O'Brien, Anne (1952 - )

Genre: Children's Literature, Illustrator

Annie O'Brien lives on Peaks Island, Maine, and is a children's book writer and illustrator. She grew up in a bi-cultural society as the daughter of American medical missionaries in Korea, and she has taught Korean at the Korean United Methodist Church in Portland.

She earned her B.A. (cum laude) from Mount Holyoke College in 1975. She is active in diversity education in schools nationwide.

Selected Bibliography


  • Where's My Truck? (1985)
  • Come Play with Us (1985)
  • I'm Not Tired (1985)
  • I Want That! (1985)
  • Don't Say No! (1986)
  • I Don't Want to Go (1986)
  • It Hurts! (1986)
  • It's Hard to Wait (1986)
  • The Princess and the Beggar: A Korean Folktale (adapted and illustrated by O'Brien, 1993)
  • The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea (2006)
  • A Path of Stars (2012)


  • The Mystery of the Haunted Cabin (by Judy Delton, 1986)
  • Jamaica's Find (by Juanita Havill, 1986/2004)
  • Jamaica Tag-Along (by Juanita Havill, 1989/2003)
  • Talking Walls and the Talking Walls Activity Guide (both by Margy Burns Knight, 1992)
  • Who Belongs Here: An American Story (by Margy Burns Knight, 1993)
  • Jamaica and Brianna (by Juanita Havill, 1993)
  • Who Belongs Here Activity Guide (by Margy Burns Knight, 1994)
  • Welcoming Babies (by Margy Burns Knight, 1994)
  • Jamaica's Blue Marker (by Juanita Havill, 1995)
  • Talking Walls: The Stories Continue (by Margy Burns Knight, 1996)
  • Jouanah, a Hmong Cinderella (adapted by Jewell R. Coburn, 1996)
  • Jamaica and the Substitute Teacher (by Juanita Havill, 1999)
  • Africa is Not a Country (by Margy Burns Knight and Mark Melnicove, 2000)
  • Briana, Jamaica, and the Dance of Spring (by Juanita Havill, 2002)
  • Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley in Africa (2003); with Don Brown, Juanita Havill)

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