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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Tag Archives: India
Title: The True Story of Jadav Payeng The Boy Who Grew a Forest Author: Sophia Gholz Illustrator: Kayla Harren Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press, 2019 Ages: 4-8 Themes: deforestation, tree planting, habitats, conservation, India, one man power, caring for earth Opening: … Continue reading
Title: Be the Change, A Grandfather Gandhi Story Authors: Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus Illustrator: Evan Turk Publisher: Simon and Schuster, 2016 Ages: 7-11 Themes: being the change, Gandhi, passive violence, autobiographical, wastefulness Dedication page: The World knows him as Mahatma Gandhi, Great … Continue reading
Title: Out of the Way! Out of the Way! Written by: Uma Krishnaswami; illustrated by Uma Krishnaswamy Published by: Groundwork Books, 2010 Ages: 4-8 Themes: passage of time, India, trees Opening Lines: A dusty path ran through a village. People and animals … Continue reading