Mark Binder was born in Newton, MA, and has lived in Cambridge, Boston, Washington, London, New York City, San Antonio, and now Providence, RI.
An author who knows how to tell stories, Mark tours and performs around the United States sharing his work in schools, libraries, churches, synagogues and community centers.
Mark's latest releases are THE BROTHERS SCHLEMIEL (the definitive "directors cut") and the illustrated book, CINDERELLA SPINDERELLA.
His collections of stories for young people are unmatched with: THE BED TIME STORY BOOK (PK-Grade 1), KINGS, WOLVES, PRINCESSES, AND LIONS (Grades 1-3) and GENIES, GIANTS AND A WALRUS (Grades 3-6)
Mark also has several Amazon ebook exclusives, including, RAGNAROK, THE BUDDHA WHO WORE KEDS, and THE SHORT TALE OF ERIKA P. SPUNK.
He is also the author of STORIES FOR PEACE - resolving conflicts / handling bullies. It combines Mark's 20 years of martial arts experience and storytelling.
He has been writing stories for children and adults for more than 20 years. His work regularly appears in Cricket Magazine. Mark believes that reading and storytelling are critical to children's development of literacy skills. Mark performs at festivals, theaters, libraries, schools, synagogues, churches, community centers, and many other venues around the United States.
More than 200 of his stories for young and old have been published in magazines, anthologized in books, and used on standardized tests. THE BED TIME STORY BOOK collection is a multigenerational masterpiece now in its seventh edition. A HANUKKAH PRESENT was the finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature. His "auto-biographical" collection, IT ATE MY SISTER is humorous and fun for kids and adults with a sense of humor.
His parody, THE RATIONALIZATION DIET was recently re-released in an expanded edition ebook.
Mark's books and audio recordings have won numerous awards. His educational performances in school and library settings draw raves from students, faculty, administrators and parents. In addition to a vast repertoire of entertaining and educational stories, he has the unique ability to read a room and instantly adjust the program based on the age range of the audience present. His workshops are transformative. He transmits joy through language and story.
He is the founder of the American Story Theater, and has taught a college course in "Telling Lies" at the Rhode Island School of Design.
He holds a third degree black belt in Aikido, the martial art for peace. He currently practices centering and yoga. In his spare time he bakes bread and makes pizza.