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 that offer readers mirrors and windows. Stories can help us not only navigate our world but also 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 actions and words. I am also a school librarian and I get a kick out of book-matchmaking!
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Title: An Extraordinary, Ordinary Moth Author: Karlin Gray Illustrator: Steliyana Doneva Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press, 2018 Ages: 4-8 Themes: moths, camouflage, insects, being special, scales, antenna, Genre: nonfiction Opening: I’m an ordinary moth, as you can plainly see. A dusty, grayish, dull insect— nothing special—me. Synopsis: Feeling … Continue reading
Title: Henry Knox, Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot Author: Anita Silvey Paintings by: Wendell Minor Publisher: Clarion Books, 2010 Ages: 7-11 Themes: revolutionary war, patriotism, Henry Knox, biography, problem-solving 40 pages/ 16 chapters Opening: When other boys walked, Henry Knox bounced. Where others saw problems, … Continue reading
Title: My Hike in the Forest Author & Illustrator: Neecy Twinem Publisher: Muddy Boots, 2017 Ages: 5-8 Themes: animals, plants, forests, adventure, hiking Genre: Nonfiction Opening: Down the soft path and into the lush forest, we eagerly begin our hike. All is quiet, … Continue reading