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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 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 »

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 »

“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 »