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: Speak up, Speak Out! The extraordinary life of “Fighting Shirley Chisholm” Author: Tonya Bolden Foreward by: Stacey Abrams Publisher: National Geographic Partners, 2022 Ages: 8-12 Format/Genre: biography Themes: African American legislators, presidential candidate, civil rights, women’s rights, activism, Shirley Chisolm Quote: If Harriet Tubman, … Continue reading
Title: Unspeakable, The Tulsa Race Massacre Author: Carole Boston Weatherford Illustrator: Floyd Cooper Publisher: Carolrhoda Books, Feb 2nd, 2021 Ages: 4-8 32 pages. Genre: nonfiction, history Themes: African Americans, racism, violence, white supremacy, black history month, systemic racism, suppression of history, Tulsa massacre Opening:Once Upon … Continue reading
Title: Bread For Words, A Frederick Douglass Story Author: Shana Keller Illustrator: Kayla Stark Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press, 2020 Ages: 4-8 32 pages. Genre: biography Themes: African Americans, slavery, biography, frederick douglass, literacy. freedom, perseverance Opening: I know where I was born, not when. … Continue reading