Bethanie Deeney Murguia was raised in Western New York near the Grand Canyon of the East and many, many cows. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Rochester with a BA in psychology and fine art, she moved to New York City where she worked as an art director for Hearst Magazines. While in New York, Bethanie received her MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts.
Bethanie now lives in the Bay Area where she has worked for a variety of design and marketing firms. Her illustrations have appeared on packaging and in various children’s publications, including Ladybug and My Big Backyard. Since 2011, she has focused exclusively on writing and illustrating picture books. Her illustrations and books have been honored with numerous accolades, including Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Awards and Bank Street College Best Books of the Year.
Wondering how to pronounce Murguia? It’s mer GEE ya.
About Me (With little Pictures)
I live in a house in a town called . Many people in my town live on . I think it would be really great to have the for a backyard and for neighbors. But for now, I live with some people, our and our . When I ride my , I see the , , and (on good days) a or two. Some of my favorite things about this place are the smell of , the cool when it creeps over the hill, and my , like a little birdhouse overlooking it all.