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: Surf’s Up Author: Kwame Alexander Illustrator: Daniel Miyares Publisher: North South, 2015 Ages: 4-8 Themes: Surf, summer joys, reading Opening: Surf’s up, Bro! Not yet, Dude. Books’ are boring. Not this one. Synopsis: Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to … Continue reading
Title: Good Night Baddies Author: Deborah Underwood Illustrator: Juli Kangas Publisher: Beach Lane Books, 2016 Ages: 4-8 Themes: Fairytale baddies, good hearts, humor Review copy from publisher. Opening: Sun dips down; the day has gone. Witches, wolves, and giants yawn. Queen and dragon, troll … Continue reading
Title: Maple & Willow Together Written and illustrated by: Lori Nichols Published by: Nancy Paulsen Books, Nov. 4th, 2014 Themes/Topics: sisters, sibling dynamics, making up Suitable for ages: 3-7 Fiction, 32 pages Opening: Maple and her little sister, Willow, were always together. … Continue reading