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 that offer readers mirrors and windows. Stories can help us not only navigate our world but also 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 actions and words. I am also a school librarian and I get a kick out of book-matchmaking!
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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
Title: Hello Goodbye Dog Author: Maria Gianferrari Illustrator: Patrice Barton Publisher: Roaring Book Press, 2017 Ages: 5-8 Themes: therapy dogs, friendship with pets Opening: “Hello Moose!” said Zara. There was nothing Moose loved more than hello. Synopsis: For Zara s dog, Moose, … Continue reading
Title: Ramona Blue Author: Julie Murphy Publisher: Balzer & Bray, 2017 Themes: love, genderqueer, fluid sexuality, bisexualism, lesbianism, family, responsibility, labeling, poverty, swimming Age: 13+ Opening: This is a memory I want to keep forever: Grace standing at the stove of her parents’ … Continue reading