Joseph and Whoosh, of Joseph’s Big Ride, and I were invited to Lawrence Public Library’s wild and wonderful summer story series. Kids from all over the city and their teachers trek to the library! Thanks Jazmine and Niko Welch for playing Whoosh and Joseph in our storytelling. Afterwards, though, I found out the art that people bring to coloring sheets. I brought a Whoosh (Dominican American) and a Joseph (born in South Sudan) sheet. How about young Giovanni’s Joseph with a block cut. Thank you Lois Eliot, Children’s Room Coordinator, for the beautiful Children’s Library you have created.
Book artist Ken Daley, wish you’d been there.
In recognition of this being November 9, I’m reposting a photo from this school with young children, grade K – 2 who’ve come to the U.S. as refugees. Much of my fiction is about new Americans and my goal is to keep writing so that my stories might build bridges among us. Here I’m at Broken Ground School in Concord, New Hampshire. I read my book about a small South Sudanese-American boy. With parents, we presented the story in Nepali, English, and Kinyarwanda to children from many countries of the world.
New Immigrant Stories 2016.
Kudos to the illustrators I’ve worked with on my 2016 picture books. Ken Daley illustrated Joseph’s Big Ride. Kirkus wrote about the book, “A young refugee’s dream of riding a bicycle comes true at last when he arrives in America….A joyful, upbeat tale that takes a positive perspective on an immigrant child’s first encounters.” Ken’s vibrant art is joyful.
Luis Paints the World was inspired after seeing murals created in alleyways in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Illustrator Oliver Dominguez painted the world on Luis’s alleyway as it had to be, “lush” and “dynamic” a reviewer said.
For more on these books and all my immigrant stories, here’s my Newsletter, New Immigrant Stories 2016.