I’m New Here and Someone New are companion picture books by Anne Sibley O’Brien (Charlesbridge) about three immigrant children and their new classmates. The books tell two sides of the same story. I’m New Here focuses on the first day in an American school for Maria, Jin, and Fatimah and their proceeding few months of adjustment. Someone New focuses on Jesse, Jason, and Emma, the long-term students who strive to connect with their new classmates.
Anne Sibley O’Brien and I’m Your Neighbor Books created a readers theater script that combines the texts of the two books into a single chronological story. We hope that educators and students will use this script as part of a conversation about creating a community of welcoming and belonging.