About Marilyn

Worlds Awaiting, BYU Radio Interview

Where does creative inspiration come from? Listen to Marilyn on BYU Radio’s “Worlds Awaiting” talk about her inspiration when creating a book. Known for touching on a variety of subjects – from animals to schools to aliens – she’s also invented a thing-a-ma-jig called a “reverso”poem. Marilyn is the winner of the 2015 National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry. She has over 100 books to her credit. She’s also the creator of five picture books featuring Tallulah, a young ballet student.

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About Marilyn

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a teacher, a dog kennel owner, and a writer. When I grew up, I taught high school English for four years, owned as many as three dogs at one time, and began to write books. By now I’ve written over ninety of them—picture books, novels, short stories, nonfiction, and lots of poetry. Where do I get my ideas? From experiences, events, suggestions, travels, dreams, articles, people I’ve met—everywhere! My family inspired me to love words and stories. My grandmother told marvelous folk tales. My parents read to me every day and sang hit tunes, which had great lyrics by wonderful lyricists such as Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, etc. Nowadays, my husband, Steve Aronson, encourages me by listening patiently to what I write and giving me tough critiques. Steve and I live in Brooklyn, NY and Washington, CT. We don’t have children, but we do have a lot of pets: a standard poodle named Oggi, a cat called August, and three rescued birds. When I’m not writing, I like to go swing and ballroom dancing, train my dog, bird watch, take walks in the woods, see plays, play computer and board games, garden, and read. How would I describe myself? “I’m persistent and persevering. I love to laugh. I’m sociable, but I also like to be alone. Although my house may be messy, I’m quite organized. I’m a night owl and not a lark.” I currently co-host the Poetry Blast, a reading by children’s poets, at the American Library Association conference and other venues. Visit the Fans of the ALSC Poetry Blast page at Facebook.

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Biography

Winner of the 2015 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry, Marilyn Singer was born in the Bronx (New York City) on October 3, 1948 and lived most of her early life in N. Massapequa (Long Island), NY. She attended Queens College, City University of New York, from which she received a B.A. in English, and for her junior year, Reading University, England. She holds an M.A. in Communications from New York University. In 1974, after teaching English in New York City high schools for several years, she began to write – initially film notes, catalogues, teacher’s guides, and film strips. Then, one day, when she was sitting in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, she penned a story featuring talking insect characters she’d made up when she was eight. Encouraged by the responses she got, she wrote more stories, and in 1976, her first book, The Dog Who Insisted He Wasn’t, was published by E.P. Dutton & Co. Since then, Marilyn has published more than one hundred books for children and young adults. Her genres are many and varied, including realistic novels, fantasies, mysteries, short stories, non-fiction, fairy tales, picture books, and poetry. She likes writing many different kinds of books because it’s challenging and it keeps her from getting bored. Her book, Mirror Mirror has garnered many awards, including: the Cybil Award for Poetry, 2011, an ALA Notable 2011; an CLA/NCTE Notable, 2011 and six starred reviews. In addition, it was a nominee for the Texas Bluebonnet Award and has been listed as a Capitol Choice Book, one of the year’s best books by the Washington Post, Horn Book, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, the New York Public Library, the Chicago Public Library, Scripps News Service, and blogger Betsy Bird’s list. She has won several Children’s Choice and Parents’ Choice Awards, as well as the following: Echo Echo, NCTE Notable, 2017 and SLJ Best Books of the Year and NYPL Best Books of the Year, 2016;  Rutherford B., Who Was He?, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book and NCTE Notable, 2013; Follow Follow, NCTE Notable, Columbus Dispatch’s 20 Best Books of the Year, and Bank Street College’s Best Books of the Year, 2013; A Strange Place to Call Home, IRA Teachers Choice and NCTE Notable, 2012; A Full Moon Is Rising, Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best, 2012; Twosomes; Beehive Award, 2011;  Eggs and First Food Fight This Fall, Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best, 2009; Venom, Orbis Pictus Honor Book, 2008; New York Public Library’s One Hundred Best Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2007; City Lullaby, Time Magazine’s Top Ten Children’s Books, 2007; What Stinks?, NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book, 2007; Science Books & Film Best Trade Books, 2006; Central Heating, ALSC Notable Book, 2005; Creature Carnival, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book, 2005; Tough Beginnings: How Baby Animals Survive, NSTA-CBA Outstanding Science Trade Book, 2002 and Society of School Librarians International Best Book for Science, 2001; A Pair of Wings, Animal Behavior Society Children’s Book Award, 2001; I Believe in Water: Twelve Brushes with Religion,

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Reading Rockets: A video interview with Marilyn Singer

“Marilyn Singer has written all kinds of great books for children and young adults — picture books, fairy tales, mysteries, non-fiction, and novels — but poetry is her favorite. Singer is on a mission to ‘knock poetry off its pedestal’ and to introduce kids to the pleasing rhythms and powerful emotion of poems, but also to encourage kids to express themselves through verse.”

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David Harrison’s Blog

“I hope that everyone can take a few minutes to enjoy the remarks of my blog guest today, Marilyn Singer.  She has much to offer and has managed to be concise and helpful at the same time by first responding to six questions and then suggesting 10 tips for writing poetry.  She threw one of the questions back to me so I have a response in there too.  This is the kind of information you’ll want to refer back to from time to time. My thanks to Marilyn.  Without further ado, read on.”

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“Sidelights Sketch” from Something About the Author, Vols. 80 & 125

“Marilyn Singer is an award-winning author of children’s books in a wide variety of genres, including fiction and nonfiction picture books, juvenile novels and mysteries, young adult fantasies, and poetry. Among her many characters are a dog who insists he is not a dog, an armadillo, a young heart surgery patient, obsessive Lizzie Silver, Stryker the poltergeist, twin detectives named Sam and Dave–even a dog detective. ‘People often ask me why I write so many different kinds of things,’ Singer commented in an essay for the Something about the Author Autobiography Series (SAAS). ‘I tell them it’s because I have so many different parts to my personality, and each part has a different way of expressing itself. I tell them too that I like to challenge myself so that I’ll never be bored.'”

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Worlds Awaiting, BYU Radio Interview

Where does creative inspiration come from? Listen to Marilyn on BYU Radio’s “Worlds Awaiting” talk about her inspiration when creating a book. Known for touching on a variety of subjects – from animals to schools to aliens – she’s also invented a thing-a-ma-jig called a “reverso”poem. Marilyn is the winner of the 2015 National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry. She has over 100 books to her credit. She’s also the creator of five picture books featuring Tallulah, a young ballet student.

Listen to the interview here.

Read More »

About Marilyn

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a teacher, a dog kennel owner, and a writer. When I grew up, I taught high school English for four years, owned as many as three dogs at one time, and began to write books. By now I’ve written over ninety of them—picture books, novels, short stories, nonfiction, and lots of poetry. Where do I get my ideas? From experiences, events, suggestions, travels, dreams, articles, people I’ve met—everywhere! My family inspired me to love words and stories. My grandmother told marvelous folk tales. My parents read to me every day and sang hit tunes, which had great lyrics by wonderful lyricists such as Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, etc. Nowadays, my husband, Steve Aronson, encourages me by listening patiently to what I write and giving me tough critiques. Steve and I live in Brooklyn, NY and Washington, CT. We don’t have children, but we do have a lot of pets: a standard poodle named Oggi, a cat called August, and three rescued birds. When I’m not writing, I like to go swing and ballroom dancing, train my dog, bird watch, take walks in the woods, see plays, play computer and board games, garden, and read. How would I describe myself? “I’m persistent and persevering. I love to laugh. I’m sociable, but I also like to be alone. Although my house may be messy, I’m quite organized. I’m a night owl and not a lark.” I currently co-host the Poetry Blast, a reading by children’s poets, at the American Library Association conference and other venues. Visit the Fans of the ALSC Poetry Blast page at Facebook.

Read More »

Biography

Winner of the 2015 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry, Marilyn Singer was born in the Bronx (New York City) on October 3, 1948 and lived most of her early life in N. Massapequa (Long Island), NY. She attended Queens College, City University of New York, from which she received a B.A. in English, and for her junior year, Reading University, England. She holds an M.A. in Communications from New York University. In 1974, after teaching English in New York City high schools for several years, she began to write – initially film notes, catalogues, teacher’s guides, and film strips. Then, one day, when she was sitting in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, she penned a story featuring talking insect characters she’d made up when she was eight. Encouraged by the responses she got, she wrote more stories, and in 1976, her first book, The Dog Who Insisted He Wasn’t, was published by E.P. Dutton & Co. Since then, Marilyn has published more than one hundred books for children and young adults. Her genres are many and varied, including realistic novels, fantasies, mysteries, short stories, non-fiction, fairy tales, picture books, and poetry. She likes writing many different kinds of books because it’s challenging and it keeps her from getting bored. Her book, Mirror Mirror has garnered many awards, including: the Cybil Award for Poetry, 2011, an ALA Notable 2011; an CLA/NCTE Notable, 2011 and six starred reviews. In addition, it was a nominee for the Texas Bluebonnet Award and has been listed as a Capitol Choice Book, one of the year’s best books by the Washington Post, Horn Book, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, the New York Public Library, the Chicago Public Library, Scripps News Service, and blogger Betsy Bird’s list. She has won several Children’s Choice and Parents’ Choice Awards, as well as the following: Echo Echo, NCTE Notable, 2017 and SLJ Best Books of the Year and NYPL Best Books of the Year, 2016;  Rutherford B., Who Was He?, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book and NCTE Notable, 2013; Follow Follow, NCTE Notable, Columbus Dispatch’s 20 Best Books of the Year, and Bank Street College’s Best Books of the Year, 2013; A Strange Place to Call Home, IRA Teachers Choice and NCTE Notable, 2012; A Full Moon Is Rising, Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best, 2012; Twosomes; Beehive Award, 2011;  Eggs and First Food Fight This Fall, Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best, 2009; Venom, Orbis Pictus Honor Book, 2008; New York Public Library’s One Hundred Best Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2007; City Lullaby, Time Magazine’s Top Ten Children’s Books, 2007; What Stinks?, NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book, 2007; Science Books & Film Best Trade Books, 2006; Central Heating, ALSC Notable Book, 2005; Creature Carnival, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book, 2005; Tough Beginnings: How Baby Animals Survive, NSTA-CBA Outstanding Science Trade Book, 2002 and Society of School Librarians International Best Book for Science, 2001; A Pair of Wings, Animal Behavior Society Children’s Book Award, 2001; I Believe in Water: Twelve Brushes with Religion,

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Reading Rockets: A video interview with Marilyn Singer

“Marilyn Singer has written all kinds of great books for children and young adults — picture books, fairy tales, mysteries, non-fiction, and novels — but poetry is her favorite. Singer is on a mission to ‘knock poetry off its pedestal’ and to introduce kids to the pleasing rhythms and powerful emotion of poems, but also to encourage kids to express themselves through verse.”

Click here for the video interview on Reading Rockets

Read More »

David Harrison’s Blog

“I hope that everyone can take a few minutes to enjoy the remarks of my blog guest today, Marilyn Singer.  She has much to offer and has managed to be concise and helpful at the same time by first responding to six questions and then suggesting 10 tips for writing poetry.  She threw one of the questions back to me so I have a response in there too.  This is the kind of information you’ll want to refer back to from time to time. My thanks to Marilyn.  Without further ado, read on.”

Click here for the interview with David Harrison

Read More »

“Sidelights Sketch” from Something About the Author, Vols. 80 & 125

“Marilyn Singer is an award-winning author of children’s books in a wide variety of genres, including fiction and nonfiction picture books, juvenile novels and mysteries, young adult fantasies, and poetry. Among her many characters are a dog who insists he is not a dog, an armadillo, a young heart surgery patient, obsessive Lizzie Silver, Stryker the poltergeist, twin detectives named Sam and Dave–even a dog detective. ‘People often ask me why I write so many different kinds of things,’ Singer commented in an essay for the Something about the Author Autobiography Series (SAAS). ‘I tell them it’s because I have so many different parts to my personality, and each part has a different way of expressing itself. I tell them too that I like to challenge myself so that I’ll never be bored.'”

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