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: Wild Orca, the Oldest, Wisest Whale in the World Written by: Brenda Peterson Illustrated by: Wendell Minor Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books, September 2018 Ages: 4-8 Themes: whales, conservation, connection, orcas, wildlife, Opening: On the longest day of summer light. Mia … Continue reading
Title: The Return of the Grizzly – Sharing the Range with Yellowstone’s top Predator Author: Cat Urbigkit Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, 2018 Ages: adult Themes: ecosystem, conflict, predators, grizzly bears, Wyoming, protection, federal and state regulations, Yellowstone, animal advocacy, Opening: It took … Continue reading
Title: On Gull Beach (On Bird Hill and Beyond #3) Author: Jane Yolen Illustrator: Bob Marstall Publisher: The CornellLab Publishing Group, 2018 Ages: 4-7 Themes: starfish, beach life, seagulls, predators, Cape Cod, shoreline habitat, ecology, wildlife, New England Opening: As I was walking on … Continue reading