Collective American Voice: Citizenship Ceremony, Maine


Following is the keynote address by author Maria Testa for the Citizenship Ceremony held at Portland Public Library, Portland, ME on March 10, 2016 It is an extraordinary honor to welcome new Americans to our country. What we are witnessing today is, in fact, a tremendous gift to our country. You have honored all of… Read more »

New Muslim Children’s Book Imprint


I’m You Neighbor it delighted by the announcement of the new Muslim imprint at Simon & Schuster! Salaam Reads is an imprint that aims to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families, and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works…. Read more »

Empathy for the Struggles of Childhood Immigration


Author and illustrator Eugene Yelchin writing for The New York Times Book Review profiled the I’m Your Neighbor featured picture books My Two Blankets, Mama’s Nightingale, I’m New Here, and Seeds of Friendship. Read the article. “These books will inspire not just empathy for the struggles of childhood immigration, but admiration for their authors’ and illustrators’… Read more »

Cultural Research: Either the Beginning or the End of the World


Author’s Note on Research By Terry Farish Either the Beginning or the End of the World delves into a horrific family memory carried over generations. The memory is of family members who starved to death during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge genocide. I’ve been on a long journey into Cambodian history and culture to begin to understand… Read more »

Cultural Research: I’m New Here


“I’m New Here grew in my mind over many years of considering recently-arrived, culturally diverse students, as I interacted with them while creating books, speaking in schools, and evaluating available resources. Though there are many wonderful books featuring individual child immigrants, it seemed to me that in the big picture something was missing. Somehow the emphasis… Read more »

Fuse # Reports on Rise of Latino KidLit


“So we need diverse books, which at this point in the proceedings shouldn’t really be news to much of anyone.  You know it.  I know it.  But ascertaining progress can be tricky in these matters.  Anyone who works in publishing knows that it takes years and years for books to reach publication.  Read through any… Read more »

One Answer is Through Literature


Monica Edinger, a fourth-grade teacher in New York City, the author of Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad, and blogger at Educating Alice, reviewed three I’m Your Neighbor-themed books for the New York Times Book Review.  In her opening and closing she spoke beautifully of the mission of these titles. “That the… Read more »

Harry Potter Welcomes Unaccompanied Minors


Reading Harry Potter increases tolerance? A new study conducted in Italy and England and published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology showed that young people that read J.K. Rowling’s series and discussed sections of the book that deal with prejudice showed improved attitudes towards immigrants, GBLTQ citizens, and other minority groups. More here. Imagine that…. Read more »