For Children & Families
Books for Adults / Literature?
Calling a book literature before the author is dead seems presumptuous. Calling a book, “Adult” makes it sound pornographic.—Mark Binder
Calling it “For Grown Ups” makes it sound juvenile
Let just call these books good reads that aren’t recommended for children…
2019 Audie Award Finalist for Original Work!
Loki Ragnarok: the Viking Armageddon retold by the trickster (print and audio)
They broke into his home. They kidnapped his children. Left his wife bound and gagged on the floor, where she choked and died. He had once helped them, been their friend and blood brother.
A well-told tale of the Norse gods… told not from the point of view of the heroic Thor or Odin, but through the eyes of Loki, the trickster… As Binder says in his introduction, this is not for children. But the stories are well-told, both in their writing — Binder adapted them from the Norse poetic and prose sagas called the Edda — and in their performance. Binder’s voice swoops and soars, now angry, now gleeful and now mocking, as Loki tells these stories of the gods run amok.—Providence Journal
Originally conceived as a spoken-word performance, LOKI RAGNAROK is a darkly humorous revision of Norse mythology. This is not a child-friendly Marvel Universe story.
The story of Loki echoes the cycles of violence and revenge playing out across our world. Told with a blend of poetry and prose, humor and horror, it offers no solution — but a glimmer, perhaps of understanding and compassion.
A Dead Politician, An Undead Clam And An Ancient Horror
Three Rhode Island Horror Stories
– The Vampire Clams of Narragansett Bay
– Old Scratch Nickels
– The Old One
Limited Edition / Not available in stores.
Early and Beginning Readers
Whether you read the stories as a parent or a child, or hear Mark tell them, these are some of the best stories in the world to share!
Read at home. Listen in the car. Enjoy any time!
Transmit Joy! (an awesome audio storybook)
Cavemen! Wolves! Bad Manners!
A troll, a candy store and… bunny rabbits? Ten stories of food, friends and adventure that you and your children will enjoy again and again.
“a master at spinning old tales and everyday events into storytelling gold.”
– 2016 Parents’ Choice Gold Medal for Audio Storytelling WINNER
Transmit Joy! is a 65 minute audio book for early learners, fans of stories, parents and teachers. Educational and fun! • Excellent for Early Learners • Splendid for School Age • Perfect for car rides
The Bed Time Story Book
36 Familiar favorites and illustrated classics that will enchant the whole family!
More than 60,000 Bed Time Story Books have been sold!
Ages 3-7 and parents/caregivers.
Mark Binder’s best-selling collection of stories for young people (and their parents and caregivers). From Goldilocks to Jack and the Beanstalk and lots more in between!
Includes bonus essay, “Telling and Reading Stories with Children”
Turn bed time into fun family time! The Bed Time Story Book is a wonderfully original collection that will entertain the entire family.
“Accompanied by classic illustrations, the stories are retold in an exceptionally amusing style and perfect for reading aloud!”
These are the classic stories that you enjoyed as a child, and will want to share with your own children.
A Holiday Present
Who threw the first holiday party? What happened in the bakery on New Year’s eve? What did Jack really get from the magic man?
Seven stories from around the world: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Ramadan, Diwali, Solstice and the New Year. Plus an awesome multicultural song!
Recorded live before an audience of K-5, this is a perfect non-denominational celebration of the holidays.
These are books and stories for young people to read and enjoy by themselves (or with help)
A Graphic Novel for Young Readers
Wicked Stepsisters, a rocking fairy godmother, and a very unusual chauffeur!
Cinderella Spinderella will be a family favorite for years to come.
You and your children will enjoy the story that has enthralled thousands upon thousands of listeners of all ages and backgrounds for more than a decade!
“Eleanor lived alone with her two stepsisters… even though she was in a wheelchair, they made her sleep downstairs in the basement!”
Digital Book World Finalist! Ben Franklin Silver Award
“Marvelously told, beautifully illustrated.” -A.V. Club News
Kings, Wolves, Princesses and Lions
Classic stories retold with new energy and new tales that seem timeless
An excellent primer for young readers… 28 Stories for you and your family
Grades 1-3 and parents/caregivers.
Aesop and Anansi, Rapunzel, The Brave Little Tailor, Stone Soup, at Valley Forge and many more…
If you liked The Bed Time Story Book you’ll love, Kings, Wolves, Princesses and Lions. (You also will enjoy, Genies, Giants and a Walrus…)
These are stories children will enjoy reading by themselves, or with parents and caregivers. And the grown-ups will enjoy reading them, too. Includes dozens of evocative and humorous old-school and wood-block style illustrations.Award-winning children’s author, Mark Binder presents this collection of stories with the ear of a professional storyteller and the love of a parent reading to his family.
Part of the best-selling “Bed Time Story Book” series, this volume starts with simple stories for early readers, and then allows youngsters to stretch their skills. Bonus tips for reading-aloud at bed time!
Author and storyteller Mark Binder reworks, revises and invents stories that feel fresh while maintaining a strong connection to the past.
Tall Tales, Whoppers and Lies – recorded live at the New England Folk Festival
Mark’s first live recording. All ages. And Story lovers..
The Challah that Ate Chelm • Paul Bunyan Meets Babe the Blue Ox • The Tale of Bad Breath Bill • The PI Kid • Goldilocks and the Three Bubbes • The Brave Little Tailor.
Includes a bonus demo: The Two Monks and the Gross Slimy Monster: League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling Olio Winning Story
Middle through Adults with a sense of humor
Let’s be clear… these books are fun and sometimes creepy. (except for Stories for Peace, which is awesome in a different direction.) If you’re a parent, buy a book for yourself, because they’re really written for anybody who enjoys a good laugh and a good scare. (or wants to learn about peace…)
The Zombie Cat
We didn’t mean to get into trouble. The trouble always found us…-
A bunch of ordinary kids have extraordinary adventures with witches, tsunami, tossed cookies and toxic chemicals.
What happens when my friend Rover brings his sister’s cat from the dead? What happens when my cousin Adam finally goes boogie boarding? Was it really a good idea to take candy from the doorstep of the witch’s house? And what about the inter-school game of capture the flag that we played with water guns?
Epic humor, horror and pungent stanks…
Also available in a Dyslexie Font Edition
It Ate My Sister (and other family stories)
Like many siblings, Mark and his older sister Ellen don’t get along. She tortures him, calls him names and regularly locks him out of the bathroom.
Mark decides to take revenge…
From bullies and wild snakes to exploding turkeys and a mysterious “Running Head,” these are stories that will make you smile, laugh, and occasionally spook you out.
“If this is true, then I’m still alive!”-Frank Zappa
Seven complete stories, and a full-length novel.
The sequel/prequel/sidequel to THE ZOMBIE CAT
It was a dark and stormy night…
Spooky Comedy Recorded live!
Vampires… Corpses… Mangled Harry Potter…
TV Deprogrammer — a modern fable
It Ate My Sister — autobiographical
Hairy Fingers — a classic… with a twist
Old Scratch Nickels — modern revenge
The Monkey’s Paw — montypythonesque
Death of Harry Potter — infamous!
Haunted Playground — autobiographical
Sarah’s Stake – a girl and her vampire
Genies, Giants and a Walrus
Amazing Adventures and Terrific Tall Tales for older readers who are ready to sink their teeth into something fun.
Fun, Fantastic and Exciting
Boys, Girls and Parents will Love Reading Genies, Giants and a Walrus.
Thor… Scheherazade… Paul Bunyan… Clever Doris?
Enjoy discovering the original myths that inspired the videos. Find new stories to make you smile.
Award-winning author and storyteller Mark Binder has collected some of his favorite adventures from across the globe and put them together in one collection for the entertainment of all.
Genies, Giants and a Walrus includes some of the world’s best adventure stories, selected and edited for the pleasure of voracious young readers. From Gilgamesh and the Arabian Nights to Norse Mythology and the American West, these are stories that both girls and boys will enjoy reading and rereading. is an excellent primer for young readers…
Classic tales retold with new energy…
New tales that seem timeless, and a few old favorites that preserve the flavor of years gone by.
Stories for Peace
a fun and quick read that will open new possibilities to handling difficult and uncomfortable problems. Using an entertaining and action-provoking style, the book raises issues and offers answers.
Ten stories plus three essays by award-winning author and storyteller Mark Binder. Includes a new section on Cyberbullying.
For adults, children, families, educators, students, activists, leaders and listeners.
Life in Chelm
Mark Binder’s Chelm stories are delicious for all ages*
Set in a village of fools, these stories have a huge cast of characters, a historical feel with contemporary themes.
*You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy any of these books.
And yes, Mark will come and perform at your church, mosque or synagogue!
The Brothers Schlemiel
Abraham and Adam are identical twins from Chelm, a village of fools, where they are mixed up from birth. A story of identity, misadventures, love and family, The Brothers Schlemiel is a book you’ll savor.
“Wired Words, Electric Prose” — The Providence Phoenix
A Chanukah Present/A Hanukkah Present
Eleven stories and a novella your family will share and enjoy, this book was the finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature.
The audio book includes eight stories and on Storytelling World Storytelling Magazine Honor
“Lethal Latkes,” is not a murder mystery. It concerns some awful-tasting latkes (potato pancakes) and what you might call another Hanukkah miracle: love.” —New York Times
“Listeners of all cultural backgrounds will be entertained by these tales.”
—School Library Journal
Return to Chelm for a taste of Mrs. Chaipul’s lead sinker matzah balls. Discover “Who stole the afikomen?” Find out what was the last temptation of Rabbi Kibbitz! Eight Passover tales from your favorite village.