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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With thousands of terrific children’s books published every month from 2010-2019, I clearly could create these lists many times over. I tried not to second guess myself and just wrote down the 10 books that had stayed with me over … Continue reading
Title: Watch Us Rise Authors: Renée Watson & Ellen Hagan Publisher: Bloomsbury, 2019 Ages: 12-15 Themes: death of a parent, fatphobia, racism, poetry, feminism, voices, mysogeny, African-American, microagressions, #ownvoices, activism, intersectionality, sexual harassment Favorite Quote: “I walk over to the plus size section, wondering … Continue reading
Title: Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution Author: E. E Charlton-Trujillo Publisher: Candlewick, March 2019 Ages: 14+ Themes: LGBTQIA+, lesbians, fatness, mental health, abuse, sequel, bigotry, non-binary Opening: This was the beginning, again. Angie bit the end of her thumbnail, standing with a JanSport kitten-rage backpack given to her by KC … Continue reading