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: We Are Grateful, Otsaliheliga Written by: Traci Sorell Illustrated by: Frané Lessac Publisher: Charlesbridge, Sept. 2018 Ages: 4-8 Themes: thankfulness, seasons, Cherokee, Cherokee language, community Opening: Cherokee people say otsaliheliga to express gratitude. It is a reminder to celebrate our blessings and … Continue reading
My online author-illustrator friend, Dow Phumiruk has just released a new picture book, Mela and the Elephant, which I love and am reviewing on Friday. Ziyue Chen’s art beautifully enhances Dow’s text, and in my goal to interview as diverse … Continue reading
Title: An Extraordinary, Ordinary Moth Author: Karlin Gray Illustrator: Steliyana Doneva Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press, 2018 Ages: 4-8 Themes: moths, camouflage, insects, being special, scales, antenna, Genre: nonfiction Opening: I’m an ordinary moth, as you can plainly see. A dusty, grayish, dull insect— nothing special—me. Synopsis: Feeling … Continue reading