Immigration Literature & the Beautiful Blackbird Festival

While the I’m Your Neighbor Books’ immigration engagement tools —like the Welcoming Library —are used across the nation, our organization also works in the New Arrival/New American-rich city of Portland, Maine where we are based. We are proud to be a partner of Indigo Arts Alliance in the creation of the Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book… Read more »

In Solidarity

I’m Your Neighbor Books stands in solidarity with those protesting police brutality and systemic racism. We are an organization striving to create a more welcoming nation for immigrants through the sharing of anti-bias multicultural literature and community engagement. We have witnessed (some of us first hand) how immigrants find something in this country that they… Read more »

Reading Immigration-Themed Books Builds Empathy for Refugees

“Over half of refugees are school‐aged children. In host communities, children’s attitudes and behaviours are important for the integration of refugee children. This study examines the empathy–attitudes–action model in middle childhood (N = 94, 8 to 11 years old). In both the experimental and control conditions, children were introduced to a (fictional) refugee and told… Read more »

Video: How Immigrants Shape(d) the United States

I’m Your Neighbor Books was honored to have been at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference to hear Nalini Krishnankutty speak. Here is her Tedx talk on, “How Immigrants Shape(d) the United States.”

Maine Citizen Gives In Honor of 2nd Grade Teacher

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  I’m Your Neighbor Books launched their Welcoming Book Boxes fundraiser at Portland, Maine’s ArtWalk. The first person to give was an excellent Maine citizen who said, “anything with kids and books is good.” He asked that his donation honor, “my 2nd grade teacher Debbie Rosenberg who taught me to read.” Portland educator, Debbie Rosenberg,… Read more »

Welcoming Book Boxes for Maine’s Asylee Children

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Families took a long and dangerous journey from the DRC, Angola, and other countries, across the ocean, through the mountains and jungles of Central America and Mexico, and to the southern U.S. border. Hearing that Portland, Maine was welcoming to asylum seekers and that the city had a small African immigrant community, over 300 Africans… Read more »

Appearance: Shenandoah Children’s Literature Conference: June 2019

Look for our mighty Virginia Ambassador Jeanne Trabulsi and her newly minted Welcoming Library at the Shenandoah Children’s Literature Conference from June 24-28th. Jeanne will be speaking about I’m Your Neighbor Books, the Welcoming Library, and her astounding project Refugee Dolls.

Interview with Lifelines

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I’m Your Neighbor Books and the Welcoming Library were honored to be featured on Ann Braden and Saadia Faruqi’s podcast Lifelines: Books That Bridge the Divide. EXPLORE AND LISTEN Curious about the engagement tools we mentioned? Educators Guide for NOWHERE BOY Readers Theater for I’M NEW HERE and SOMEONE NEW

Readers Theater for Welcoming & Belonging

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I’m New Here and Someone New are companion picture books by Anne Sibley O’Brien (Charlesbridge) about three immigrant children and their new classmates. The books tell two sides of the same story. I’m New Here focuses on the first day in an American school for Maria, Jin, and Fatimah and their proceeding few months of… Read more »