Diverse & Global Books

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 “I’m New Here: Welcoming Immigrant...

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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 kindergarteners are children of color, only around 10% of our...

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Collection Launched!

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Diverse & Global Books, Events & Presentations  | Comments Off on Collection Launched!

Collection Launched!

We had a delightful gathering for our reception last Thursday for The Picture Book Project: A Bates College Collection Portraying People of Color.   The Picture Book Project team: Bates College Professor Krista Aronson, with baby Hope; me; students Gift Pola Kiti, Caroline Kern and Brenna Callahan   Attendees included students and faculty from Bates and people from the wider community including Tilbury House, the Maine State Library, and the Maine Humanities Council…            and best of all, children....

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Stars in My Eyes

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Bk: I'm New Here, Diverse & Global Books, Immigration, Race & Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Stars in My Eyes

Stars in My Eyes

Last week I received the great news that my upcoming picture book, I’m New Here, received a starred review in Kirkus! “O’Brien’s watercolor-and-digital illustrations masterfully use perspective, white space, and the contrast between the children ‘back home’ and in their new settings to highlight the transition from outsider to friend. … Whether readers are new themselves or meeting those who are new, there are lessons to be learned here about perseverance, bravery, and inclusion, and O’Brien’s lessons are heartfelt and poetically rendered.” My editor,...

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The Picture Book Project

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Diverse & Global Books, Events & Presentations , Race & Culture | Comments Off on The Picture Book Project

The Picture Book Project

You are invited to the launch of  The Picture Book Project A Bates College Collection Portraying People of Color May 21st  4-6pm Bates College Ladd Library RSVP ralbitz@bates.edu Light refreshments will be served Come celebrate with other parents, teachers, librarians, authors, illustrators, publishers and researchers who share an interest in diverse children's books. Hear about the collection, peruse the books and learn how you can check them out for personal or professional use. Founded by Krista Aronson, Associate Professor of Psychology at Bates, in collaboration with Anne Sibley...

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Diversity on the Shelf Reading Challenge: Books Read 1

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in Diverse & Global Books | 1 comment

Diversity on the Shelf Reading Challenge: Books Read 1

Here are my first reads (1/5 of the challenge!), in the order I read them, for the Diversity on the Shelf Reading Challenge, hosted by Alysia at My Little Pocketbooks. All are written by authors of color and all have main characters of color, who all happen to be girls and young women – not planned! I didn’t plan this either, but I’m also delighted by the diversity of genres – 1 memoir in verse,  2 realistic novels, 1 biography in verse, and 1 fantasy novel; and the fact that the settings include 4 countries: the U.S., Cambodia, England, and a fantasy China. Brown...

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