“Murrow strikes a tone that is both earnest and good-humored as these royals audaciously rewrite the rules.” — Publishers Weekly starred review

Vita Murrow is an Author, Educator and Artist. Her experience spans leading literacy programs, classroom teaching and educational T.V. and film. She holds an M.S Ed in Teaching and Literacy from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City, and a BFA in Photography and Video Art from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She is an alumnus of the Aardman Animation Industry Academy’s highest-level courses.

Vita is the author of nine books for children that centre progressive values, interrogate matters of inclusion and representation, and foster connection and uplift art. Her recent feminist fairy tale retellings “High Five to the Hero” & “Power to the Princess” were celebrated as “Brilliant.” By Kirkus Reviews. Vita’s recent title “Sterling” from her series “True Stories of Animal Heroes” won a 2023 Renaissance Quiz Writers Choice Award. Together with her husband Artist Ethan Murrow, Vita is the co-creator of the short film “Dust,” (official selection in the 46th annual New York Film Festival). The Murrows’ children’s book debut, “The Whale”, was nominated for a CILIP Greenway Medal. Their recent title “Zero Local” was nominated for a 2021 ALSC Notable Children’s Book award and received a 2021 Massachusetts Book Award Honor.

Vita's Featured Titles

Talala: The curious leopard cub who joined a lion pride (True Stories of Animal Heroes)

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books |
Children’s

In this new series, based on real-life animal tales, discover that not all heroes wear capes – some have four legs, a wet nose, and a brave heart. Big or small, fall in love with animal friends who have lived truly wild lives.

Read about Talala, the curious leopard cub, who lived with lions. When Talala found herself the sole survivor of her pack in Gir National Park, she began a quest to find a new family.

Talala tried the owl family, but she didn’t understand their language. Then the antelope family, who ate blossoms – yuck. And then the alligator hatchlings, who didn’t play the same games as Talala at allFinally, she spied the lion family… Would Talala be the heart of their pride? Would she find her fit?

This heartwarming story has a fact section at the back, so you can learn more about big cats and how you can help them. Adorable illustrations from Alexandra Finkeldey will make you want to hug the page.

Other titles in the series are Onyx, based on the reintroduction of wolves of Yellowstone Park. Fluffles, the koala who held strong through a bushfire. And Sterling, the moose who showed that love has no borders.

Immerse yourself and your children in this touching tale of family, acceptance and finding your own place, which we can all learn from.

Sterling: The lovestruck moose with a heart for cows (True Stories of Animal Heroes)

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books |
Children’s

In this new series, based on real-life animal tales, discover that not all heroes wear capes – some have four legs, a wet nose, and a brave heart, like Sterling, the moose who fell in love.

Read about Sterling, the silly moose, who loved cows. It was the time of disco and flower crowns. The heartbeat of the era reached Sterling, the 1,000 pound moose in his woodsy marsh in Canada.

His marsh stood by a dairy farm, which was lucky, as Sterling was obsessed with cows. He broke the farmer’s fence, ran with them in the paddock, andmade new friends – he didn’t want to leave! But the farmer wasn’t so happy with Sterling… Would he find his way back to his beloved cows?

This heartwarming story has a fact section at the back, so you can learn more about moose and how you can help them. Stunning nature scenes from Laivi Poder will make you want to dive into the page.

Also in the series is Onyx, based on the reintroduction of wolves of Yellowstone Park. Fluffles, the koala who held strong through a bushfire. And Talala, the leopard cub who found her own family.

A tale of friendship and bravery despite the odds, this tale will make you laugh and may even bring a tear to your eye.

Once Upon Our Planet: Rewild bedtime with 12 stories

Magic Cat Publishing |
Children’s

From the internationally best-selling storyteller, Vita Murrow, this illustrated treasury brings together a dozen original stories set in some of the last true wildernesses in the world, from the Arctic to the Amazon.

Weaving established mythology with original storytelling, these epic earth tales tell of courage, friendship, and persistence, and explore our finely balanced relationship with Planet Earth.

Onyx: The Wolf Who Found a New Way to be a Leader (True Stories of Animal Heroes)

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books |
Children’s

In this new series, based on real-life animal tales, discover that not all heroes wear capes – some have four legs, a wet nose, and a brave heart. Big or small, fall in love with animal friends who have lived truly wild lives.

Read about Onyx, the wolf pup, who was the runt of the litter. Although he was bullied by his siblings for being the smallest and scruffiest, Onyx knew that he could lead a pack better than anyone. As he grew up, he learned to resolve conflict, becoming a step-dad to another family of wolves who had lost their alpha. But it all changed when the toughest pup of the family partnered with a rival pack…

This heartwarming story has a fact section at the back, so you can learn more about koalas and how you can help them. Moving illustrations from Anneli Bray will make you want to hug the page.

Also debuting for the series is Koala, based on the bravery of koalas in the Australian bushfires. And there’s even more heartwarming stories to come! Sterling the Moose and Talala the Leopard.

Fluffles: The Brave Koala Who Held Strong Through A Bushfire (True Stories of Animal Heroes)

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books |
Children’s

In this new series, based on real-life animal tales, discover that not all heroes wear capes – some have four legs, a wet nose, and a brave heart. Big or small, fall in love with animal friends who have lived truly wild lives.

Read about Fluffles, the koala, who held strong through the bushfires in South Australia with bravery. As flames burned below her, she fled to the very top of a tree, and held on firm for her life until the flames eventually receded.

Badly burned but still alive, Fluffles was rescued by humans, who tended to her wounded paws. While she healed she found other koalas to snuggle up with. Their cuddles for one another helped make the whole outback feel better. Hugs were an act of heroism!

This heartwarming story has a fact section at the back, so you can learn more about koalas and how you can help them. Adorable illustrations from Rachel Qiuqi will make you want to hug the page.

Also debuting for the series is Onyx, based on the reintroduction of wolves of Yellowstone Park. And there’s even more heartwarming stories to come! Sterling the Moose and Talala the Leopard.

High-Five to the Hero: 15 favorite fairytales retold with boy power

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books |
Children’s

What if heroes were celebrated for the power of their hearts instead of their swords? In this stunning anthology—elegantly presented in a green, clothbound hard cover with gold-toned metallic debossing—15 favorite fairytales have been retold for a new generation.

Meet King Arthur, who rules by listening to others, and Prince Charming, who really wishes people wouldn’t typecast him, in this stereotype-busting follow-up to Power to the Princess. Focused on issues including self-imageconfidenceLGBTQfriendshipadvocacy, and disability, these stories are perfect for sharing between parents and children, or for older heroes and heroines to read by themselves.

Get reacquainted with these caring, considerate, and responsible heroes:

  • King Arthur
  • Tom Thumb
  • Sinbad
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • Pinocchio
  • Hercules
  • Prince Charming
  • King Midas
  • The Pied Piper
  • Quasimodo
  • The Snow Man
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker
  • Anansi

High-five to the hero!

Power to the Princess: 15 Favorite Fairytales Retold with Girl Power

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books |
Children’s
What if princesses didn’t always marry Prince Charming and live happily ever after? In this stunning anthology—elegantly presented in a red, clothbound hard cover with gold-toned metallic debossing—15 favorite fairytales have been retold for a new generation. These princesses are smart, funny, and kind, and can do anything they set their minds to.

Focused on issues including self-imageconfidenceLGBTQfriendshipadvocacy, and disability, these stories are perfect for sharing between parents and children, or for older princesses or princes to read by themselves. They teach that a princess is a person who seeks to help others, is open to learning new things, and looks for ways to add purpose to their lives and the lives of those around them.

Get reacquainted with these powerful princesses:

  • Snow White—champion of real beauty
  • Sleeping Beauty—specialist on sleeping disorders
  • Thumbelina—music producer and advocate
  • Rapunzel—world-famous architect
  • Belle the Brave—undercover agent
  • Elisabeth and the Wild Swans—fashion designer
  • Cinderella—prime minster and businesswoman
  • Star and the 12 Dancers—dancer
  • The Goose Girl—stand-up comedian
  • Princess Sevinah (and the Pea)—founder of the Fairyland Dating Service
  • The Snow Queen—winter sports coach
  • The Little Mermaid—advocate for peace between mer-people and humans
  • Zade—storyteller (of 1001 tales) and businesswoman
  • Evangeline (The Frog Princess)—natural historian
  • Little Red Riding Hood—environmentalist and Princess of the Wolves

Power to the princess!

The Whale

Templar |
Picture Book

A wordless epic sea adventure

There is a legend that a Great Spotted Whale lives in the ocean, although a sighting fifty years ago was never corroborated. Now two young whale watchers each set out to find the whale, one armed with sound-recording equipment, the other with a camera. When their boats collide, they pool their resources to capture incontrovertible proof that the mythical whale exists. The eventual sighting is a magical moment, especially when the children discover that it was their own grandparents who first glimpsed the whale fifty years ago. The Murrows’ spectacular wordless adventure is brought to life with stunning graphite drawings that convey the drama and haunting beauty of the ocean and capture the majesty of the awe-inspiring whale.

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Elementary School Classroom Visits or Grade Team Assembly

Classroom visits include a vibrant, playful, and educational power point presentation along with a drawing or writing oriented student-centered experience/activity. Run time 45 min

Assemblies/literacy events similarly include a short presentation on process. Followed by a sneak peek of in process work, or reading, or “show and tell” of demos/props with Q and A. Run time 45-60 min.

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Middle and Upper School Lecture

Assemblies or classroom visits that include a short slide presentation on process, how an idea becomes a book. Also, a bit about me, and my team. I always include a sneak peek or “in process” look behind the scenes and a generous Q and A. Run time 45-60 min.

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Middle School Writing Residence

A series of consecutive visits working directly with students as a guest critic or mentor writer. Built exclusively in collaboration with the classroom educator or student rep, I bring the nexus of my years as an educator, literacy specialist and children’s writer. Totally bespoke and focused on the content or interests of the students. A few weeks, to a semester based on curricular goals and cohort needs and interests.

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College Lecture on Storytelling and Narrative

Guest lecture in fields as art, design, literature, architecture, social sciences. I am a guest who can offer a unique perspective on storytelling and narrative. Previous examples include visiting with UPENN Landscape Architecture students to talk with them about how students can tell the story of their work, their research, and conceptual goals, to a larger lay audience.

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The Case for Wordless and Limited Word Picture Books, a session for educators

Knowing how to read, or best utilize wordless or limited word picture books can sometimes be daunting. Art can feel at times inaccessible to adults who don’t get to practice as visual story tellers every day. So, it’s my pleasure introduce educators and parents, to the rich world at home in wordless books. One of the most inclusive and universal storytelling platforms, that harkens back to our first language, the language of gesture and drawing. I’ll trace a path from humans earliest visual storytelling to some of the makers at today’s forefront of this exciting sub-genre in kidlit.

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Writer as Actor: How Performance Informs Writing That Comes to Life

From years as a childhood actor, to graduating from a performing arts school, to working in film, TV and animation, performance has become central to my writing. I speak with audiences of all ages about embodied character performance, and how studying and practicing an actor’s toolkit, can serve the development of characters in writing and life-like renderings of art, illustration, or animation.

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A Tale of Two Murrows: The Art and Storytelling of Ethan and Vita Murrow

I frequently speak on behalf of Ethan and myself regarding the work we do together as artists which includes film, photography and highly illustrates books for young people. I offer a similar program to that of my own solo presentations, but with emphasis on collaboration, performance and in-depth information on how Ethan I actually work as a team from idea, to finished art.

Grown Ups Read Princess Stories Link

Picturebook Makers Blog Link

Dust Film Link

Honors, Awards & Recognition

“Sterling” from the series “True Stories of Animal Heroes” won a 2023 Renaissance Quiz Writers Choice Award
Together with her husband Artist Ethan Murrow, Vita is the co-creator of the short film “Dust,” which was an official selection in the 46th annual New York Film Festival
“The Whale” was nominated for a CILIP Greenway Medal
“Zero Local” received a 2021 Massachusetts Book Award Honor
“Zero Local” received a 2021 Junior Library Guild Gold Medal
“Zero Local” was nominated for a 2021 ALSC Notable Children’s Book award

Media Kit

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