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#AllOurChildren

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Immigration, Race & Culture, XYZ Feature | 0 comments

#AllOurChildren

In a December 2016 column entitled, “Notes from the Resistance,” journalist and author Summer Brennan observes that it’s impossible to respond to all the current threats to what we hold dear: “What we must do, instead, is to find our particular hills to defend, and then to defend them as if our freedom depended on it… “Get a diary or journal and write down as many words as you can that relate to the things that you value. Fascism favors sameness; it represents a desertification of language and thinking. You...

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Start with Art

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Start with Art

My next piece for my column, “The Illustrator’s Perspective,” in the upcoming issue of the Bulletin of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, is entitled “Start with Art.” It’s about the daily art journaling I’ve committed to for 2017, based on Gina Rossi Armfield’s book, No Excuses Art Journaling. Here are two weekly pages from...

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I’M NEW HERE: Resources for Welcoming Immigrants & Refugees

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Bk: I'm New Here, Diverse & Global Books, For Educators, Immigration, Race & Culture, XYZ Feature | 2 comments

I’M NEW HERE: Resources for Welcoming Immigrants & Refugees

In the midst of the shocking events of the last week, including the Executive Order banning immigrants from certain Muslim countries, one hopeful sign has been the response of teachers, librarians and parents who have sought out books about the immigrant and refugee experience to share with children. I’ve received multiple messages from educators who have read and discussed I’m New Here in classrooms. Here are some resources that can be used to expand student engagement:     AUDIO/VIDEO I’m New Here audiobook...

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Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in For Educators, Race & Culture, XYZ Feature | Comments Off on Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race

Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race

On April 30, I presented my workshop, “Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race,” for the Massachusetts School Library Association conference in Amherst. Here is the title and resource list I’ve developed for the workshop. Many of the titles are older ones that I’ve used for years; they are intended as prototypes so that librarians, teachers and parents can apply these categories to other, more recent titles as well.       BOOKS AS BRIDGES Using Children’s Books to Talk About...

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Why I Haven’t Posted Since October

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Events & Presentations  | Comments Off on Why I Haven’t Posted Since October

Why I Haven’t Posted Since October

The last six+ months have been a wild, often flat-out run, during which I: promoted my Fall 2015 title, I’m New Here (Charlesbridge); launched my Spring 2016 title, Abracadabra, It’s Spring! (Abrams); finished editing my Fall 2016 title, Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! (Abrams); revised my Spring 2017 YA novel, In the Shadow of the Sun (Scholastic/Arthur Levine); traveled for an author visit to Daegu International School – in my childhood home of Daegu, Korea! – and reunions with old friends and extended family; did...

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Picturing New Neighbors

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Bk: I'm New Here, Bk: Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle, Bk: Path of Stars, Bk: What Will You Be, Sara Mee?, Events & Presentations , Immigration | Comments Off on Picturing New Neighbors

Picturing New Neighbors

On September 30, in the midst of torrential rains and flash flooding in the city, I still managed to get in from the island to hang an exhibit of illustrations in the Children’s Room of Portland Public Library. The exhibit, “Picturing New Neighbors,” features selected original artwork from these four books, all of which feature immigrant children: My stellar intern, Caitlyn Hubbard, made the whole day work; I never would have made it without her. Thanks, Katie! The exhibit will be up through November, and will culminate with...

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Celebrating I’M NEW HERE

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Bk: I'm New Here, Events & Presentations , Immigration | Comments Off on Celebrating I’M NEW HERE

Celebrating I’M NEW HERE

The September 19 launch party and film preview for I’m New Here was wonderful. Master-minded and MC-ed by the ever brilliant and resourceful Kirsten Cappy of Curious City, the event drew some 70 people, including this crew from the filming at Hall School (above). I read the book and we shared Fred’s video of students talking about being new and being welcoming: and his interview of me talking about creating the book: Read a post about the making of the video. People wrote messages about what it feels like to be new and how to...

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Serendipity

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Bk: I'm New Here, Events & Presentations , Immigration | 2 comments

Serendipity

An artist friend, Jo Israelson, has been working for months on an art installation called, “Welcoming the Stranger: Building Understanding Through Community-Based Art,” here in Portland, Maine. The exhibit highlights the treatment of immigrants in Portland during the 1920’s with their treatment today. Several events included in the two-month-long calendar of “Welcoming the Stranger” feature my just-released book about immigrant children, I’m New Here. Tonight was Jo’s opening at the Maine Jewish Museum. At...

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Why #BigFiveSignOn? #WNDB

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Changing White Mind, Diverse & Global Books, For Educators | 2 comments

Why #BigFiveSignOn? #WNDB

Anne Sibley O’Brien Illustration Dear Publishers, Please sign up for the Diversity Baseline survey designed by Lee & Low. As they state, Our goal with the Diversity Baseline Survey is to establish a baseline that shows where we are now so we can start taking concrete steps to address the problem. The purpose is not to point fingers or to shame anyone. The purpose is to find out exactly who we are and where we are, as an industry, at this moment in time. You’ve seen the numbers: while more than 50% of our entering...

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Story First: Using Children’s Books to Explore Korean Culture & Identity

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Events & Presentations , For Educators, Korean Books & Culture | Comments Off on Story First: Using Children’s Books to Explore Korean Culture & Identity

Story First: Using Children’s Books to Explore Korean Culture & Identity

Once again I participated in a National Association of Korean Schools teachers conference – the second in a week – this one the New England chapter, in North Andover, MA. (It’s a complete coincidence that I did them back-to-back; this invitation came through another Korean acquaintance.) Annual gatherings like the two I attended offer teachers (mostly volunteers) from across a region the chance to connect and to gain new knowledge, skills and inspiration to improve the effectiveness of their instruction.   Korean...

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