I'm New Here

Readers walk in the shoes of three students struggling after immigrating to the United States.

By Anne Sibley O'Brien Illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien Read by Adriana Sananes and Tim Andrés Pabon Education / Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues English 12m Sell Sheet
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1 Video DVD August 15, 2017 $38.99 $38.99 9781520079035 Add to Cart
									Maria is from Guatemala, Jin is from Korea, and Fatima is from Somalia. All three are immigrants and new to their American elementary school, and each has trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense of their home country, language, and identity. 

Young readers from all backgrounds will appreciate this touching story about the assimilation of three immigrant students in a supportive school community. Anne Sibley O'Brien is one of the founders of I'm Your Neighbor, an organization that promotes children's literature featuring "new arrival" cultures. As the rate of immigration to the United States increases, topics related to immigration are increasingly more important in the classroom and home. I'm New Here demonstrates how our global community can work together and build a home for all.

"This DVD is a powerful tool for teachers, librarians, and young students to build empathy and forge connections." - School Library Journal

"Whether [viewers] 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." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"This well-conceived, thoughtful picture book traces the first day at a new school for three children with very different experiences of adjusting, linguistically and culturally...Because Sibley O'Brien spotlights three examples, no child will feel singled out. She paves the way for teachers and parents to share this with children both as a way of preparing a new student, and as a way to welcome a classmate who may share this trio's predicament." - Shelf Awareness

"Narrators Adriana Sananes and Tim Andres Pabon charmingly capture the natural tone, speech, and innocence of the youngsters. This tale offers viewers a glimpse of diverse and new cultures, backgrounds, and experiences." - Booklist