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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Moose I know this shouldn’t really count, but y’all need to know how many times I have been out with friends at dusk and dawn in Maine, Colorado, Vermont, Washington… in remote moose-friendly sites and I STILL haven’t seen one. State … Continue reading
Title: Polar Bear Island Written by: Lindsay Bonilla Illustrated by: Cinta Villalobos Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books, October 2018 Ages: 3-5 Themes: polar bears, immigration, inclusion, embracing difference, xenophobia, penguins Opening: POLAR BEAR ISLAND was peaceful and predictable. Parker, the mayor, planned … Continue reading
Klutz I am a linguist and logophile; I collect words like others collect works of art. I love discovering words in English or another language that somehow capture a meaning to perfection. One of my favorite American words is klutz … Continue reading