Events

We Are Stories: An Introduction to I’m Your Neighbor Books

Join us to learn how stories have the power to transform the conversation on immigration. In a short presentation by Executive Director Kirsten Cappy, we will explore Yuyi Morales’s award-winning book Dreamers and how I’m Your Neighbor Books builds belonging nationwide. Wednesday, June 26th 5:30-7:00 PM Shepard FINANCIAL 701 US Rte 1, Suite 4, Yarmouth… Read more »

Omar Mohamed, Award-Winning Author & Refugee Advocate, Tours Maine Community

Omar Mohamed, the Somali American co-creator of the award-winning graphic novel When Stars Are Scattered and the founder of the nonprofit Refugee Strong will visit Maine to speak to 2,000 middle school students and community members in April 2024. His award-winning book features his childhood and pursuit of education in the Dadaab Refugee Camp in… Read more »

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 »