This post has a free printable with pages that accompany the book I Am New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien. They could be used without the book but having the book on hand would be nicer, of course. The book is about three English as a Second Language (ESL) children adjusting to new classrooms. At first they do not fit in, but as their skills and talents emerge they begin to belong. One child is a soccer player, one is a writer, and one is an artist. By sharing their abilities, they begin to earn respect of other children who figure out how to be a good friend to the newcomers. This is my fourth post for this year’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day. The author’s page has a fantastic classroom guide for teachers at this link, look on the left side of the page and click on the words classroom or community event kit. It is free!I love this book! I have been “new here” by living in the Netherlands and not knowing much of the language. The author of this book also knows how it feels to be new in post-war South Korea. Her parents were medical missionaries.
I bought my own book on Kindle, but did not feel the full impact of the story until the book and CD were delivered to me for this post. The CD is so quiet yet strong in the message. It is easier to put yourself in the shoes of the new child as their are other languages included in the several voices that tell the story. It is a nice experience to listen to the CD. I will be donating the book and CD to an ELL teacher.
Color and Write PDF for Classes with New ESL Students
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Their mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that. This event has also proven to be an excellent way to compile a list of diverse children’s book titles and reviews for parents, grandparents, educators and librarians to use all year long.
They’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also work tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents. Her children's books are available on Amazon. She was a public school teacher for 28 years, three of those in a desegregation school, five in schools with the Minneapolis Choice is Yours program as a Wayzata teacher. She has been trained in numerous areas such as CGI Math, the National Urban Alliance, reading strategies, writing workshop, and others listed on her about page.