Race & Culture

#AllOurChildren

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Immigration, Race & Culture, XYZ Feature | Comments Off on #AllOurChildren

#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 can fight sameness with diversity. Inside...

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

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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 Race: A Bibliography developed by Krista Aronson and...

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Black Lives Matter

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Changing White Mind, Race & Culture | 2 comments

Black Lives Matter

Those of us who create and share children’s books don’t do so in a vacuum. This has been a heartbreaking year of growing awareness of and horror at the depth and pervasiveness of violence directed at the African American community. The frequency of the news stories and the terrible circumstances and outcomes can overwhelm any viewer with a sense of helplessness and hopelessness. But as advocates for children, when events shake our nation, we don’t have the option of being paralyzed. We are compelled to respond, to try to do something – anything – to make the...

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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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