Marilyn Singer: How to Keep Track When You’ve Published 100+ Children’s Books
From the NewberyTart Podcast
NewberyTart is a podcast about kids’ books, for adults, and is recorded in Atlanta, Georgia, by two friends who approach the Newbery thing from very different, but surprisingly complementary, directions.
Jennie and Marcy talk with children’s author Marilyn Singer, who has written more than 100 (!) children’s books, about her pet crow and Edgar Allen Poe, writing reverso poetry, and a recipe for courage.
From the episode:
Jennie Law: All the books you mentioned and, of course, all your work, it always just reminds me that poetry sometimes gets the short end of the stick. People talk about poetry like it’s this staid format or staid genre, and it’s really not. It’s always changing, always moving.
Marilyn Singer: I mean, there’s not one kind of poetry. One of the things that I always tell people is I have a friend, Andrew, who said to me, I don’t like poetry, but I like your book Mirror, Mirror. And I said, no, no, no. It’s not that you don’t like poetry, it’s that you have not found the poetry that you like.
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Marilyn Singer is the winner of the 2015 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her works include Mirror, Mirror, which was an ALA Notable Book, won the Cybils Award for poetry, and was on eight major best-books-of-the-year lists; Venom, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children; Fireflies at Midnight, a School Library Journal Best Book; and Tallulah’s Tutu and its sequels. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Washington, Connecticut, with her husband and several pets.