Sally Murphy

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Sally Murphy
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Born (1968-09-02) September 2, 1968 (age 48)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation Author
Genre Children's Literature

Sally Murphy (born 1968) is an Australian children’s author and poet, who has had thirty books published, including verse novels, picture books, and educational titles.


Sally Murphy was born in Perth, the youngest of six children, and grew up in the southwest town of Collie. She started writing stories at a young age, entering local writing competitions throughout her childhood. After leaving school she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Western Australia and a Teaching Diploma at Edith Cowan University. She has worked as a teacher of high school English, and a range of primary school subjects including music, and also in other jobs including running a tourist information centre and working in local government.

Her first book, a book of printable educational activities, Speak Out, was published by Ready Ed Publications in 1997. Since then she has had thirty books published, including verse novels Pearl Verses the World (2009) and Toppling (2010), picture books, junior novels and educational titles.


Verse novels[edit]

  • Pearl Verses the world
  • Toppling, illustrated by Rhian Nest James (2010)

Picture books[edit]

  • Snowy’s Christmas, illustrated by David Murphy (2009)
  • Pemberthy Bear, illustrated by Jacqui Grantford (2006)
  • The Floatingest Frog, illustrated by Simon Bosch (2004)

Chapter books[edit]

  • The Big Blowie, illustrated by Craig Longmuir (2008)
  • R is for Rolf, illustrated by Trevor Pye (2006)
  • Bugged, illustrated by Stephen Axelsen (2006)
  • Stuck, illustrated by Stephen Axelsen (2006)
  • Doggy Duo, illustrated by Teresa Culkin-Lawrence (2003)

Educational titles[edit]

  • Two Tricky Tales
  • Marty’s Birthday
  • Buzzy Fly
  • Be Careful
  • Remember Me
  • Over the Fence
  • Sonoran Desert Animals
  • The Extraordinary House
  • Icecream
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
  • Desert critters
  • Frogs: Awesome Amphibians
  • Aussie Authors
  • Aussie Authors 2
  • Writing the News
  • Speak Out
  • Speak Up
  • Spellbound
  • The Book Book
  • Assembly: Poems to perform

Awards and nominations[edit]

Pearl Verses the World[edit]


  • 2010 CBCA Publications Short List Information

External links[edit]