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. Stories can help us not only navigate our world but 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 all actions, words, and stories. I am also a school librarian and I get a kick out of book-matchmaking! And I use the pronouns she/her.
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Title: Goliath, The Boy Who Was Different Author and Illustrator: Ximo Abadia Publisher: Little Gestalten, 2019 Ages: 4-6 Themes: size, difference, individuality, boyhood, growing up Opening: I was big. Synopsis: A story about a boy who was a little too big for his … Continue reading
Title: Introducing Teddy, a gentle story about gender and friendship Author: Jessica Walton Illustrator: Dougal MacPherson Publisher: Bloomsbury, 2016 Ages: 3-6 Themes: transgender, gender nonconforming, teddies, friendship, acceptance, lgbtqia+, gender roles, transgender issues Opening: Errol and Thomas the teddy play together every day. They … Continue reading
Title: Dumpster Dog (Chien Pourri in French) This is Book 1 in a new series called The Adventures of Dumpster Dog. Author: Colas Gutman Illustrator: Marc Boutavant Publisher: Enchanted Lion Press, 2019 Translated from French by: Claudia Bedrick & Allison M. Charette Ages: 6-8 … Continue reading