Teacher’s Guide: Welcome to the New World

Welcome to the New World tells the Aldabaans’ story. Resettled in Connecticut with little English, few friends, and even less money, the family of seven strive to create something like home. As a blur of language classes, job-training programs, and the fearsome first days of high school (with hijab) give way to normalcy, the Aldabaans are lulled into a sense of security. A white van cruising slowly past the house prompts some unease, which erupts into full terror when the family receives a death threat and is forced to flee and start all over yet again. The America in which the Aldabaans must make their way is by turns kind and ignorant, generous and cruel, uplifting and heartbreaking.

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2020 School & Library Webinars & Digital Events

We’re ready and eager to spread the word about upcoming books, from our computers to yours! Check back here as more upcoming events will be added soon. Plus, watch archived videos from author events, webinars, book buzzes, and more!

October 1-October 31st: ILA Next
ILA Next is the International Literacy Association’s immersive, interactive professional learning experience designed exclusively for an online setting. Visit Macmillan Children’s in the virtual exhibit hall! Don’t miss Keynote Speaker Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Dan Santat on Saturday, October 3rd!

October 2-3: ALSC Virtual Institute
ALSC National Institute is a biennial intensive learning opportunity and one of the only conferences devoted solely to children’s librarianship, literature, and technology. Don’t miss General Session Speakers We Are Water Protectors author Carole Lindstrom and illustrator Michaela Goade on October 2nd!

October 15, 2020: School Library Journal Fall Day of Dialog (FREE!)
Join us for a daylong program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks that will keep you informed, inspired, and entertained. All sessions and author chats will be available for viewing on-demand until December 15, 2020. Hear from Randi Pink, author of Angel of Greenwood & more! Plus visit Macmillan Children’s in the virtual exhibit hall for a Q&A with Hafsah Faizal, author of We Free the Stars!

October 24, 2020: School Library Journal Virtual Summit (FREE!) Join us for a daylong event, where you’ll gain skills, ideas, and support in leading the change you want to see in your library, school, and community. Hear from Aiden Thomas, author of Cemetery Boys and Ngozi Ukazu, author of Check, Please!

November 5: LJ & SLJ LibraryCon Live (FREE!)
Join Library Journal and School Library Journal for a day-long celebration of fandom-beloved stories and characters, featuring the creators behind mind-bending speculative fiction, innovative comics, and fan-favorite graphic novels. Don’t miss panels with Hafsah Faizal (author of We Free the Stars) and Daniel Kraus (author of They Threw Us Away) and more!

November 6-8: YALSA YA Services Symposium
Join YALSA for their virtual Symposium as they discuss literature, activities, and programs needed to serve and inspire today’s teens.​ Don’t miss author panels with April Henry (Playing with Fire), Aiden Thomas (Cemetery Boys), George M. Johnson (All Boys Aren’t Blue), Adalyn Grace (All the Stars and Teeth), Anna-Marie McLemore (The Mirror Season), and more! Plus, tune in for the Margaret A. Edwards Award speech from winner Steve Sheinkin!

November 19-22: NCTE Virtual Annual Convention
Join us for the National Council for the Teachers of English Virtual Convention! Stay tuned for our full roster of author speakers, our NCTE Virtual Booth, and more resources!

December 4-6: NCSS Virtual Conference
Join us for the National Council for the Social Studies Virtual Conference! Stay tuned for our full roster of author speakers, our NCSS Virtual Booth, and more resources!

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