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Children reading I've Got Eyes! by Julie Murphy & Hannah Tolson

Courtesy Louise Brooks, Teacher/Librarian, Qld, Australia

It's here!

I've got eyes! arrives in box

"I've Got Eyes!: Exceptional Eyes of the Animal World" by Julie Murphy & Hannah Tolson. Amicus Ink, USA. Released late August 2018

I've Got Eyes! and friend


"This is a publication not to be missed. Its beauty and expression should be part of every library, in every suitcase that travels out of Australia, and on every bookshelf, especially those of children.

I utterly and completely loved this book."

Thank you to Kids' Book Review for its review of My Australia.


Cover reveal!

Now it is starting to pop up on the internet, I am pleased to be able to reveal the gorgeous cover of my upcoming release, I've Got Eyes!:Exceptional Eyes of the Animal World, which is the follow-up to last year's I've Got Feet! This striking artwork is again by the very talented Hannah Tolson. I've Got Eyes! will be released by Amicus Ink in the USA in August 2018.

cover - I've got eyes!


Launching My Australia at Pictures and Pages Bookshop in Coburg (Melbourne) yesterday was a blast. Thanks to everyone who came along to celebrate, to Guest Speaker Barbara Champion, and to Lee & Sharon at P&P.

Reading at launch

April 23, 2018


The window display at Pictures & Pages Bookstore is looking mighty fine right now! See two posts down for info about the My Australia book launch this Sunday. And you're invited!

Window display at Pictures and Pages bookstore

16 April, 2018


"...an audial and visual celebration...The final words can be the beginning of something as magnificent as this country." 

Thanks to Barbara Braxton, Teacher-Librarian for this wonderful review of My Australia (appears on April 8 post).

Book Launch - My Australia
(NLA, 2018)

cvr - My Australia

You are invited to the My Australia Book launch:

Time: April 22 at 11am.

Place: Kindly hosted by the lovely Lee and Sharon at Pictures & Pages                        Bookshop, Shop 5, 411 Sydney Rd, Coburg (inside Foley's Mall)

Presenters:     Barbara Champion, Executive Director, Play Australia
                       Julie Murphy, Author

Children's activities, nibbles, book reading, sales and signings.

For further info, and to RSVP for catering purposes, click on this FB link.

Something special arrived in the mail today - hello beautiful new book!
My Australia (illustr. Garry Fleming),
NLA Publishing. To be released April 2018.

box of new books

Feb 1, 2018

Cover reveal!

My Australia - cover

This is the beautiful work of illustrator Garry Fleming. MY AUSTRALIA - a nonfiction picture book in verse - will be released by National Library of Australia Publishing in April 2018.

December 2017

" the perfect preschool introduction to zoology."
Thanks to Kids' Book Review for this latest review of I've Got Feet!


What a joy to be a presenter at the the last  SCBWI Vic meeting for 2017. My talk about Writing Children's Nonfiction was well received, the venue at the Docklands Library was stunning, and the chance to meet up with such talented friends and colleagues was great.

November 2017

SCBWI Vic presentation 2017


I am honored that I'VE GOT FEET! has joined such talented company in being nominated for the CYBILS Award 2017 for Elementary-Middle Grade Nonfiction.
October 2017


Many thanks to Ellen Jackson, children's author extraordinare, for this latest review of I've Got Feet! (Taken from Amazon.com)


"This wonderful picture book will charm young animal lovers. With colorful artwork and interesting facts on every spread, this is a title that will encourage young children to look at animals in new ways."

I was thrilled to read this lovely review of I've Got Feet! from Through The Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews. It is especially meaningful for me because the reivewer, Marya Jansen-Gruber, is a fellow zoology graduate and writer.

Remember, there's a free, downloadable Teacher's Guide

to go with I've Got Feet, packed with activities and puzzles connected to literacy, math, science and geography.

Cover image - I've got feet!