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Marilyn Singer has written YA fiction, novels for children, non-fiction, picture books and poetry, but she is probably best known as the writer who created and developed reversible verse. Her first book of reversible verse, Mirror Mirror, won numerous awards and accolades, and her annual Poetry Blast panel at the American Library Conference is always a great success. Rather than going to schools, Marilyn prefers Skyping with students to talk to them about writing and poetry and tailors her presentations to fit the age range of the students and curriculum needs. Her Skype chats are lively, interesting and always interactive.




Please have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for her to answer. She will first give a brief presentation, perhaps showing her latest book or talking about an upcoming project, and will then take questions. If you prefer, the Q&A can come first, depending on your students' needs. How you handle the Q&A is up to you. Sometimes students come up to the screen individually to ask questions and then the next student comes up. Sometimes the students gather around the screen to ask questions. The format will depend on your needs and what kind of equipment you have. If you have an activboard or some other means to project the images onto a larger screen, for example, the format might be somewhat different. In any case, students must be familiar with some of her books.

If you would like a different kind of program, please let us know before setting up the program and please provide a general idea of what you would like. Further details will be needed at least a week before the chat so she can prepare.

She'll also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the chat, but be sure to send them to her in a timely manner so she can sign them and get them back to you before the chat.




$250 * for 1 one-hour long chat

No more than one chat per day.

Marilyn Singer's children's book span a wide range of genres and age ranges. She writes both fiction and nonfiction picture books, juvenile novels and mysteries, young adult fantasies, and poetry. Her books have also been on a number of award lists and have received numerous honors. In addition to winning the Orbis Pictus Honor Book, Venom was among the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. City Lullaby was among Time Magazine's 2007 Top Ten Children's Books, and Creature Carnival was named a 2005 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book. Central Heating: Poems about Fire and Warmth was a 2006 ALA Notable Children's Book, What Stinks? a 2007 NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book and a Science Books & Films' 2006 Best Book, and Let's Build a Clubhouse among Bank Street College 's 2007 Best Children's Books. Face Relations: 11 Stories about Seeing Beyond Color was selected as a 2005 IRA Notable Book for a Global Society, First Food Fight This Fall and Eggs both selected for the Chicago Public Library's 2009 Best of the Best list, and Eggs was also a finalist for the 2009 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. Marilyn Singer lives with her husband, dog, and birds in Brooklyn, NY.


Please visit her website for more information. Her books are available from a variety of sources, including Booksource,, and


Grade levels: K-YA

Residence: Brooklyn, NY



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