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: Sea Otter Heroes- The Predators that Saved the Ecosystem Author: Patricia Newman Publisher: Millbrook Press, 2017 Ages: 8-12 Themes: sea otters, seagrass, marine habitats, ecology, Elkhorn Slough, trophic cascade Creative Nonfiction – 56 pages Opening: What does a playful sea … Continue reading
Title: Over and Under the Pond Author: Kate Messner Illustrator: Christopher Silas Neal Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2017 Ages: 5-8 Themes: pond ecology Genre: nonfiction 40 pages Opening: Over the pond we slide, splashing through lily pads, sweeping through reeds. The water’s a mirrror reflecting the sky. … Continue reading
Title: The March Against Fear – The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power Author: Ann Bausum Publisher: National Geographic Ages: 11-18 Themes: civil rights movement, protesting, marching, black power, march against fear, James Meredith, Mississippi, 1966 ……………………………………………………………….. … Continue reading