Saturday, September 26, 2015

Book Review: I'm New Here

I’M NEW HERE by Anne Sibley O’Brien is a touching picture book following three immigrant children adapting to their new American school.
When Maria, Jin, and Fatimah first arrive in their new school, they’re shy, apprehensive, and confused. However as they observe their peers and begin to participate in classroom activities, they slowing gain confidence.
The colorful, realistic illustrations along with the simple sentences and speech bubbles are perfect for the primary grades.
Librarians will find this book to be an excellent addition to their nonfiction collection focusing on diversity, multicultural issues, and the immigrant experience. Connect this book with social studies in the primary grades.
The author recommends a website called I’m Your Neighbor that promotes children’s literature featuring new arrivals. Go to
To learn more about the author, go to
Publish by Charlesbridge on August 4, 2015.