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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Title: Hush that Hullabaloo Author: Donna Marie Merritt Illustrator: Chris Demarest Publisher: MacLaren-Chocrane, June 20th, 2017 Ages: 3-8 Themes: Scottish brogue, birthday celebrations, rhyme, grandparents Opening: Hullabaloo! Hullabaloo! Hush that hullabaloo! Michty me! What to do? Hush that hullabaloo! Synopsis: Grandpa is fretting at … Continue reading
Title: Interstellar Cinderella Written by: Deborah Underwood Illustrated by: Meg Hunt Published by: Chronicle Books LLC, 2015 Themes/Topics: retelling fairytales, Cinderella, outer space, rhyme Suitable for ages: 4-8 40 pages Opening: Once upon a planetoid, amid her tools and sprockets, a girl named Cinderella dreamed … Continue reading
Title: I Know a Bear Written and illustrated by: Mariana Ruiz Johnson Published by: Schwarz & Wade Books, 2014 (originally published in France as J’ai un Ours by Editions Gallimard Jeunesse, Paris, 2011) Themes/Topics: zoo animals, bears, listening Suitable for ages: 3-7 Opening: I know a bear … Continue reading