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 Andres Pabon Education / Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues English 12m Sell Sheet
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1 Video DVD Tue Aug 15 00:00:00 UTC 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.

"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

"Brightly hued watercolors on stark white backgrounds show the children's adjustment to the new situation and their classmates' ready acceptance...The title would be useful in sparking a discussion..." - School Library Journal

"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

"Based on her own experiences living in another country as a young child, Sibley shows the challenges of three new American students as they navigate their first day of school...The simplicity of the narrative combined with vibrant watercolor artwork depicting a wide range of diversity results in a powerful message of empathy for the immigrant experience. Additionally, an author's note explains why some families emigrate and how readers can help new Americans transition and provides a link to the I'm Your Neighbor project, which promotes children's literature featuring new arrivals." - Booklist