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_m-New-Here-book-coverI 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

This is my free printable I-Am-New-Here-Student-Coloring-Writing to download here.

This is the trailer for this book.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

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.

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Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include ScholasticBarefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. RomanAudrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTVCapstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books

Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan BernardoKathleen Burkinshaw, Maria DismondyD.G. DriverGeoff Griffin,  Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson,  Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana LlanosNatasha Moulton-LevyTeddy O’MalleyStacy McAnulty,  Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa TakaokaGraciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang

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.

MCBD Links to remember:

MCBD site

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers

Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators

Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with is on social media and be sure and look for/use their official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

Thank you for reading! Carolyn