Author - Presenter - Master Teacher Marina BudhosMARINA BUDHOS is a presenter and master teacher.  She is available as a speaker for keynotes & book readings, school presentations,  educator & librarian training & writing workshops.

To arrange a Speaking Engagement, contact Christie Hinrichs at or (541) 797-2217.  View her profile here.

“Behind the Book loves Marina Budhos’ books. They are accessible, compelling and speak to NYC public school students by embodying real-world situations that many of our students are living through.” — Jo Umans, Executive Director

 Sample Talks and Workshops


  •  Healing the Rift: Books & Empathy in a Divided Nation
  • Moving Beyond Us vs. Them
  • Bridging the Gap: Writing Books for Young Adult & Adult Audiences
  •  Undocumented, Surveillance, Integration, Class: Taking on Big Issues for Young Readers
  • Beyond the Headlines: Ask Me No Questions & Watched book presentations
  • Exploring Race, Class & Integration: The Long Ride
  • How Sugar Changed the World
  • The Refugee Eye: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro & The Spanish Civil War


  • Breaking out of Boxes: Writing About Multiracial Characters
  • Research and Story-making in Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Speak up, Speak Out: Writing from a Place of Passion
  • I’m Not So Young So How Do I Write Young?

Professional Development:

  • What Is vs. What If: Connecting Social Studies & Literature
  • Outsider-Insider: How To Get Students Talking, Thinking and Writing Through Diverse Literature

 Teacher’s Guides

Teacher Guide - for Educators - by author and speaker, Marina Budhos

Exploring Race, Class and School Integration with The Long Ride, SLJ Classroom Bookshelf, by Mary Ann Cappiello
Teacher’s Guide for Sugar Changed the World
Teacher’s Guide for Eyes of the World aligned to Common Core standards
Teacher’s Guide for Tell Us We’re Home
with Questions, Activities, Text Connections & Paired Readings
Tell Us We’re Home: Mother-Daughter Book Club Discussion Guide Now Available
Free lesson plan using Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers on Second Generation Stories

Some organizations Marina has worked with as a speaker:


Greater NY Librarian’s Conference

School & Library Visits

Visit to Silver Creek School, near Buffalo:

Author and Speaker Marina Budhos - Silver Creek School, NY

Credit to Sue Bartle

Town Hall Event at the University of Maryland-College Park, sponsored by the Asian American Student Union & Asian American Studies:

Author and Speaker Marina Budhos - University of Maryland, College Park - Asian American Student Union

Visit with Bronx International High School:

Author and Speaker Marina Budhos - Bronx International High School

Singapore Writer’s Festival:

Author and Speaker Marina Budhos - Singapore Writers Festival

Speakeasy at Edward R. Murrow High School:

Author and Speaker Marina Budhos - Speakeasy - High School

Writing Workshops

Writing Workshop at 826 Valencia, San Francisco, CA:

Author and Speaker Marina Budhos - Writing Workshop 826-valencia

“Thank you so much for working with our seventh graders yesterday.  Your passion for writing and enthusiasm for their ideas really engaged the students and inspired them to write. “ — Jillian Wasick, Program Manager



Behind the Book, “Ask Me No Questions” & Writing Workshop:

Author and Speaker Marina Budhos - Behind the Book“Marina is a wonderful presence in the classroom; clear in her presentation and honest in her responses to student’s questions. Her books give students, whether reluctant readers or not, the opportunity to form well rounded opinions and defend them amongst their peers with an author who knows how to keep them thinking and talking.” — Jo Umans, Executive Director

Skype Visits

Skype visit with Swan Hills School in Ontario, Canada:

Author and Speaker Marina Budhos - Swan Hills Visit - Canada“Thank you for letting us read your wonderful work. It was such a pleasure for us to be able to talk to you even though we don’t have the same timezone … You are a very talented and gorgeous writer.” —


Author and Speaker Marina Budhos - Marc Aronson

“Marina and Marc’s video chat with the young authors at the Iowa Historical Museum’s summer Young Writer’s Workshop was a highlight of the students’ week. Above all else the young writers got a glimpse inside Marina and Marc’s minds and process first hand and could ask them questions and imagine becoming like them in the future.” — Stephanie Hemphill, Iowa Historical Society