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: Little Leaders, Bold Women in History Author and Illustrator: Vashti Harrison Publisher: Little Brown and Co., 2017 Ages: 5-11 Themes: trailblazers, black women, role models, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, civil rights, diversity, girl power Genre: biographies Sample of the Introduction: “In a … Continue reading
Title: Grandma’s Purse Author & Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018 Ages: 3-5 Themes: grandparents, purses, inter-generational relationships Opening: Today my grandma Mimi is coming to visit. When Mimi comes over, she always has a new treasure to share. Synopsis: When … Continue reading
Title: We Shall Overcome Author: Debbie Levy Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton Publisher: Jump at The Sun Books, 2013 Ages: 4-8 Themes: song, equality, African Americans, slavery, freedom Opening: I’ll be all right, I’ll be all right, I’ll be all right some day. … Continue reading