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: Ramona Blue Author: Julie Murphy Publisher: Balzer & Bray, 2017 Themes: love, genderqueer, fluid sexuality, bisexualism, lesbianism, family, responsibility, labeling, poverty, swimming Age: 13+ Opening: This is a memory I want to keep forever: Grace standing at the stove of her parents’ … Continue reading
I had a different review planned for today, but as with the rest of the children’s book community, I am reeling with the premature loss of one of our best. A year younger than me, Amy Krouse Rosenthal died of … Continue reading
Going on vacation to France with the kids this summer? What better occasion than to take some reading matter for the beach pertaining to the nation. Here are a few of my suggestions for all members of the family. PICTURE … Continue reading