Marilyn Singer had been teaching English in New York City high schools for several years when she began writing in 1974. Initially, she wrote film notes, catalogues, teacher’s guides and filmstrips. Then one day when she was sitting in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, she penned a story featuring talking insects 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.
Since then, Marilyn has published more than sixty books for children and young adults. Her genres are many and varied, including realistic novels, fantasies, non-fiction, fairy tales, picture books, mysteries and poetry. She likes writing many different kinds of books because it’s challenging and it keeps her from getting bored.
Marilyn Singer was born in the Bronx, New York, and lived most of her early life in North Massapequa on Long Island, New York. She attended Queens College, City University of New York, and for her junior year, Reading University, England. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Queens and a MA in Communications from New York University.
Marilyn’s most recent picture book, Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse (Dial), has received six starred reviews. She recently published a new volume of “reversos,” Follow, Follow, which is based on fairy tales; and she’s now at work on a reverso volume based on Greek myths. Marilyn has just sold a new picture book text to Abrams, called I’m Gonna Climb a Mountain in my Patent Leather Shoes, about a girl who doesn’t need hiking boots to get where she’s going.
Author photo credit: Sonya Sones