JOANNE OPPENHEIM is the author of more than 50 books for and about children. Her young adult book, Dear Miss Breed, True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration (Scholastic) won the Carter G. Woodson Award from the National Council of Social Studies Teachers as best book of the year for the Secondary Grades and was on the Best for Teens List of the New York Public Library. It was recently translated into Japanese. Oppenheim adapted the book as a play for the San Diego Public Library where it was produced by the Asian Story Theatre with a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP). She is also the author of Stanley Hayami, Nisei Son, a book produced originally with a grant from CCLPEP. She is currently working on a video based on the Hayami diary that will be released in late spring 2011. Oppenheim travels regularly to do programs about her research and Japanese American books in schools, libraries, and organizations in many parts of the country.
In 1990, Joanne and her daughter founded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, an organization that reviews children products. As a contributor to NBC’s Today Show, she appeared monthly for many years. Her daughter and partner now does the appearances on Today. Oppenheim has also appeared as a child development expert on Good Morning America, Oprah, CBS Early Show, and Nightline.
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