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Marc Tyler Nobleman Author Visit Kit

Connecticut, United States of America
Current home
Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America


PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman (which made the front page of USA Today) and Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman (which led to a TED Talk and changed pop culture history, inspiring Batman & Bill, the first documentary based on children's nonfiction).

Other titles include Brave Like My BrotherThirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot's World War II StoryFairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies Are Real, and The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra. Marc has been invited to speak at elementary, middle, and high schools internationally (from Thailand to Tanzania) and blogs about adventures in publishing (from research victories to enthusiastic librarians) at Noblemania. Follow Marc via Twitter @MarcTNobleman.




Description of the Author’s Presentation

Heroes With and Without Capes
Available for all ages
30 minutes for grades K–2
60 minutes for grades 3 and up

Marc's multidisciplinary presentation is a jaw-dropping real-life detective story revealing secrets he uncovered and mysteries he solved while researching his books, particularly his superhero biographies and World War II stories. It contains plenty of underlying character development, namely the importance of being persistent and sticking up for oneself. His interactive talk challenges the kids and pumps them up about writing, reading, and research (really!). It also gets raves (and sometimes tears) from teachers. Part educational, part motivational, all entertaining.

"In 30 years of hosting bestselling authors at our school, Marc's presentation was the best I have ever witnessed. Judging from the student response, he transformed what it means to be a writer."
—Karen Palko, middle school teacher, International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

"Wow — incredible! An inspiration — absolutely gripping story everyone should hear."
—Attendee, Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Festival, Redlands, Calif.

Conference and Festival Appearances

Heroes With and Without Capes
60–90 minutes (flexible depending on host's preference)

Marc's presentation is a jaw-dropping real-life detective story revealing secrets he uncovered and mysteries he solved while researching his books, particularly his superhero biographies (one of which changed pop culture history) and World War II stories. Teachers report plenty of curriculum application. Marc has been invited to give keynotes and other talks at conferences, schools, and other venues in more than half of the 50 states, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, India, Nepal, Chile, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Guam.

"You received the highest rating of 5, which is defined as 'Excellent,' by ALL attendees. Some even rated you as a 5+++. Obviously, our rating system was not calibrated correctly for your level of delivery!"
—Mindy Nichols, conference chair, Tennessee Association of School Librarians

"Your presentation had us in tears — so compelling and poignant. We were in awe of the end result of all of your efforts — very inspirational."
—Cathey Frei, co-chair, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Mid-Atlantic Conference

Virtual Visits

Marc recommends on-site visits whenever possible, since the impact from in-person interaction is so much more effective. However, he has done virtual visits and is happy to discuss what works for you, including cost.

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

For in-person presentations, Marc requires: an LCD projector, a laptop, a pony, and a microphone.

(Note From Marc: Find the fake requirement.)


Marc's regular honorarium is $1,800 per day, which can be split among multiple schools, plus travel expenses. He is happy to waive the travel fees if he books at least three consecutive days.

However, he does not let rate stand in the way of speaking to students. If the honorarium is out of range for you, please contact the Author Visit team to work something out.

Ordering Books

Schools and libraries may order books at a discounted rate by visiting The Scholastic Teacher Store or by calling 1-800-SCHOLASTIC.

Susan Cheyney

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