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Presumpscot Students Celebrate Reading with Author

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Presumpscot Students Celebrate Reading with Author
Posted on 10/23/2015
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On Oct. 13, Presumpscot Elementary School welcomed back writer and illustrator Anne Sibley O'Brien for a special reading event.

Last spring, all students at the school received a signed copy of one of her books to take home to add to their home libraries.

O’Brien recently published a new book, called "I'm New Here." The picture book for elementary school students features three characters that are recent immigrants, and focuses on their experience being new in elementary school and the compassion students can show to friends as they begin something new. O’Brien held a book release event at the Portland Public Library in September during National Welcoming Week, a series of nationwide events that highlight the contributions of immigrants to America.

The Presumpscot event started with students talking to O’Brien about books they read over the summer and a celebration of the great amount of reading that students did during that time. Then O’Brien read her book to families and families shared their own stories of being new. The events they described included new jobs, new apartments and being new in the United States.
photo from O'Brien Presumpscot reading event