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: Louis Author: Tom Lichtenheld Illustrator: Julie Rowan-Zoch Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers, Oct. 2020 Ages: 3-5 32 pages. Genre: fiction Themes: grumpiness, gratitude, love, teddy bear Opening: From Day One… things have gone downhill. Synopsis:Louis the bear has had enough. From day one, life … Continue reading
Title: This Thing Called Life Author & Illustrator: Christian Borstlap Publisher: Prestel Verlag, Germany, 2020 Original Title: A Propos de la Vie Ages: 5-8 56 pages. Genre: Nonfiction Themes: life, death, philosophy, connection Opening: Long, long ago, before little white wires started growing out of our … Continue reading
Title: The Fighting Infantryman, The Story of Albert D. J. Cashier, Transgender Civil War Soldier Author: Rob Saunders Illustrator: Nabi H. Ali Publisher: little bee books, 06/02/2020 Ages: 4-8 Nonfiction: Themes: transgender, solder, civil war, immigrant, infantryman, lgbtqia+, civil war history, primary sources, gender identity, … Continue reading