posted on January 22nd, 2010See more news about Awards, Chapter Books

Kelly Murphy in "The Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists At Work"

Kelly Murphy is featured in the "Concept" chapter of The Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists At Work by Michael Fleishman, which investigates the work of contemporary illustrators amongst which Fred Lynch, Marshall Arisman, John Hendrix, Marth Rich and Ann Smith.

"Drawing Inspiration is a one of a kind text for beginning illustrators. This book examines the relationship between academic and professional illustration through the ideas and first hand experiences of professional illustrators working in the field today. With hundreds of diverse hand-rendered and digital images, readers can explore a world of illustration that has no limits. While learning the fundamentals and basic principles of illustration, readers will also gain insight on how these concepts can be used in the professional world. Drawing Inspiration will not only educate readers, but it will also inspire them to reach their full artistic potential."
Posted on January 8th, 2010See more news about Interviews and Features

Brand-New Baby Blues, in stores

Brand-New Baby Blues, written by Newbery Honor author Kathi Appelt and illustrated by Kelly Murphy, is at long last available in stores today!








Posted on December 29th, 2009See more news about Book Releases, Picture Books

Kelly Murphy at Chemers Gallery

I will be in Tustin, CA, at the Chemers Gallery as a featured artist in their 18th Annual Children's Book Illustrators' Show & Signing, along with Ronald Himler, Rafael Lopez, Kristina Swarner and Lee White. The show will benefit the wooden floor (previously known as Saint Joseph Ballet), providing hope and opportunity through dance, academic and family programs.
Posted on December 5th, 2009See more news about Exhibits, Book Signings, Artist Talks

Kelly Murphy creates Cricket Magazine cover

I created the cover of Cricket Magazine's November/December 2009 issue, inspired by "far off places" and was invited to engage in discussions with readers and answer their questions on Cricket Magazine's website's author & artist corner.






Posted on November 1st, 2009See more news about New Work, Interviews and Features

The Flight Of The Phoenix earns "Junior Library Guild Selection" designation

The Flight Of The Phoenix (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist Series) has been awarded a "Junior Library Guild Selection" designation for Fall 2009.
Posted on September 28th, 2009See more news about Awards, Chapter Books

Kelly Murphy wins E.B. White Read Aloud Award

Masterpiece, illustrated by Kelly Murphy, received the 2009 E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers!

The E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, established in 2004 by the Association of Booksellers for Children, honor books that reflect the universal read aloud standards that were created by the work of the author E.B. White in his classic books for children: Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan.





Posted on June 14th, 2009See more news about Awards, Chapter Books, Masterpiece

Masterpiece earns "Junior Library Guild Selection" designation

Masterpiece has been awarded a "Junior Library Guild Selection" designation for Fall 2008.
Posted on February 9th, 2009See more news about Awards, Chapter Books, Masterpiece

Masterpiece in stores

Masterpiece (Henry Holt), written by Elise Broach and illustrated by Kelly Murphy, hits stores!










Posted on September 30th, 2008See more news about Book Releases, Chapter Books, Masterpiece

Kelly Murphy solo show at the Danforth Museum



Solo show and book signing at the Danforth Museum. Come enjoy the city wide festivities in Framingham, MA. Original paintings of The Boll Weevil Ball are on view from May 12th to August 15th.
Posted on June 1st, 2008See more news about Exhibits, Book Signings, Artist Talks, Picture Books

The Boll Weevil Ball book signing



The Boll Weevil Ball (Henry Holt and Company) book signing at Books of Wonder, NYC. Saturday 12-2PM.
Posted on May 31st, 2008See more news about Book Signings, Artist Talks, Picture Books