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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Category Archives: Black history Month
Title: The March Against Fear – The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power Author: Ann Bausum Publisher: National Geographic Ages: 11-18 Themes: civil rights movement, protesting, marching, black power, march against fear, James Meredith, Mississippi, 1966 ……………………………………………………………….. … Continue reading
Title: Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry Author: Susan Vaught Publisher: A Paula Wiseman Book (S&S), 2016 Themes: Racism, civil rights movement, Oxford (Mississippi), 20th century, families, Alzheimers, Ages: 10-14 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Juvenile, 2017 Quote: … Continue reading
Title: Ben and the Emancipation Declaration Author: Pat Sherman Illustrator: Floyd Cooper Publisher: Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers, 2010 Ages: 8-12 Themes: African Americans, Unites States, President Lincoln, Emancipation, literacy Genre: Fiction Opening: “Excuse me, sir,” Ben tugged on the sleeve of a passing gentleman, “Does that … Continue reading