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: Fred Gets Dressed Author & Illustrator: Peter Brown Publisher: Little Brown, 2021 Ages: 5-8 Format/Genre: fiction Themes: nakedness, getting dressed, nonconformity, dressing up, unconditional love, playacting, Opening: Fred is naked! Synopsis: Fred likes to run around the house nekkid. That’s pretty much the most … Continue reading
Title: Pink, Blue, And You! Questions for Kids about Gender Stereotypes Author & Illustrator: Elise Gravel With: Mykaell Blais Publisher: Random House, 2022 Ages: 4-8 Format/Genre: nonfiction Themes: gender stereotypes, gender identity, pronouns, lgbtqia+, transgender, Opening: Synopsis: s it okay for boys to cry? … Continue reading
Title: Love, Violet Author: Charlotte Sullivan Wild Illustrator: Charlene Chua Publisher: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2021 Ages: 4-8 Format/Genre: fiction Themes: Valentine’s Day, Friendship, Love, lgbtqia+, first crush, shyness, Opening: As far as Violet was concerned, only one person in her class raced like the … Continue reading