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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I had already written this post before Monday’s wonderful news that for the first time in history a graphic novel, NEW KID, had won this year’s Newbery Medal. Congratulations, Jerry Kraft. And Jerry created this year’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day … Continue reading
Title: The People Shall Continue Author: Simon J. Ortiz Illustrator: Sharol Graves Publisher: Lee & Low Books, 2017 40th Anniversary Addition Ages: 6-10 Genre: Narrative nonfiction Themes: Native American History, Native American month, oppression, civil rights, conservation, respect Opening: Many, many years ago, all … Continue reading
Title: Watch Us Rise Authors: Renée Watson & Ellen Hagan Publisher: Bloomsbury, 2019 Ages: 12-15 Themes: death of a parent, fatphobia, racism, poetry, feminism, voices, mysogeny, African-American, microagressions, #ownvoices, activism, intersectionality, sexual harassment Favorite Quote: “I walk over to the plus size section, wondering … Continue reading