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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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Foreshadowing

Marilyn Singer grew up in a home filled with storytelling, poetry reading, and song.

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Reading from "Mirror, Mirror"

Marilyn Singer reads three poems crafted in a poetic form—the reverse-o—that reads one way forward and another backward.

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Animal Research

Researching her non-fiction animal books led Marilyn Singer to some fascinating facts about how creatures communicate.

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This Lady Loves Animals…& Plants

Marilyn Singer delights in the diversity of nature--one of her earliest books was about garlic; another about the differences between wasp and bees.

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How to Spot the Bad Stuff

Sometimes it isn't just a matter of taste, and Marilyn Singer warns against cliché-ridden verse, lines that don't scan well, and lines that sound plain bad.

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Finding the Musicality & Emotion in Poetry

Marilyn Singer suggests going easy on close text analysis and instead give kids lots of opportunities to really listen to poetry (make sure it's the good stuff) and feel the emotion that's in the text.

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Getting Kids to Write Poetry

Marilyn Singer on giving kids permission to experiment with form and free writing time can help them get hooked on writing verse.

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Why is Poetry Great?

Why does Marilyn Singer love poetry? Pleasing rhymes, an economy of words, a mixture of the mysterious and the familiar, lots of emotion in a small space. Need more?

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Inner Child

Being friends with kids and keeping a sense of wonder about the world is Marilyn Singer's recipe for writing authentically for children.

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Influences

Marilyn Singer cites the rhythm, rhyme and lyrics of Cole Porter, as well as classic authors like Shakespeare as influences.

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Becoming a Writer

After teaching English for four years, Marilyn Singer began writing stories based on crazy insect characters she created as a child.

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