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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Category Archives: Middle Grade novel
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes … Continue reading
Title: The Battle of Junk Mountain Author: Lauren Abbey Greenberg Publisher: Running Press kids, 2018 Ages: 8-12 Themes: ageing, grandparents, hoarding, Maine, island life, summer friendships, loss & grief, growing up, coming-of-age Opening: I didn’t expect my summer sister to ditch me the … Continue reading
Title: Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry Author: Susan Vaught Publisher: A Paula Wiseman Book (S&S), 2016 Themes: Racism, civil rights movement, Oxford (Mississippi), 20th century, families, Alzheimers, Ages: 10-14 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Juvenile, 2017 Quote: … Continue reading