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: Gender Queer, A Memoir Author/illustrator: Maia Kobabe Publisher: Lion Forge LLC, 2019 Ages: 14+ Genre: Graphic memoir Themes: gender identity, gender queer, non-binary eir-story, pronouns, honest, lgbtqia+, asexuality, exploring one’s identity, e-em-eir, Opening: Synopsis: In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir … Continue reading
I had already written this post before Monday’s wonderful news that for the first time in history a graphic novel, NEW KID, had won this year’s Newbery Medal. Congratulations, Jerry Kraft. And Jerry created this year’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day … Continue reading
Title: The Story of Seeds, Think Global, Act Local; Our Food is in Crisis. What will you do to protect it? Author: Nancy F. Castaldo Photos (mainly) by: Nancy F. Castaldo Genre: Nonfiction Publisher: Hougthon Mifflin Harcourt, 2016 Ages: 11+ Themes: seeds, agriculture, food, … Continue reading