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: Cat Prowling Author: Maria Gianferrari Illustrator: Bagram Ibatoulline Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, 2022 Ages: 5-8 Format/Genre: narrative nonfiction Themes: bobcats, yearling, territory Opening: Beyond your house,behind tall pines,under paling starsMother Bobcat wakes. Bobcat Yearling,from last year’s litter,stretches and yawns. Synopsis: A young bobcat leaves … Continue reading
The theme of earth day this year is, Invest In Our Planet. I picked this picture book because, a) I am an avid hiker, and b) I think hiking with kids is one of the best ways to introduce our … Continue reading
Title: Smitten with Kittens Author: Florence Minor Illustrator: Wendell Minor Publisher: Charlesbridge, 2022 Ages: 2-5 Format/Genre: narrative nonfiction Themes: kittens, rhyme Opening: Who isn’t smitten with a kitten’s MEW and all the cute thingsthat kittens will DO? Synopsis: Get smitten with kittens in this rhyming … Continue reading