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: One Special Day, A Story for Big Brothers and Sisters Written by Lola M Schaefer, illustrated by Jessica Meserve Published by Hyperion Books, 2012 Ages: 2-5 2012 Cybils finalist. Themes: new sibling, similes, animals Opening line: He was strong—strong … Continue reading
As I was starting out on my writing career a little under two years ago, I had the pleasure of reconnecting with an author local to me in Monaco, whom I had met when I invited her as a guest … Continue reading
House Held up by Trees Written by Ted Kooser, Illustrated by Jon Klassen Published by Candlewick Press, March 27, 2012 Ages: 4+ Genre: picture Book, 32 pages Themes: nature, continuity, cylical Synopsis/Opening: The sentence under the title reads: Not far from here, I have seen … Continue reading