Engagement Projects

Giveaway of the Syrian Refugee Novel NOWHERE BOY

New in Paperback I’m Your Neighbor Books is delighted to announce that Katherine Marsh’s acclaimed Syrian refugee novel Nowhere Boy (MacKids) is now available in paperback. Many educators and community groups have been eager to use the book in community-wide, school-wide, and full classroom reads to create conversations on immigration and allyship. The release of… Read more »

New Guide: Engaging Children in a Conversation on Immigration, Welcoming, and Belonging.

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I’m Your Neighbor Books offers this updated guide to having conversations on immigration, welcoming, and belonging. I’m New Here tells the story of how three resilient immigrant students (from Guatemala, Somalia, and Korea) strive to belong. Someone New tells the story of how three longterm students (two White, one African American) strive to make the… Read more »

Readers Theater for Welcoming & Belonging

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I’m New Here and Someone New are companion picture books by Anne Sibley O’Brien (Charlesbridge) about three immigrant children and their new classmates. The books tell two sides of the same story. I’m New Here focuses on the first day in an American school for Maria, Jin, and Fatimah and their proceeding few months of… Read more »

Welcoming Library Webinar for Maine Libraries

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Librarian Kate Cutko and Kirsten Cappy of I’m Your Neighbor will be sharing the Welcoming Library in a Maine State Library webinar for Maine librarians. Welcoming Library Wednesday, October 24, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Open to: Maine Library Community Libraries and schools all over the state are having pop-up community conversations about immigration…. Read more »

The Day War Came: Discussion Guide

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I’m Your Neighbor Books was honored to be asked by Candlewick Press to produce a Discussion Guide for The Day War Came by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb (Candlewick Press). In 2016, the United Kingdom refused to welcome 3,000 children who had no families—children just like the girl you read about. The United… Read more »

I’m Your Neighbor Creates Video on Welcoming

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By Anne Sibley O’Brien While the book trailer remains a popular way to promote picture books, Kirsten Cappy and I wanted to create a video that might matter to the mission of my picture book, I’m New Here.  Could we model conversations with elementary school children on the universality of “feeling new” and on simple ways to… Read more »

I’m Your Neighbor, Portland: Narrative Report

I’m Your Neighbor, Portland was a 2013 Portland, Maine community-wide read and series of public events designed to promote a sense of community among the diverse people who make the port city their home. READ the I’m Your Neighbor, Portland Narrative Report Want to hold your own community-wide read of New Arrival Children’s Literature? Explore book options and… Read more »

Students Send Greetings to Cambodian American Neighbors

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This weekend, Cambodians Americans in Maine and Cambodians around the world, celebrate the New Year. In celebration of that holiday, third and forth graders from Canal School in Westbrook, Maine joined Peaks Island, Maine author/illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien to listen to a reading from O’Brien’s book about Cambodians Americans, A Path of Stars. Together they… Read more »