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 Readers Choice Book Award

And the winner is… 2023 Readers Choice Award Book Award: Bright Star / Lucero Congratulations to Yuyi Morales and Holiday House Books for Young Readers for winning the Readers Choice Book Award for Bright Star / Lucero. The picture book was selected for taking readers to the borderlands and for helping them “imagine the most… Read more »

New Welcoming Library: Cart Collection Launched with 26 Grant-funded Carts for Maine

10 “Welcoming Library: Cart Collections” with 900 Books Gifted to Bangor Schools Bangor, Maine—In front of hundreds of fourth and fifth-grade students at Fairmont School, I’m Your Neighbor Books, Bangor school officials, and the Maine Department of Education, announced the delivery of 900 books featuring Immigrant and New Generation families to Bangor schools. Thanks to… Read more »

SEL Training for Maine Educators Serving as Model for Larger Training

Envisioned & Funded by the Maine DOE The Maine-based nonprofit I’m Your Neighbor Books (IYNB) in partnership with the Maine Department of Education is working alongside Maine Public School Teachers (teaching Grades 2-5) on the PINE Project. PINE: Picture Books Featuring Immigration Help All Students Navigate Social Emotional Learning The 16 selected educators will receive… Read more »

Books Not Buoys

In violation of federal law, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has installed a set of interlocking buoys on the Rio Grande to block migrants from swimming across the border. This follows the installation of razor wire along the shore (some of it hidden underneath the water) in the governor’s “hold the line” operation. In this New… Read more »

Luli and the Language of Tea + Little Red Cup Tea: Giveaway Winners

In Andrea Wang’s new picture book Luli and the Language of Tea, young Luli brings together a classroom of multilingual students by brewing and sharing a pot of tea. Inviting her classmates with a shout of “Tea!” in Chinese, the other students respond in Russian, Hindi, Turkish, Persian, Arabic, Spanish, German, Swahili, and Portuguese with… Read more »

I’m Your Neighbor Books: Job Opening (Applications Closed)

Welcoming Library Project Manager We are no longer accepting applications for this opening. Thank you for your interest! Primary Responsibility: To manage the day-to-day promotion and management of I’m Your Neighbor Books’ Welcoming Library project—collections of children’s books and discussion materials that seek to transform the conversation on immigration. Supervisor: Executive Director Kirsten Cappy Work… Read more »

Event: Building Our Welcoming Skills—with Literature

Building Our Welcoming Skills—with Literature Saturday, April 9, 2022 2:00-3:00 PM Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room Brattleboro, VT As Brattleboro welcomes refugees and as the region diversifies through immigration, we need to build our welcoming skills. A unique project, founded by Brattleboro native Kirsten Cappy, Maine librarian Kate Cutko, and a group of immigrant leaders,… Read more »

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 »