I’m Your Neighbor is a project which promotes the use of children’s literature featuring “new arrival” cultures and groups to engage the entire community in a discussion of commonalities and differences. The project features a recommended list of books and an evolving list of engagement projects for educators, librarians, and community organizations who seek to build bridges.
The goal of the project is to both support communities as their cultural makeup evolves and to create opportunities for children’s literature featuring refugees, immigrants, and “new” marginalized groups.
The project has been envisioned by:
● Anne Sibley O’Brien, Children’s Book Author, Illustrator, and Educator on Race and Children’s Literature
● Terry Farish Children’s Book Author, Adult Author, and director of the NH Humanities Council literacy program Connections that serves many immigrants and refugees
● Kirsten Cappy of Curious City, Children’s Literature Engagement Consultant
The project is in research and development and will launch in full in 2013. We welcome your input at all levels. Please contact us.