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Title

(A) Keynote Address - First Session

Presentation Type

Keynote

Abstract

"My career creating multicultural children’s books is a direct response to my childhood in Korea, which kindled in me a fascination for the beauty and glory of human differences, and a passion for the truth that, across our differences, we are all one human family. We belong to each other. That’s what I’m trying to get to, through all my work.” Anne Sibley O’Brien has created thirty-six picture books for children, including illustrating Jamaica's Find and six other Jamaica titles by Juanita Havill, and Talking Walls and other titles by Margy Burns Knight. Some of the titles she wrote and illustrated include the graphic novel retelling of The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea; A Path of Stars, about a Cambodian American family; and I'm New Here, about three immigrant children. Her first novel, In the Shadow of the Sun, which is set in North Korea, will be released in July 2017 from Arthur Levine/Scholastic. O’Brien’s passion for multiracial, multicultural, and global subjects grew out of her experience of being raised bilingual and bicultural in South Korea as the daughter of medical missionaries. She attended Mount Holyoke College where she majored in Studio Art, and spent her junior year abroad at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. In addition to many book awards, she has received, with author Margy Burns Knight, the 1997 National Education Association Author-Illustrator Human & Civil Rights Award for their body of work. In 2007, she received the Katahdin Award for lifetime achievement from the Maine Library Association. In addition to creating books, she has been involved for many years in diversity education and leadership training. Her blog, "Coloring Between the Lines," focuses on race, culture and children’s books. She is also a performer, and has created a one-woman show entitled “White Lies: one woman’s quest for release from the enchantment of whiteness." She lives with her husband on an island in Maine, and is the mother of two grown children.

Start Date

7-4-2017 8:15 AM

End Date

7-4-2017 9:30 AM

Event Host

UNI College of Education

Comments

This presentation was given twice during separate Breakout Sessions at the 49th Annual Elementary Literacy Conference, April 7, 2017.

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UNI ScholarWorks, University of Northern Iowa, Rod Library

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(A) Keynote Address - First Session

"My career creating multicultural children’s books is a direct response to my childhood in Korea, which kindled in me a fascination for the beauty and glory of human differences, and a passion for the truth that, across our differences, we are all one human family. We belong to each other. That’s what I’m trying to get to, through all my work.” Anne Sibley O’Brien has created thirty-six picture books for children, including illustrating Jamaica's Find and six other Jamaica titles by Juanita Havill, and Talking Walls and other titles by Margy Burns Knight. Some of the titles she wrote and illustrated include the graphic novel retelling of The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea; A Path of Stars, about a Cambodian American family; and I'm New Here, about three immigrant children. Her first novel, In the Shadow of the Sun, which is set in North Korea, will be released in July 2017 from Arthur Levine/Scholastic. O’Brien’s passion for multiracial, multicultural, and global subjects grew out of her experience of being raised bilingual and bicultural in South Korea as the daughter of medical missionaries. She attended Mount Holyoke College where she majored in Studio Art, and spent her junior year abroad at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. In addition to many book awards, she has received, with author Margy Burns Knight, the 1997 National Education Association Author-Illustrator Human & Civil Rights Award for their body of work. In 2007, she received the Katahdin Award for lifetime achievement from the Maine Library Association. In addition to creating books, she has been involved for many years in diversity education and leadership training. Her blog, "Coloring Between the Lines," focuses on race, culture and children’s books. She is also a performer, and has created a one-woman show entitled “White Lies: one woman’s quest for release from the enchantment of whiteness." She lives with her husband on an island in Maine, and is the mother of two grown children.