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ALA New Orleans | Unpacking the Immigrant Experience: Creating a Space for New Arrivals

Anne Sibley O’Brien, author of I’m New Here and the co-founder of the “I’m Your Neighbor Books” project, which promotes the use of children’s literature featuring new arrival cultures, leads a discussion about how to create welcoming spaces for new arrival students in the classroom and library, thereby enriching the entire community. Panelists include retired Jefferson Parish school librarian and current library consultant Terry Young, author Uma Krishnaswami, author Bao Phi, and illustraor Thi Bui, Caldecott Honor recipient for A DIFFERENT POND. These panelists are dedicated contributors to children's literature who can speak to serving immigrant students. Through children’s literature, students and families of all backgrounds can create welcoming spaces and fascinating learning experiences. This panel discussion will unpack the immigrant experience in the classroom and library by examining language and culture as both barrier and opportunity, and ways teachers, librarians, and fellow students can help new arrivals not only fit in, but thrive and become teachers themselves.

Earlier Event: June 14
Perspectives on Vietnam
Later Event: June 24
ALA New Orleans: Literary Tastes