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 Queen, Unidentified 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.
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Schools Receiving Book Boxes:
|Amanda C. Rowe Elementary School||Portland||Maine|
|Avenues The World School||Immokalee||Florida|
|Brentwood Public Library||Brentwood||New York|
|Brunswick School Department, Maine – Kate Furbish Elementary School||Brunswick||Maine|
|Bryant Woods Elementary||Portsmouth||New Hampshire|
|Educator Working Remotely||Fergus Falls||Minnesota|
|Friends of Astor County Library||Astor||Florida|
|Gardner International Magnet School||Lansing||Michigan|
|Handley Regional Library System||Winchester||Virginia|
|Hawthorne School/Elmhurst SD 205||Elmhurst||Illinois|
|Kenton County Public Library||Covington||Kentucky|
|Lake Trafford Elementary School||Columbia||Maryland|
|McMahon Elementary School||Lewiston||Maine|
|MSAD 17- Paris Elementary School||South Paris||Maine|
|Mt. Tabor Elementary School||Mt. Tabor||New Jersey|
|New Franklin School|
|North Yarmouth Academy||Yarmouth||Maine|
|Osseo Area Schools/Garden City Elementary||JORDAN||Minnesota|
|Osseo School District||South Paris||Maine|
|Otisfield Elementary School||Otisfield||Maine|
|Oxford Elementary School||OXFORD||Maine|
|Park Brook Elementary||Brooklyn Park||Minnesota|
|Park Brook Elementary||Mpls||Minnesota|
|Plattsmouth Elementary School||Plattsmouth||Nebraska|
|Poly Prep Country Day School||Brooklyn||New York|
|Prince William County School||Manassas||Virginia|
|PS 8 Robert Fulton||Brooklyn||New York|
|Samuels Public Library||Front Royal||Virginia|
|Simon Baruch Middle School ms104||New York||New York|
|St. Joseph Public Library||St. Joseph||Missouri|
|Stoughton School District||EDGERTON||Wisconsin|
|Unifor Local 1285 Women’s Committee||Alliston||Ohio|
|Weaver Lake Elementary||Maple Grove||Minnesota|
|Yarmouth Elementary School||Yarmouth||Maine|
Schools Receiving Book Boxes Thanks to Targeted Donations:
Our special thanks to the donation by Wee the People!
|Blue Hill Consolidated School||Blue Hill||Maine|
|Boston Public Schools||Randolph||Massachusetts|
|Clidale Elementary||Spartanburg||South Carolina|
|Connors Elementary School||Lewiston||Maine|
|Greely Middle School||Cumberland||Maine|
|Lansing School District||Lansing||Michigan|
|Portland Public Schools||Portland||Maine|
|Promise Early Education Center||Lewiston||Maine|
|Songo Locks School||Naples||Maine|
Want to support this effort? Explore more here.
Header Image © Julie Kim from WHERE’S HALMONI?
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.