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: The Boy and the Bindi Author: Vivek Shraya Illustrator: Rajni Perera Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016 Ages: 3-7 Themes: gender non-conforming, non-binary, bindi, Indians, lgbtqia, Pride, gender identity, South Asia, belonging, identity Opening: Have you seen my Ammi’s dot? It’s a bright and … Continue reading
Title: They, She, He Easy as ABC – learn the ABCs and practice inclusive pronouns! By: Maya and Matthew Publisher: Reflection Press, April 2019 Ages: 3-6 Themes: Gender Now Curriculum, LGBTQ, transgender, pronouns, non-binary Opening: Ari loves to arabesque. They hold their pose with ease. … Continue reading
Title: YOU DON’T KNOW everything, JILLY P! Author: Alex Gino Publisher: Scholastic, March 2018 Ages: 9-12 Themes: LGBTQIA+, lesbians, bigotry, racism, deafness, online communities, families, micro-aggressions, white privilege, ableism, ASL, hearing loss, police brutality Opening: The house smells of homemade tomato sauce when I get home … Continue reading