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Welcoming Afghans as Americans—With Books

Two Sandals No reader that has met Lina and Feroza on the pages of the picture book Four Feet, Two Sandals doubts that Afghan refugees should be resettled in America. Since 2007, students have been reading about how each girl finds a single sandal in a clothing distribution drop. Flip-flopping around the camp in just… Read more »

Winners of the Syrian Refugee Novel NOWHERE BOY

New in Paperback I’m Your Neighbor Books is delighted to announce that Katherine Marsh’s acclaimed Syrian refugee novel Nowhere Boy (MacKids) is now available in paperback. Many educators and community groups have been eager to use the book in community-wide, school-wide, and full classroom reads to create conversations on immigration and allyship. The release of… Read more »

Our Home at the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center

I’m Your Neighbor Books is a proud member of the The Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center. The GPIWC serves as a hub of collaboration to strengthen the Maine immigrant community through language acquisition, economic integration and civic engagement through four pillar programs: 1) A co-working hub for immigrant run organizations and aligned community groups (like… 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 »

Little Free Libraries in Kentucky Offering Welcoming

Kenton County in Kentucky is bringing conversations on welcoming and belonging to its neighborhoods. Erlanger, Kentucky Mayor Jessica Fette and Kenton County Public Library Executive Director Dave Schroeder cut the ribbon on six neighborhood Little Free Libraries. The initial book collection for the libraries was funded by a $1000 grant from Save the Children, an… Read more »

Unum Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

I’m Your Neighbor Books was honored to receive a donation from Unum, a leading provider of employee benefits products and services, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. “Helping build stronger communities is one of our core values and is reflected in our long-standing tradition of giving back,” said Unum Employee Benefits Consultant Truc… Read more »

In Solidarity

I’m Your Neighbor Books stands in solidarity with those protesting police brutality and systemic racism. We are an organization striving to create a more welcoming nation for immigrants through the sharing of anti-bias multicultural literature and community engagement. We have witnessed (some of us first hand) how immigrants find something in this country that they… Read more »

Welcoming Library Exhibit at ALA Annual Conference

Thank you to everyone that joined the conversation about the Welcoming Library at the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference! Your insight, your enthusiasm, and your professional and personal commitment to welcoming immigrants gives us the inspiration to move forward!

Empathy for Refugees Through Story…and Hypnosis

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  Studies have shown that reading fiction creates empathy.  That is the whole basis of I’m Your Neighbor – creating empathy for the immigration experience through stories. Amnesty International took one refugee’s story and shared it directly with the subconscious of handful of long-term citizens. The results are shocking and breathtaking. Brace yourself.