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: Polar Bear Island Written by: Lindsay Bonilla Illustrated by: Cinta Villalobos Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books, October 2018 Ages: 3-5 Themes: polar bears, immigration, inclusion, embracing difference, xenophobia, penguins Opening: POLAR BEAR ISLAND was peaceful and predictable. Parker, the mayor, planned … Continue reading
Title: Toby Written and Illustrated by: Hazel Mitchell Published by: Candlewick, September 13th, 2016 Themes: dog adoption, single parent families, companionship, transition, loneliness Ages: 4-8 Opening: “Hey bud, can you help me unpack?” “Sure. Dad…” “Can we get a dog?” … Continue reading
Title: Trapped, A Whale’s Rescue Author: Robert Burleigh Illustrator: Wendell Minor Publisher: Charlesbridge, 2015 Ages: 4-8 Themes: endangered species, fishing nets, conservation, marine life, humpback whales, animal rescue, California Opening: The huge humpback whale dips and dives. Her sleek black sides shimmering, she spy hops, … Continue reading