• Marlene Targ Brill began writing while teaching children with disabilities, producing materials to help her students learn. With time the desire to write grew stronger. After 13 years in special education, she launched a freelance writing career, writing for a variety of formats–magazines, educational materials, internet, newspapers, videotape scripts, books, and textbooks–for readers preschool through adult. Today, Marlene is an award-winning author of 72 books, mainly nonfiction and historical fiction for young readers. Yet, she never forgets where the dream of writing originated–through her work with children. She returns to classrooms nationwide to share the wonders of research, writing, and of course, books. Her latest books are Dolores Huerta Stands Strong: The Woman Who Demanded Justice and Picture Girl, along with an updated rerelease of  Diary of a Drummer Boy.


  • People, young and old, always want to know why I write.  Usually, I give four main reasons beyond the pure joy–and frustration–of researching and writing.  I write books to:

    –  show the fun of nonfiction.  Really, anything can be the subject of a book, so follow your interests.  (Think Tooth Tales from around the World or Concrete Mixers)

    –  write more girls and women into history.  Yes, I know books now include more females than the olden days.  But too often, women are the sidebars or captions, which we all know readers often skip.  (Check out Annie Shapiro and the Clothing Workers Strike or Margaret Knight: Girl Inventor)

    –  give voice to the everyday heroes, the people like you and I who perform everyday tasks but make a difference is so many other lives. In my historical fiction books, I always write about real boy or girl and a real event that happened in their life.  (See Bronco Charlie and the Pony Express or Allen Jay and the Underground Railroad)

    –  build understanding among readers.  I truly believe that understanding reduces bullying and enhances peace.  So I write about children and teens who have different disabilities and peacemakers in general. (Read Tourette Syndrome or Speech and Language Challenges: The Ultimate Teen Guide)