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: The Boy and the Bindi Author: Vivek Shraya Illustrator: Rajni Perera Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016 Ages: 3-7 Themes: gender non-conforming, non-binary, bindi, Indians, lgbtqia, Pride, gender identity, South Asia, belonging, identity Opening: Have you seen my Ammi’s dot? It’s a bright and … Continue reading
Title: Kitten and the Night Watchman Author: John Sullivan Illustrator: Taeeun Yoo Publisher: Paula Wiseman Books, 2019 Ages: 3-7 Literary Awards Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for Writer (2019) Themes: night watchmen, different jobs, worry, companionship. Kittens, belonging, comfort Opening: The night watchman hugs … Continue reading
Title: Extraordinary Birds Author: Sandy Stark-McGinnis Publisher: Bloomsbury, April 30th, 2019 Ages: 8-12 Themes: birds, belonging, family, friendship, scars,foster homes, trauma, abandonment, hope, transgender Opening: At the third tier of branches, my heart starts to beat fast. Birds need a fast heartbeat. … Continue reading