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: Polar Bear Island Written by: Lindsay Bonilla Illustrated by: Cinta Villalobos Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books, October 2018 Ages: 3-5 Themes: polar bears, immigration, inclusion, embracing difference, xenophobia, penguins Opening: POLAR BEAR ISLAND was peaceful and predictable. Parker, the mayor, planned … 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
Emigration is something I know about: the fused mélange of anticipation and fear, the fatigue of a new language, the new sights and sounds bombarding all the senses, the bureaucracy and paper work, the unknown. While set a century ago, … Continue reading