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Featured books by Marilyn Singer

Marilyn Singer is curious and likes to share her curiosity. From the science of eggs to going to the doctor, from hearing sounds of the city to telling a less well-known side of a story, this poet enjoys words and finding out about the world around her. Meet Marilyn Singer as she explores and takes readers right along with her.

A Full Moon Is Rising

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: Julia Cairns
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Come along on a whirlwind tour of the world to discover an amazing collection of full moon celebrations, beliefs, customs, and facts.

A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: LeUyen Pham
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Bright illustrations accompany lively poems that celebrate children's imaginations and playing outdoors on warm days. Some games, like 'jacks', may need a bit of explanation but walking on the edges (of sidewalks, curbs, etc.) and hopscotch are perennial favorites. Everyone may be inspired to go outside and play!

A Strange Place to Call Home

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: Ed Young
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Textured collage and paint illustration and various poetic forms are used to introduce creatures that live in difficult, dangerous places. Ice worms in "Frozen Solid," for example, "…If lurking in the deepest seas,/Why not between the glacial ice,/helped by their own antifreeze?"

City Lullaby

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: Carll Cneut
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

From "10 horns beeping" to "2 bikes growling" a baby sleeps on. But when "… 1 bird begins to twitter," a smiling baby awakens! City sounds and sights abound in stylized illustrations and satisfying, rhythmic language of this cumulative rhyme.

Eggs

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: Emma Stevenson
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What is "…a quiet crib, …a bobbing boat, …breakfast, lunch and dinner"? An egg, of course. Many types of eggs from insects, reptiles, and even mammals, in various environments are introduced in crisp text and clear illustration in this handsome, informative book.

Fireflies at Midnight

By: Marilyn Singer, Ken Robbins
Illustrated by: Ken Robbins
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A robin is the "first to greet the light" on a summer morning. But many other animals in these animated, evocative poems share the joy of the season. The frog says "I’m the baron/I’m the duke/I’m the king…" while the firefly seeks an answer to the question, "Are You the One?" Tinted photographs of lush summer scenes accompany each short poem.

Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: Josee Masse
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The original form of poetry (introduced in Mirror Mirror) is again used to present different perspectives on the same topic. Characters large and small — from the Emperor in a birthday suit to tiny Thumbelina — a clever form and lush illustrations bring well known characters into focus.

I'm Getting a Check-up

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: David Milgrim
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Three children visit their doctors for a routine check-up, chronicled in rhyme. Additional information about the special tools used and the procedures is provided in bold print on each uncluttered page to inform, clarify, and calm fears.

I'm Your Bus

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: Evan Polenghi
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A bright yellow bus picks up and delivers its passengers to their school in this rollicking rhyming picture book. Anyone who has ever been on a school bus is sure to appreciate the humor in both text and illustration.

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: Josee Masse
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Everyone knows that there are two sides to every story. Read a cleverly illustrated poem one way for one side; read the same poem in reverse and learn the other. Well known fairy tales are presented through reversible poems sure to intrigue sophisticated readers of all ages. Each book comes with a CD, so pop it in and follow along!

Monster Museum

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: Gris Grimly
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A class takes a field trip to a museum that houses facsimiles of monsters like Count Dracula, Bigfoot, poltergeists, Medusa, mummies, zombies, werewolves, and The Blob. As their tour continues, one does wonder if the creatures are really replicas or are in fact quite real. Black-lined illustrations add detail, a bit of monster background and comedy.

On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World's Weather

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: Frané Lessac
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

On the same March day there is a lot going on in the weather around the world. World weather is presented in folk art style of illustration and crisp, rhythmic text. The same author/illustrator duo presents time zones in an equally accessible way in Nine O’clock Lullaby.

Quiet Night

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: John Manders
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Is a night in the forest when the moon is bright really quiet? Readers probably won't think so as they see and hear animal sounds amass in a dark wood. Onomatopoeic language and rich hues create a nightscape just right for sharing.

Rutherford B., Who Was He? Poems About Our Presidents

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: John Hendrix
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Sophisticated readers will appreciate the snippets of presidential history presented in a variety of poetic forms. Illustrations, reminiscent of political cartoons, range in tone from serious to silly. Additional information about the office and the individual presidents concludes this appealing and surprisingly informative collection (which includes the sitting POTUS).

Shoe Bop!

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: Hiroe Nakata
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

New shoes are a must when a girl’s favorite purple sneakers kick the bucket. The choices seem endless as she explores the various kinds of footwear, winding up with her favorite sneaker. Energetic verse combines with jaunty illustration to create a brisk walk through shoes.

The Boy Who Cried Alien

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: Brian Biggs
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Larry, like the boy who cried wolf, is known for his prevarication. He winds up a hero, however, when he tells the truth about space aliens. Illustrations in comic book format and jazzy rhyming text and coded alien-speak are sure to tickle funny bones.

Venom

By: Marilyn Singer
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Some animals use toxins for defense or protection. Many of these are clearly presented by habitat and species illustrated with dynamic, full-color photographs. Additional information and resources for further research are included in the sidebars.

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