Our Home at the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center

I’m Your Neighbor Books is a proud member of the The Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center. The GPIWC serves as a hub of collaboration to strengthen the Maine immigrant community through language acquisition, economic integration and civic engagement through four pillar programs: 1) A co-working hub for immigrant run organizations and aligned community groups (like… Read more »

KidLit Raffle to Support Immigrant Welcoming: The Winners

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KidLit Raffle to Support Immigrant Welcoming Over 750 tickets were sold for the chance to win 1 of 55 prizes! Did  you get lucky?! Author/illustrator Melissa Sweet & Kirsten Cappy of I’m Your Neighbor Books are extremely grateful to the donors, raffle ticket buyers, and the astonishing children’s literature creators that contributed to this raffle…. Read more »

Little Free Libraries in Kentucky Offering Welcoming

Kenton County in Kentucky is bringing conversations on welcoming and belonging to its neighborhoods. Erlanger, Kentucky Mayor Jessica Fette and Kenton County Public Library Executive Director Dave Schroeder cut the ribbon on six neighborhood Little Free Libraries. The initial book collection for the libraries was funded by a $1000 grant from Save the Children, an… Read more »

New Guide: Engaging Children in a Conversation on Immigration, Welcoming, and Belonging.

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I’m Your Neighbor Books offers this updated guide to having conversations on immigration, welcoming, and belonging. I’m New Here tells the story of how three resilient immigrant students (from Guatemala, Somalia, and Korea) strive to belong. Someone New tells the story of how three longterm students (two White, one African American) strive to make the… Read more »

Black Books Matter

As the country rings with the truth, “Black Lives Matter,” we all must work within our own spheres and communities to manifest that truth. “I was born in Nigeria, a country whose identity is deeply tied to its colonization and oppression by the British. After 20 years of living in America, I know that this… Read more »

Unum Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

I’m Your Neighbor Books was honored to receive a donation from Unum, a leading provider of employee benefits products and services, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. “Helping build stronger communities is one of our core values and is reflected in our long-standing tradition of giving back,” said Unum Employee Benefits Consultant Truc… Read more »

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.”