Posts Tagged "books about immigrants"

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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Finding the Audience for a New Book

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Bk: I'm New Here, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | 3 comments

Finding the Audience for a New Book

I’ve just begun the Udemy Course for Freelancers taught by author and entrepreneur Seth Godin. Subscribing to his blog, I’ve found that at least a quarter of his daily posts are so useful, challenging or thought-provoking that I wanted to share them and/or save them for further reflection.  In his course, a series of 87 short videos with writing exercises, Godin guides students through a process designed “to create a non-generic, unique and remarkable individual who has the leverage and the freedom to make a ruckus.” There’s also a comment board where students...

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Welcoming Refugees

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Immigration, Race & Culture | 1 comment

Welcoming Refugees

Over the last two years I’ve been excited to learn of the work of Welcoming America, “a national, grassroots-driven collaborative that works to promote mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans. The ultimate goal of Welcoming America is to create a welcoming atmosphere – community by community – in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns. One of WA’s projects is Welcoming Refugees: “Through a cooperative agreement with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Welcoming America helps...

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Strange New World: Through the Eyes of Just-Arrived Immigrants

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Diverse & Global Books, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Immigration | Comments Off on Strange New World: Through the Eyes of Just-Arrived Immigrants

Strange New World: Through the Eyes of Just-Arrived Immigrants

I recently purchased Here I Am by Patti Kim, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez, a wordless picture book about a boy from South Korea (unnamed but recognizable in the images) who moves with his family to an American city. I can’t express my enthusiasm more eloquently than in the words of author Da Chen: “… a marvelous picture book, a motile encapsulation of the turbulent world of a child uprooted from a faraway land, the confusion and sadness of his strange new world. Strongly compelling with powerful and whimsical visuals… A must read. What a triumph.”   From...

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