Use in Schools

Unpacking Children’s Books for Stronger Community

I’m Your Neighbor Books Executive Director Kirsten Cappy is honored to by keynoting the 2021 NHSLMA Library Camp on their themes of WELCOME | INCLUDE | REPRESENT. Participants, watch this post for resources. The Suitcase: Unpacking Children’s Books for Stronger Community Our collections and future acquisitions hold the tools for a more equitable school and… Read more »

Counter Anti AAPI Hate: Resources for Educators & Communities

Hate and discrimination thrive on false narratives, on “othering” our neighbors. I’m Your Neighbor Books strives to put new narratives into the hands of American educators, librarians, parents, readers, and citizens. In the last year Asian Americans reported 3,795+ incidents of hate to the organization Stop AAPI Hate —incidents were 2.3 times greater for women…. Read more »

Stories of New Americans for Young Listeners: Audiobook Narrator Readings & Discussion

AudioFile Magazine and I’m Your Neighbor Books hosted live readings and discussion of New Arrival and New American novels with audiobook narrators. Hear Anthony Rey Perez read from and discuss Adrianna Cuevas’ The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez. Explore the audio at Dreamscape. Hear Priya Ayyar read from and discuss Supriya Kelkar’s American as Paneer… Read more »

Asian American Book Collections Given to National Elementary Schools

In the last year Asian Americans reported 3,795+ incidents of hate to the organization Stop AAPI Hate —incidents were 2.3 times greater for women. At least 6 Asian American women lost their lives to this unchecked hatred. Hate and discrimination thrive on false narratives, on “othering” our neighbors. I’m Your Neighbor Books puts new narratives… Read more »

What Do Immigrant Kids Think of the Program?

“What do immigrant kids think of the program?” —Curry College Student This was the final question that was asked of Welcoming Library co-founder Kate Cutko and Executive Director Kirsten Cappy. They were speaking to Kathy McDonough‘s Children’s Literature: Gateway to the World class about the founding of I’m Your Neighbor Books and the Welcoming Library…. Read more »

Muslim Student Reads Aloud and Fellow Students Cheer

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The Welcoming Library was hosted by Maine’s LearningWorks for five weeks in the summer of 2018 to serve their summer school programming. When the I’m Your Neighbor team went to pick up the collection on the final day of summer school, an educator recounted this story. She was reading the picture book My Friend Jamal… Read more »