Event 1/18/24: Building Bridges Through Belonging: Conversation with author Marjy Marj

Building Bridges Through Belonging Marjy Marj (Marjorie Boafo Appiah), author, entrepreneur, and host of the global Humanity Chats podcast will be in conversation with Umaru Balde, the Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director for the City of Portland. Thursday, January 18th 6:00-7:30 PM Orange Bike Brewing Co. 31 Diamond St Suite D Portland, Maine Down… Read more »

Event: 11/12/23: A Menu of Stories: Grace Lin on the Power of Diverse Literature

A Menu of Stories Award-Winning Creator Grace Lin On the Power of Diverse Literature Sunday, November 12, 2023 3 Event Locations, 1 Great Neighborhood! 2:00 – 3:30 PM Grace Lin Presentation & Foodie Raffle Cove Street Arts SOLD OUT Award-winning author, illustrator, and diverse book advocate Grace Lin will present a menu of her stories. On… Read more »

Beautiful Blackbird Soars Again

  I’m Your Neighbor Books is proud to have once again served as a founding partner of the Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival. This year we were overjoyed to bring OD Bonny back to Maine to celebrate the Sudanese / Acholi America picture book A Feast for Joseph co-authored by I’m Your Neighbor Books co-founder… Read more »

A Refugee Story, 12-Feet High: Little Amal Walking Across America

  From the minute she stepped around the corner of an East Boston street, I started to cry. It is no secret that I believe that the direct narratives and captivating visuals in children’s books can change our perceptions of immigration and ourselves. I’m Your Neighbor Books was founded to bring Immigrant and New Generation… Read more »

“You Are Very Real to Us” or When a Refugee Author Meets Fellow Immigrants

“You are very real to us.” —ELL Student, Portland Adult Education On World Refugee Day, I’m Your Neighbor Books helped to bring award-winning author Omar Mohamed, co-creator of When Stars Are Scattered, remotely to a small class of Adult ELL at Portland Adult Education (PAE). Like many of the PAE students, Omar was a refugee… Read more »

Rickshaw Girl Film Screening in Portland, Maine on 10/9/22

Rickshaw Girl, a Bengali story by Mitali Perkins, illustrated by Jamie Hogan, and published by I’m Your Neighbor Books’ supporter Charlesbridge Publishing, has been a beloved text in multilingual classrooms across the nation for 15 years. I’m Your Neighbor Books is proud to partner with the Portland Museum of Art to bring the new film… Read more »

I’m Your Neighbor Books’ Birthday Party

We are 10 Years Old! I’m Your Neighbor Books would like to invite you to an open house to celebrate 10 years of using children’s literature to build a stronger culture of welcoming and belonging for immigrants and their new generations. Open House Sunday, June 12, 2022 2:00 – 5:00 PM I’m Your Neighbor Books… Read more »

I’m Your Neighbor Books Named SCORE’s Nonprofit of the Year

SCORE Maine named I’m Your Neighbor Books their Nonprofit of the Year. To keep everyone safe, our SCORE mentor Thomas Leonhardt presented the award to the board and staff at an October garden party. Watch for a full pantheon of our gratitude. See photos of the celebratory gathering.