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 that offer readers mirrors and windows. Stories can help us not only navigate our world but also 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 actions and words. I am also a school librarian and I get a kick out of book-matchmaking!
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Title: We Shall Overcome Author: Debbie Levy Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton Publisher: Jump at The Sun Books, 2013 Ages: 4-8 Themes: song, equality, African Americans, slavery, freedom Opening: I’ll be all right, I’ll be all right, I’ll be all right some day. … Continue reading
Title: Lift Your Light a Little Higher The Story of Stephen Bishop: Slave-Explorer Author: Heather Henson Illustrator: Bryan Collier Publisher: Athenium Books for Young Readers, 2016 Ages: 6-9 Themes: Slavery, exploration, caving, reading, pioneers, biography, Kentucky, Mammoth cave Opening: The past is like … Continue reading
While visiting with author/illustrator Hazel Mitchell last month I had the privilege of accompanying her to visit renowned author, artist, poet, patron Ashley Bryan in his home on Little Cranberry Island, Acadia, Maine. He not only showed us around his … Continue reading