Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Children's Book Review: Hello! I'm New Here/ Hello! You're New Here


Title: Hello I'm New Here/ Hello! You're New Here
Author: Gina K. Lewis
Illustrations: Maria Jose Campos
Genre: Childrens
Publication Date: September 1st, 2021
Publisher: CrissCross Applesauce

Meet Habiba, Aleksander, Malee, Elisa and Dinesh. They have left everything they have ever known and arrived in a classroom in a new country. Meet Grace, Jaylyn, Cameron, Miguel and Yu. They have never lived anywhere else. Hello! I’m New Here is the journey through the challenges that young refugees must navigate to find a sense of belonging in a new place. Flip it over and this two-books-in one also tells this story through the eyes of the students who welcome them in Hello! You’re New Here. In this Welcoming Story, all discover the power of embracing differences. Young refugees have traversed the world, escaped violence, and yet still struggle with the sense of identity forged in the way they dress, the foods they eat. The youngsters in this book encourage each other to be their unique and authentic selves. It is powerful for children to imagine themselves on both sides of this shared experience. It will elicit complex and important conversations with students of any age. Share this diverse book with your children and grandchildren, with your students and their teachers, and with your new neighbors. Experience the joy of feeling accepted and remember the power of a simple Hello!


*This book was given to me for a review. This is my honest and unbiased review*

Hello Fellow Readers,

So Children's books are typically hard for me to review, mostly I determine the rating by whether I would read this book to my child, the answer? Yes, I would love to read this to my little Gremlin. With this book you get 2 in 1, both stories are similar but still fun to read. The illustrations are eye catching and definitely colorful enough to keep a child's attention. This book sends a very important message of struggle and acceptance. I like how they don't try to hide the reasons why these children had to flee and go to their new home, of course they do this in a way that makes it easier for children to understand. 

Overall, a fun and educational book that parents should read to their kids.

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