Posts Tagged "immigrant literature"

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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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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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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