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: Extraordinary Ordinary Ella Author: Amber Hendricks Illustrator: Luciana Navarro Powell Publisher: Amicus Ink, 2020 Ages: 5-8 Themes: individuality, unique gifts, ordinary, extraordinary, helping others, talent show, Opening: Meet Ella. Ella thinks she’s ordinary. But when she helps with the school talent show, … Continue reading
Dear blog-followers, I am back after my annual summer blog hiatus and seven weeks traveling in California and Colorado. I visited with seventeen kid lit friends during my travels, meeting some for the first time in person. And as always, … Continue reading
Title: Hawk Rising Author: Maria Gianferrari Illustrator: Brian Floca Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, 2018, June 5th Ages: 3-7 Themes: hawks, raptors, red-tailed hawks, predators Genre: Narrative non-fiction Opening: Father Hawk stretches wide his wings. You stretch your arms as Mars rises red in the sky. Synopsis: … Continue reading