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: Soccerverse – Poems about Soccer Author: Liz Steinglass Illustrator: Edson Îke Publisher: Wordsong, 2019 Ages: 4-8 Genre: Poetry Themes: soccer, poetry, poetic forms, diversity Example: THE FANS I like it when my parents come. I like when they are near. But when they yell … Continue reading
Title: Watch Us Rise Authors: Renée Watson & Ellen Hagan Publisher: Bloomsbury, 2019 Ages: 12-15 Themes: death of a parent, fatphobia, racism, poetry, feminism, voices, mysogeny, African-American, microagressions, #ownvoices, activism, intersectionality, sexual harassment Favorite Quote: “I walk over to the plus size section, wondering … Continue reading
Title: Hush that Hullabaloo Author: Donna Marie Merritt Illustrator: Chris Demarest Publisher: MacLaren-Chocrane, June 20th, 2017 Ages: 3-8 Themes: Scottish brogue, birthday celebrations, rhyme, grandparents Opening: Hullabaloo! Hullabaloo! Hush that hullabaloo! Michty me! What to do? Hush that hullabaloo! Synopsis: Grandpa is fretting at … Continue reading