Author Profile: Maria Padian


We couldn’t quite wait until February to share Maria Padian’s latest book Out of Nowhere, which follows high school senior Tom Bouchard and the events that impact the Somali refugees his small Maine town after 9/11. Although you can’t find it on bookshelves just yet, hopefully this view into Maria’s inspiration for her title will… Read more »

Author Profile: Randa Abdel-Fattah


One of our favorite authors here at I’m Your Neighbor is Randa Abdel-Fattah. Her books Does My Head Look Big In This? and Ten Things I Hate About Me give terrific insight to the lives of teenage girls growing up Muslim in a Western society. Her characters face challenges as they try to balance their… Read more »

“I’m Your Neighbor” Supported by Wheaton College Intern Program


Delanie “Lanie” Honda, an English Major at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, will join the I’m Your Neighbor project as a summer intern.  Selected by Wheaton as a Merit Scholar, Lanie’s contribution to this project is fully supported by the college. Lanie, who hopes to pursue a career in publishing, has already served the written… Read more »

Meeting “New Neighbors” at IRA


Author and N.H. Humanities Council Connections Program Director, Terry Farish, children’s book author/illustrator and educator, Anne Sibley O’Brien, and children’s book engagement consultant, Kirsten Cappy of Curious City gave a symposium at the International Reading Association Annual Convention on New Neighbors: Using Children’s Books to Build Bridges Between New Arrivals and Long-term Communities highlighting the… Read more »

Portland, Maine’s Sudanese Community Featured in New Novel for Teens


“This is a story of courage – not just Viola’s, but of all immigrants.”  —Finding Wonderland Author Terry Farish has just released The Good Braider, a young adult novel woven from her relationships with the Sudanese community in Portland, Maine, but also from her work with refugees and immigrants from Vietnam, Cambodia, and other countries… Read more »

Students Send Greetings to Cambodian American Neighbors


This weekend, Cambodians Americans in Maine and Cambodians around the world, celebrate the New Year. In celebration of that holiday, third and forth graders from Canal School in Westbrook, Maine joined Peaks Island, Maine author/illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien to listen to a reading from O’Brien’s book about Cambodians Americans, A Path of Stars. Together they… Read more »

Creating a New Neighbor Book – An Author/Illustrator’s Journey


“Veasna remembered her own escape from the war, lost in a bamboo forest, fearing wolves and other wild animals, saying to herself, ‘I’m going to die here.’” Children’s author/illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien was featured on the International Reading Association’s ENGAGE Teacher to Teacher blog telling how her community relationships fed the creation of the children’s… Read more »