Marilyn Scott-Waters



Marilyn Scott-Waters loves making things out of paper. Her popular website,, receives 2,000 to 7,000 visitors each day, who have downloaded more than six million of her easy-to-make paper toys. Her goal is to help parents and children spend time together making things. Her first self published book, The Toymaker: Paper Toys That You Can Make Yourself, was a best selling paper toy book on, sold out two print runs, and was picked up as a series by Sterling Publishing in 2010.

Marilyn Scott-Waters is the creator of a paper toy craft book series The Toymaker's Christmas: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling, 2010), and The Toymaker’s Workshop: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling, 2011). She is also the co-creator with J. H. Everett of the fully illustrated middle grade nonfiction series, Haunted Histories, from Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. Ms. Scott-Waters illustrated The Search For Vile Things (Scholastic), and created paper engineering for Pop & Sniff Fruit (Piggy Toes Press). She was recently featured on “Career Day”, a nationally syndicated program for children produced by Entertainment Studios.

Marilyn lives in Costa Mesa, California, with her teacher husband and teenaged son.

To read about the quirky life of a children's book illustrator and paper engineer, visit her blog at