FREE COMPANION CLASSROOM ACTIVITY: http://www.curiouscitydpw.com/2016/01/19/im-new-here-welcoming/ I'M NEW HERE a picture book by Anne Sibley O'Brien (Charlesbridge Publishing) http://www.annesibleyobrien.com/index.php/asob/books BOOK DESCRIPTION Maria is from Guatemala, Jin is from Korea, and Fatima is from Somalia. All three are 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.