Recommended Reading List from School Library Journal

School Library Journal recently published a selection of books featuring experiences of war, both from the perspective of home and abroad. The selection is categorized by age and has both fiction and non fiction titles. This list includes books already featured on I’m Your Neighbor, such as Mali Under the Night Sky, Escaping the Tiger,… Read more »

I’m Your Neighbor at 2013 ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair


Last weekend I’m Your Neighbor took to the skies and traveled to Chicago for the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Conference. I’m Your Neighbor was selected to be a presenter at the Diversity and Outreach Fair on Saturday afternoon, along side programs such as the Coretta Scott King Book Award Committee, REFORMA and the Chinese… Read more »

“I’m Your Neighbor” and Inclusion


By Anne Sibley O’Brien, Children’s Book Author & Illustrator, Author Adviser, I’m Your Neighbor, Blogger at COLORING BETWEEN THE LINES: REFLECTIONS ON RACE, CULTURE AND CHILDREN’S BOOKS One issue that is likely to surface in a discussion of building bridges between “new arrival” and “long-term communities” is: Who is identified as part of each community?… Read more »

Teaching Islam and the Middle East in the Classroom

While I’m Your Neighbor Books provides a recommended list of books to read about other cultures, we don’t always have then answers to how to use these titles. Some titles have educator’s guides and resources available with discussion topics, but others do not. The mission of this project is to encourage readers to explore cultures… Read more »

Maine’s New Arrivals Featured in 7 Books


Maine authors, illustrators, and publishers have opened their notebooks, sketchbooks, and curiosity to the arrival of “new neighbors.”  Seven books have been released in the past few years depicting the growing cultural diversity of “the whitest state in the nation” through the arrival of students, business people, refugees, and secondary migrants from all over the… Read more »

Author Profile: Maria Padian


We couldn’t quite wait until February to share Maria Padian’s latest book Out of Nowhere, which follows high school senior Tom Bouchard and the events that impact the Somali refugees his small Maine town after 9/11. Although you can’t find it on bookshelves just yet, hopefully this view into Maria’s inspiration for her title will… Read more »

Author Profile: Randa Abdel-Fattah


One of our favorite authors here at I’m Your Neighbor is Randa Abdel-Fattah. Her books Does My Head Look Big In This? and Ten Things I Hate About Me give terrific insight to the lives of teenage girls growing up Muslim in a Western society. Her characters face challenges as they try to balance their… Read more »

“I’m Your Neighbor” Supported by Wheaton College Intern Program


Delanie “Lanie” Honda, an English Major at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, will join the I’m Your Neighbor project as a summer intern.  Selected by Wheaton as a Merit Scholar, Lanie’s contribution to this project is fully supported by the college. Lanie, who hopes to pursue a career in publishing, has already served the written… Read more »

Meeting “New Neighbors” at IRA


Author and N.H. Humanities Council Connections Program Director, Terry Farish, children’s book author/illustrator and educator, Anne Sibley O’Brien, and children’s book engagement consultant, Kirsten Cappy of Curious City gave a symposium at the International Reading Association Annual Convention on New Neighbors: Using Children’s Books to Build Bridges Between New Arrivals and Long-term Communities highlighting the… Read more »

Portland, Maine’s Sudanese Community Featured in New Novel for Teens


“This is a story of courage – not just Viola’s, but of all immigrants.”  —Finding Wonderland Author Terry Farish has just released The Good Braider, a young adult novel woven from her relationships with the Sudanese community in Portland, Maine, but also from her work with refugees and immigrants from Vietnam, Cambodia, and other countries… Read more »