Omar Mohamed, Award-Winning Author & Refugee Advocate, Tours Maine Community

Omar Mohamed, the Somali American co-creator of the award-winning graphic novel When Stars Are Scattered and the founder of the nonprofit Refugee Strong will visit Maine to speak to 2,000 middle school students and community members in April 2024. His award-winning book features his childhood and pursuit of education in the Dadaab Refugee Camp in… Read more »

Event 1/18/24: Building Bridges Through Belonging: Conversation with author Marjy Marj

Building Bridges Through Belonging Marjy Marj (Marjorie Boafo Appiah), author, entrepreneur, and host of the global Humanity Chats podcast will be in conversation with Umaru Balde, the Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director for the City of Portland. Thursday, January 18th 6:00-7:30 PM Orange Bike Brewing Co. 31 Diamond St Suite D Portland, Maine Down… Read more »

2023 Multilingual Book Award

And the winner is… 2023 Multilingual Book Award: Gibberish Congratulations to creator Young Vo and publisher Levine Querido for winning the Multilingual Book Award for Gibberish. Available in Spanish as Blablabla. This picture book was awarded for brilliantly depicting the ARGH! of being dropped into a new language environment and negotiating it with openness, art,… Read more »

2023 Social Action Book Award

And the winner is… 2023 Social Action Book Award: The Waiting Place Congratulations to author Dina Nayeri, photographer Anna Bosch Miralpeix, and publisher Candlewick Press for winning the Social Action Book Award for The Waiting Place. This award honors a children’s picture book or novel that inspires readers to not only read, feel, and empathize,… Read more »

2023 Community Book Award

And the winner is… 2023 Community Award Book Award: Invisible Congratulations to creators Christina Diaz Gonzalez and Gabriela Epstein and Scholastic, Inc. for winning the Community Book Award for Invisible. This award honors a children’s picture book or novel that celebrates both the unique qualities of a particular community, but also the beautiful diversity of… Read more »

2023 Readers Choice Book Award

And the winner is… 2023 Readers Choice Award Book Award: Bright Star / Lucero Congratulations to Yuyi Morales and Holiday House Books for Young Readers for winning the Readers Choice Book Award for Bright Star / Lucero. The picture book was selected for taking readers to the borderlands and for helping them “imagine the most… Read more »

Book Joy 2023

  Books to Build Belonging in 2023 Thanks to our supporters, we placed books in Maine and across the nation that build a culture of welcoming and belonging. Books Circulating in Welcoming Libraries Nationwide 5,529 (2023) 13,104 (YTD) Books Gifted to Immigrant Families and Organizations 809 Books Gifted to Educators and Librarians 889 Immigrant-Themed Books… Read more »

New Welcoming Library: Cart Collection Launched with 26 Grant-funded Carts for Maine

10 “Welcoming Library: Cart Collections” with 900 Books Gifted to Bangor Schools Bangor, Maine—In front of hundreds of fourth and fifth-grade students at Fairmont School, I’m Your Neighbor Books, Bangor school officials, and the Maine Department of Education, announced the delivery of 900 books featuring Immigrant and New Generation families to Bangor schools. Thanks to… Read more »

2023 New Generation Book Award

And the winner is… 2023 Generation Book Award: Abuelita and Me / Abuelita y yo Congratulations to Leonarda Carranza, Rafael Mayani and Annick Press for winning the New Generation Book Award for Abuelita and Me / Abuelita y yo. Both editions of the picture book were honored for celebrating our #immigrant elders’ role in raising… Read more »