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: In Search of Safety, Voices of Refugees Author and Photographer: Susan Kuklin Publisher: Candlewick Press, May 2020 Ages: 13+ Themes: war, refugees, re-settlement, USA, slavery, violence, Nebraska Opening: Fraidoon: “From 1984, when I was born, until July 16, 2017, when I … Continue reading
Title: Patricia’s Vision: The Doctor Who Saved Sight Author: Michelle Lord Illustrator: Alleanna Harris Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books, January 2020 Ages: 6-9 Themes: mighty girls, female doctors, ophthalmology, invention, laser eye surgery, following a dream, equality, African American Women, Black History Month, patents, STEM, … Continue reading
Title: Big Breath, A Guided Meditation for Kids Author: William Meyer Illustrator: Brittany R. Jacobs Publisher: New World Library, Aug. 2019 Ages: 4-7 Genre: Nonfiction Themes: meditation, relaxation, breathing Opening: Find a comfy spot, Maybe on a squishy cushion, or a comfy blanket. Synopsis: Each page … Continue reading