Joanna MarpleIn my 20's, with only my guitar and a rucksack, I wandered the continents, immersing myself in the lives of some wonderful people, projects and stories, which changed the way I view my responsibility to others and this earth. Right now I'm a European transplant in the US who writes books for children and young adults that offer readers mirrors and windows. Stories can help us not only navigate our world but also can connect us to others, and allow us to inspire and help each other. I believe that equity and empathy should be at the core of our actions and words. I am also a school librarian and I get a kick out of book-matchmaking!
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Title: Monster & Mouse Go Camping Written by: Deborah Underwood Illustrated by: Jared Champman Publisher: HMH, June 2018 Ages: 4-8 Themes: camping, friendship, adventure, monsters, mice, acceptance, resourcefulness. Opening: Monster was having a snack when Mouse burst through the front door. “Let’s … Continue reading
Title: The Battle of Junk Mountain Author: Lauren Abbey Greenberg Publisher: Running Press kids, 2018 Ages: 8-12 Themes: ageing, grandparents, hoarding, Maine, island life, summer friendships, loss & grief, growing up, coming-of-age Opening: I didn’t expect my summer sister to ditch me the … Continue reading
Title: Snail Mail Author: Samantha Berger Illustrator: Julia Patton Publisher: Running Press Kids, 2018 Ages: 3-6 Themes: letters, handwritten mail, snails, cross country trip, snail mail Opening: A long, long time ago, but really not THAT long, before e-mail and texting, clicking and sending, mail … Continue reading