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 Ordinary Ella Author: Amber Hendricks Illustrator: Luciana Navarro Powell Publisher: Amicus Ink, 2020 Ages: 5-8 Themes: individuality, unique gifts, ordinary, extraordinary, helping others, talent show, Opening: Meet Ella. Ella thinks she’s ordinary. But when she helps with the school talent show, … Continue reading
Title: Goliath, The Boy Who Was Different Author and Illustrator: Ximo Abadia Publisher: Little Gestalten, 2019 Ages: 4-6 Themes: size, difference, individuality, boyhood, growing up Opening: I was big. Synopsis: A story about a boy who was a little too big for his … Continue reading
Title: Julián Is a Mermaid Author & Illustrator: Jessica Love Publisher: Candlewick, 2018 Ages: 5-8 Themes: LGBTQIA, gender expression, diversity, mermaids, boys, nonconformity, unconditional love, afro-latinx, Coney Island Mermaid Parade, individuality, self-love Awards: ALA, Stonewall Picture Book Award, 2019 Opening: This is a boy named … Continue reading