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 into the hands of American educators, librarians, parents, readers, and citizens.

Reading books set in our New Arrival and New American communities reduces prejudice by allowing us to meet neighbors on the page. Hate does not thrive when a reader’s empathy is engaged.

I’m Your Neighbor Books gifted Asian American children’s book collections to elementary schools across the country to combat hate.

Each of the collections included books that celebrate the diversity, complexity, and joy of the Asian American girl experience: Where’s Halmoni?, A Big Mooncake for Little Star, My Footprints, Watercress, Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi QueenUnidentified Suburban Object, Front Desk, and We Belong.  Teaching materials that explore the full Asian American community and give educators the tools to talk about Anti-AAPI Racism accompanied the collection. Explore the collection further here.

Want to support this ongoing effort? Explore more here.

Schools Receiving Book Boxes:

Boston Public Schools Randolph Massachusetts
Connors Elementary School Lewiston Maine
Friends of Astor County Library Astor Florida
Hawthorne School/Elmhurst SD 205 Elmhurst Illinois
Lansing School District Lansing Michigan
Mt. Tabor Elementary School Mt. Tabor New Jersey
Plattsmouth Elementary School Plattsmouth Nebraska
Poly Prep Country Day School Brooklyn New York
Portland Public Schools Portland Maine
PS/IS 187 New York New York
PS32 Brooklyn New York
Samuels Public Library Front Royal Virginia
St. Joseph Public Library St. Joseph Missouri
Stoughton School District EDGERTON Wisconsin
Weaver Lake Elementary/Osseo Area Schools Maple Grove Minnesota

Schools supported by targeted donations:

Greely Middle School Cumberland Maine
Blue Hill Consolidated School Blue Hill Maine
Songo Locks School Naples Maine
Clidale Elementary Spartanburg South Carolina

As we secure additional funding, we will support additional schools!

Want to support this effort? Explore more here.

Header Image © Julie Kim from WHERE’S HALMONI?

One Response to “Asian American Book Collections Given to National Elementary Schools”

  1. Jonathan Dolce

    Collections like these are essential for diversifying collections, but also for enriching inclusive storytimes and booktalks. Works like these should be at the forefront of any public or school librarian’s mind as we work to dispel ignorance, fear, discrimination and hate in our communities through education and exposure to quality materials.