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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 »

2023 Multilingual Book Award

And the winner is… 2023 Multilingual Book Award: Gibberish Congratulations to creator Young Vo and publisher Levine Querido for winning the Multilingual Book Award for Gibberish. Available in Spanish as Blablabla. This picture book was awarded for brilliantly depicting the ARGH! of being dropped into a new language environment and negotiating it with openness, art,… Read more »

2023 Social Action Book Award

And the winner is… 2023 Social Action Book Award: The Waiting Place Congratulations to author Dina Nayeri, photographer Anna Bosch Miralpeix, and publisher Candlewick Press for winning the Social Action Book Award for The Waiting Place. This award honors a children’s picture book or novel that inspires readers to not only read, feel, and empathize,… Read more »

2023 Community Book Award

And the winner is… 2023 Community Award Book Award: Invisible Congratulations to creators Christina Diaz Gonzalez and Gabriela Epstein and Scholastic, Inc. for winning the Community Book Award for Invisible. This award honors a children’s picture book or novel that celebrates both the unique qualities of a particular community, but also the beautiful diversity of… Read more »

2023 New Generation Book Award

And the winner is… 2023 Generation Book Award: Abuelita and Me / Abuelita y yo Congratulations to Leonarda Carranza, Rafael Mayani and Annick Press for winning the New Generation Book Award for Abuelita and Me / Abuelita y yo. Both editions of the picture book were honored for celebrating our #immigrant elders’ role in raising… Read more »

2023 New Arrival Book Award

Let the I’m Your Neighbor Book Award announcements commence! 2023 New Arrival Book Award: Our Stories Carried Us Here Today, we honor Green Card Voices for their creation and publication of Our Stories Carried Us Here: A Graphic Novel Anthology. This nonprofit publisher is removing the barriers to New Arrivals telling their own stories. We… 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 »

“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 »

I’m an American: New Title & Activity Creates Connections Through Culture

New Picture Book Schools, libraries, and communities have long needed an overview picture book on America’s many identities and how the mosaic of this country is deepened by immigration. Author Darshana Khiani and illustrator Laura Freeman have delivered one beyond our dreams. The textured profiles allow us to explore American cultural differences while showing how… Read more »