Bk: I’m New Here

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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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 a November 19th reception and workshop,...

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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 welcome… And shared welcome signs in our photo...

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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 her suggestion I brought a few copies of the book...

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I’m New Here RELEASED

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Bk: I'm New Here, Events & Presentations , Immigration | Comments Off on I’m New Here RELEASED

I’m New Here RELEASED

My latest book, I’m New Here, launches into the world today! Though it’s brand new, some exciting things are happening with it already: A starred review in Kirkus! – “heartfelt and poetically rendered” (see 5/24/15 post) In June,  children’s book advocate extraordinaire, Kirsten Cappy of Curious City and I presented a workshop, “New Immigrants, New Approaches: Serving Your Community’s Deep Diversity with Programming and Acquisition,” at the American Library Association conference in San Francisco – and just received the report that...

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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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