On the bright and crisp Saturday morning of November 5th , Holland’s “The Big Read” continued with an author spotlight on Anne Sibley O’Brien. With her new book, I’m New Here, O’Brien explored the complexities of being new in school, which older readers can parallel with Brother, I’m Dying.
At 11:00 in the morning, about 70 adults and kids, ranging in ages from 3 to 11, sat captivated O’Brien’s beautiful story about three children from different countries finding a home in the United States.
The event started off with a song, “I’m Feeling Wonderful”, in which the author introduced how accepting others makes everyone feel wonderful, and afterwards, Anne Sibley O’ Brien read her book, I’m New Here .
She and the children had a wonderful discussion about what it feels like to be new or different in a place, with emotional responses. One little girl replied that being different made a person feel like “ your heart might blow up”, and another little boy replied that being new can also be “fun and exciting”.
The children then drew how they might welcome someone new, such as playing with the person or inviting them to their house. This was a delightful event that was enjoyed by all and encouraged everyone to get reading.
Anne Sibley O’ Brien is the author of 36 children books. She lives in Maine with her children and grandchildren, and she has a blog entitled “Coloring Between the Lines”.
By: Emma Jones