Mark your calendars! One month from today, August 4th, will be the book birthday for I'm New Here by Anne Sibley O'Brien.
This thought-provoking new picture book follows the stories of three recent immigrants as they try to adjust to their new lives in the United States. The story alternates point-of-view from Maria from Guatemala, Jin from Korea, and Fatimah from Somalia. Each child has a unique way of explaining his/her own difficulties during the adjustment process, and each is helped in different ways by classmates.
This will be a great book for sharing at the beginning of the school year, as it has a lot to stay about classroom communities and how to be warm and inviting to all. Kids could brainstorm different ways to reach out to others and to be more welcoming. I will definitely be adding this book to my classroom library.
Looking for other great books about recent immigrants and kids arriving in the US? Check out my text set for Books about Modern Immigration and Immigrants.
(Digital ARC provided via Net Galley in return for an honest review.)