In 2012, I’m Your Neighbor Books began as a a book blog to share books set in our New Arrival and New American communities.
In 2017, we added the Welcoming Library, a touring collection of acclaimed picture books and discussion materials to start conversations on immigration, welcoming, and belonging.
In 2019, we became a national nonprofit with 501c3 status and expanded our outreach projects.
In 2020, I’m Your Neighbor Books was still using that same old 2012 book blog to run all aspects of our project…
…until, National Book Award-winning author Phillip Hoose offered us an astounding gift. That financial gift has allowed us to build this beautiful website with our dream collaborator Websy Daisy. Phil, we are astronomically grateful and empowered to do our immigrant welcoming work in 2021 and beyond.
…But, that is not all…no website that includes over 500 book titles can easily be remade. We must also thank artist Sandi Ste George for the donation that allowed us to bring back Delanie Honda. Lanie, the originator of the book blog as an undergraduate in 2012, is now a Harvard School of Education graduate. Together with Web Manager Antonio Macomber, Lanie was able to transform eight years of book data into a new and powerful tool to Browse by Community and Theme.
It takes a village and we are so very lucky to have partners Phil Hoose and Sandi Ste George in ours.