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Genre: C:CHILDREN C:YOUNG ADULT Fiction Illustrator Non-Fiction

Born: Chicago, Illinois

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O'Brien was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Anne Sibley O'Brien is a children's book writer and illustrator who has created thirty-seven books, some of which she wrote and illustrated, some she wrote, and some she illustrated.

Picture books she illustrated include JAMAICA'S FIND (Houghton Mifflin) and six other Jamaica books by Juanita Havill; and TALKING WALLS (Tilbury House) and four other titles by Margy Burns Knight, for which they received the 1997 National Education Association Author-Illustrator Human & Civil Rights Award.

O'Brien's passion for multiracial, multicultural, and global subjects was kindled by her experience of being raised bilingual and bicultural in South Korea as the daughter of medical missionaries. She reflects on race, culture and children's books at her blog, "Coloring Between the Lines". In 2014 she received the Katahdin Award for lifetime achievement from the Maine Library Association.

She lives on an island in Maine.


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Awards

-- ''In the Shadow of the Sun '', *Junior Library Guild selection, it was also named a Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year; a CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People; an International Literacy Association Teachers' Choice; and a Maine Student Book Award Nominee. -- ''I'm New Here'', *Kirkus Starred Review, Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2015; CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2016; 2016-2017 Maine Chickadee Award Nominee; 2016-2017 Washington State Children's Choice Nominee; 2016 Maine State Library Cream of the Crop; and 2016 Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year. -- ''Someone New'', *Kirkus Starred Review -- ''A Path of Stars'', *Honor Picture Book Award from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association -- ''Talking Walls'', *1997 National Education Association Author-Illustrator Human & Civil Rights Award.