Welcoming Afghans as Americans—With Books

Two Sandals No reader that has met Lina and Feroza on the pages of the picture book Four Feet, Two Sandals doubts that Afghan refugees should be resettled in America. Since 2007, students have been reading about how each girl finds a single sandal in a clothing distribution drop. Flip-flopping around the camp in just… Read more »

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 »

Parade with Us & Show Support for Refugee Children

I’m Your Neighbor Books will join Mayo Street Arts, The Remote Theater Project, Portland Ovations, and The Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center in a parade to honor of The Walk. At the heart of The Walk is Little Amal a 10-foot tall puppet of a young refugee girl, created by the acclaimed Handspring Puppet Company…. Read more »

The Power of Reading to Transport

“Here is our journey that holds…the openness of a story.” —Story Boat Bob Shumway embodied “the power of stories and reading to transport,” his daughter Larissa said. His daughter Aldona remembers him on the beach in Maine engrossed in a book or making up fantastical stories for them. As children, Larissa, Aldona, and Larry Shumway… 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 »