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: Polar Bear Island Written by: Lindsay Bonilla Illustrated by: Cinta Villalobos Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books, October 2018 Ages: 3-5 Themes: polar bears, immigration, inclusion, embracing difference, xenophobia, penguins Opening: POLAR BEAR ISLAND was peaceful and predictable. Parker, the mayor, planned … Continue reading
Title: Sewing the Rainbow – The Story of Gilbert Baker and the Rainbow Flag Written by: Gayle E. Pitman Illustrated by: Holly Clifton-Brown Publisher: Magination Press, October 2018 Ages: 4-8 Genre: biography Themes: lgbtqia+ history, gay flag, rainbow flag, Gilbert Baker Opening: In a … Continue reading
Title: Mixed, A Colorful Story Written and Illustrated by: Arree Chung Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, September 2018 Ages: 4-8 Themes: colors, mixing colors, diversity, acceptance, variety, mixed race Opening: In the beginning there were three colors. Reds, Yellows, and Blues. Synopsis: All special in … Continue reading