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: 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
Title: The Journey Author and Illustrator: Francesca Sanna Publisher: Flying Eye Books, 2016 Ages: 6-12 Themes: immigration, journeys, fear of unknown, new homes, hope, refugees Opening: I lived with my family in a city close to the sea. Every summer we used to spend … Continue reading
Title: Come with me Author: Holly McGhee Illustrator: Pascal Lemaître Publisher: G. R. Putnam’s Sons. 2017 Ages: 4-8 Themes: making a difference, hope, empathy, small acts of kindness Opening: All over the world, the news told and retold of anger and hatred– People … Continue reading