I’m New Here

It can be scary being new in school. Maria, Jin, and Fatimah are new to their American elementary school. The words that they hear around them and see on the page are confusing. They each long for the language that they understand and the friends who understand them back home. They feel as though they don’t fit in—they are alone, confused, and sad in their new school. After observing those around them, however, each new student slowly gains the confidence to interact with their new surroundings. They realize that their peers and teachers are very supportive, welcoming, and excited to learn what the new students have to share. The use of expressive illustrations, and a succinct main text paired with speech bubbles conveys the feelings of fear and apprehension experienced for immigrant children assimilating to a new place.

Age Level: 6-9