Events

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.

Parade with Us & Show Support for Refugee Children

I’m Your Neighbor Books will join Mayo Street Arts, The Remote Theater Project, Portland Ovations, and The Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center in a parade to honor of The Walk. At the heart of The Walk is Little Amal a 10-foot tall puppet of a young refugee girl, created by the acclaimed Handspring Puppet Company…. Read more »

Muslim Literature in the Classroom: Conversation with Hena Khan

Hena Khan joined I’m Your Neighbor Books and Diversifi-ED for a conversation about her novel Amina’s Song and a broader conversation about Muslim children’s picture books and novels in the classroom. Thank you to Hena Khan, school Emergent Lingual & Cultural Competency Consultant Louise El Yaafouri of Diversifi-ED, and I’m Your Neighbor Books co-president and… Read more »

Amina’s Song: Hena Khan Webinar

Amina’s Song: Raising Your Voice for New American Literature & Students: Webinar for Educators and Librarians Educators and librarians celebrated the release of of the Pakistani American middle grade novel Amina’s Song (the follow-up to the award-winning Amina’s Voice ) with author Hena Khan in March 2021. Co-hosts I’m Your Neighbor Books, DiversifiED, and Print:… Read more »

Black Books Matter Today and All Days

I’m Your Neighbor Books is a infinitely proud to again partner with Indigo Arts Alliance and Diverse BookFinder for their annual production of The Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival. The team is hard at work at planning the August 2021 festival and I’m Your Neighbor Books will continue to bring the Black immigrant voice to… Read more »

Children’s Literature Community Raises $10,000 for Welcoming

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The children’s literature community — authors, illustrators, publishers, librarians, educators, reviewers, and readers — stunned I’m Your Neighbor Books with their overwhelming support this fall. With their support of the fundraisers Turning the Page: Children’s Literature Trivia Night and the KidLit Raffle to Support Immigrant Welcoming, we were gifted with over $10,000 in in-kind and… Read more »

KidLit Raffle to Support Immigrant Welcoming: The Winners

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KidLit Raffle to Support Immigrant Welcoming Over 750 tickets were sold for the chance to win 1 of 55 prizes! Did  you get lucky?! Author/illustrator Melissa Sweet & Kirsten Cappy of I’m Your Neighbor Books are extremely grateful to the donors, raffle ticket buyers, and the astonishing children’s literature creators that contributed to this raffle…. Read more »

Black Books Matter

As the country rings with the truth, “Black Lives Matter,” we all must work within our own spheres and communities to manifest that truth. “I was born in Nigeria, a country whose identity is deeply tied to its colonization and oppression by the British. After 20 years of living in America, I know that this… Read more »