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: Pride, The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag Author: Rob Sanders Illustrator: Steven Salerno Publisher: Random House, April 2018 Ages: 5-9 Themes: gay pride, Harvey Milk, the rainbow flag, lgbtqia+, strength, leadership, change, power, control, politics and differing opinions, tolerance Genre: biography Opening: … Continue reading
Title: Hurricane Child Author: Kheryn Callender Publisher: Scholastic Press, 2018 Ages: 10-13 Themes: black, lgbtqia+, Caribbean, internalized homophobia, depression, micro-agressions, racism, disappearing parent, self-esteem, cultural identity, spirits, coming-of-age Genre: Contemporary Opening: My ma’s voice is rough and low. When she speaks to strangers on the … Continue reading
Title: Grandma’s Purse Author & Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018 Ages: 3-5 Themes: grandparents, purses, inter-generational relationships Opening: Today my grandma Mimi is coming to visit. When Mimi comes over, she always has a new treasure to share. Synopsis: When … Continue reading