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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Don’t you just love the serendipitous discovery that one of your favorite picture books of the previous year that you already have scheduled for this Friday’s Perfect Picture Books just happens to have won a well deserved Caldecott Honor Award … Continue reading
Title: THE LION AND THE MOUSE By Jerry Pinkney Published by Hatchette Book Group, 2009 Ages: 2-8 Themes: fable, kindness, unlikely paring Awards: Caldecott Medal, 2010 40 pages Opening Lines: Who Who Whooo Synopsis: While the book does begin with an owl hooting, … Continue reading
Red Sings from Treetops – a year in colors by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2009 Ages: 4-8 Themes: colors, seasons, poetry Honors/Awards Received: 2010 Caldecott Honor Award Claudia Lewis Poetry Award Minnesota Book Award … Continue reading