2023 New Arrival Book Award

Let the I’m Your Neighbor Book Award announcements commence! 2023 New Arrival Book Award: Our Stories Carried Us Here Today, we honor Green Card Voices for their creation and publication of Our Stories Carried Us Here: A Graphic Novel Anthology. This nonprofit publisher is removing the barriers to New Arrivals telling their own stories. We… Read more »

SEL Training for Maine Educators Serving as Model for Larger Training

Envisioned & Funded by the Maine DOE The Maine-based nonprofit I’m Your Neighbor Books (IYNB) in partnership with the Maine Department of Education is working alongside Maine Public School Teachers (teaching Grades 2-5) on the PINE Project. PINE: Picture Books Featuring Immigration Help All Students Navigate Social Emotional Learning The 16 selected educators will receive… Read more »

Wishing Upon The Same Stars: Book Giveaway

This has been a terrifying and heartbreaking few weeks. We are all struggling with grief, anger, and impossibilities. Each of us at I’m Your Neighbor Books have different ideas on the path forward for Israel and Palestine. But we agree on one thing. Stories. The idea for I’m Your Neighbor Books solidified when I read … Read more »

Event: 11/12/23: A Menu of Stories: Grace Lin on the Power of Diverse Literature

A Menu of Stories Award-Winning Creator Grace Lin On the Power of Diverse Literature Sunday, November 12, 2023 3 Event Locations, 1 Great Neighborhood! 2:00 – 3:30 PM Grace Lin Presentation & Foodie Raffle Cove Street Arts SOLD OUT Award-winning author, illustrator, and diverse book advocate Grace Lin will present a menu of her stories. On… Read more »

Beautiful Blackbird Soars Again

  I’m Your Neighbor Books is proud to have once again served as a founding partner of the Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival. This year we were overjoyed to bring OD Bonny back to Maine to celebrate the Sudanese / Acholi America picture book A Feast for Joseph co-authored by I’m Your Neighbor Books co-founder… Read more »

I’m Your Neighbor Books on Maine Public Radio

For Welcoming Week 2023, Maine Public Radio invited I’m Your Neighbor Books and partner nonprofits and projects — Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services, In Her Presence, Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival, Diverse BookFinder, and Mano En Mano — into a conversation on “Books for Children in Maine’s Immigrant Community.” Listen Panelists: Kirsten Cappy, Executive… Read more »

I’m Your Neighbor Books Featured in Amjambo Africa

I’m Your Neighbor Books was honored to be featured in Amjambo Africa’s September 2023 edition. The extended education section of the monthly publication, sponsored by the University of Southern Maine, features an interview with Executive Director Kirsten Cappy and profiles of the our core projects—the Welcoming Library, the New Arrival Book Project, Rapid Response Book… Read more »

A Refugee Story, 12-Feet High: Little Amal Walking Across America

  From the minute she stepped around the corner of an East Boston street, I started to cry. It is no secret that I believe that the direct narratives and captivating visuals in children’s books can change our perceptions of immigration and ourselves. I’m Your Neighbor Books was founded to bring Immigrant and New Generation… Read more »