Anne Sibley O’Brien (AnneSibleyOBrien.com) is a children’s book creator who has illustrated thirty books, thirteen of which she also wrote. Picture books 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 wrote and illustrated THE LEGEND OF HONG KIL DONG: THE ROBIN HOOD OF KOREA (Charlesbridge), which won the Aesop Award and the Asian-Pacific American Award for Literature, and was named to Booklist's "Top Ten Graphic Novels for Youth 2007." With her son Perry O'Brien, she co-wrote AFTER GANDHI: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE (Charlesbridge), which won the Maine Literary Book Award, and is on IRA Teachers' Choice and NCSS Notables lists.
Her newest titles are WHAT WILL YOU BE, SARA MEE? (Charlesbridge) by Kate Aver Avraham, and MOON WATCHERS: SHIRIN'S RAMADAN MIRACLE (Tilbury) by Reza Jalali.
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" (www.coloringbetween.blogspot.com).
She also performs as a singer and actor (including appearing in two original cabaret acts about the children's book business at the SCBWI-NE conference!), and has created a one-woman show entitled “White Lies” (www.WhiteLies.ws). She lives with her husband on an island in Maine, and is the mother of two grown children.
Member since 1984
Region: New England: North (Vermont/New Hampshire/Maine)
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