Posts Tagged "I’m New Here"

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 local and regional author visits at Narragansett...

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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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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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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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