About the Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival
Since 2020, the founders Indigo Arts Alliance, I’m Your Neighbor Books, Diverse BookFinder, and an amazing array of community partners, collaborators, and sponsors have produced the annual Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival.
Created to honor the legacy of Black children’s book creator and artist Ashley Bryan, the festival celebrates the authors, illustrators, and children’s books of the Africa Diaspora.
Each year 3000+ books are given to Maine children and book engagement events are produced across the state. Over 12,000 books have been given to date!
During the pandemic, those book engagement activities were produced as videos seen by over 114,000 people in 123 countries!
Black Immigrant Stories Celebrated
I’m Your Neighbor Books was especially proud of the ways the festival has honored the stories of recent African immigrants. Explore the books the festival featured and their powerful companion materials:
- Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings
- A Feast for Joseph
- Joseph’s Big Ride
- Little Bird’s Flock
- Nana Akua Goes to School
- The Red Pencil
- Thank You, Omu!
- When Stars Are Scattered
- When I Get Older: The Story Behind Wavin’ Flag
- Wherever I Go
- Your Name is a Song
- The Year I Flew Away
Support the Festival
Discover how you can donate to support the festival’s astounding community impact or how you can sponsor the annual event.
“Research shows that children in communities where English is not the primary language are at risk of missing early literacy skills and entering school at a deficit. These early deficits can have psychological, social, and economic consequences…The Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival addresses this gap.”
–Dr. Krista Aronson, I’m Your Neighbor Books Advisory Board Member