Books Not Buoys

In violation of federal law, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has installed a set of interlocking buoys on the Rio Grande to block migrants from swimming across the border. This follows the installation of razor wire along the shore (some of it hidden underneath the water) in the governor’s “hold the line” operation. In this New… Read more »

“You Are Very Real to Us” or When a Refugee Author Meets Fellow Immigrants

“You are very real to us.” —ELL Student, Portland Adult Education On World Refugee Day, I’m Your Neighbor Books helped to bring award-winning author Omar Mohamed, co-creator of When Stars Are Scattered, remotely to a small class of Adult ELL at Portland Adult Education (PAE). Like many of the PAE students, Omar was a refugee… Read more »

I’m an American: New Title & Activity Creates Connections Through Culture

New Picture Book Schools, libraries, and communities have long needed an overview picture book on America’s many identities and how the mosaic of this country is deepened by immigration. Author Darshana Khiani and illustrator Laura Freeman have delivered one beyond our dreams. The textured profiles allow us to explore American cultural differences while showing how… Read more »

The Carpet: An Afghan Family Picture Book

  Today, debut Afghan author Dezh Azaad was supposed to be landing in New York from Germany to celebrate the launch of his picture book The Carpet: An Afghan Family Story (Abrams). The often harsh bureaucracy of migration kept that from happening. Dezh Azaad’s beautiful book shows the reader how the carpet is the center… Read more »

I’m Your Neighbor Books Loves Social Action

Happy Valentine’s Day from I’m Your Neighbor Books and Author Saadia Faruqi! Here at I’m Your Neighbor Books, we LOVE when book characters, and thus readers, are inspired to ACT in their communities for JUSTICE and CHANGE. That is why we awarded Saadia Faruqi and HarperCollins the 2022 Social Action Book Award for Yusuf Azeem… Read more »

Ukrainian Read Aloud: Story Boat

“Переказ і запис книги Story Boat були зроблені трьома українками, щоб дати надію там, де вона потрібна.” —Liza Pedash This Story Boat translation and recording was created by three Ukrainian girls to give hope where hope is needed.” —Liza Pedash Listen to the Book Read in Ukrainian It is best to listen with a copy… Read more »

The Waiting Place: Interview on the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), I’m Your Neighbor Books and DiversifiED Consulting held a conversation with award-winning author Dina Nayeri about the 2022 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award-honored The Waiting Place: When Home is Lost and a New One Not Yet Found (Candlewick Press). If the world could uphold… Read more »

Little House of Hope: Welcoming & Belonging Tools + Giveaway Winners

The Little House of Hope by Terry Catasús Jennings and illustrated by Raúl Colón (Holiday House) is a stunning semi-autobiographical Cuban American picture book about making a home in a new country—and then opening that home to others. Families came and families went. Esperanza was always the first to welcome them. La casita offered a… Read more »

Rickshaw Girl Film Screening in Portland, Maine on 10/9/22

Rickshaw Girl, a Bengali story by Mitali Perkins, illustrated by Jamie Hogan, and published by I’m Your Neighbor Books’ supporter Charlesbridge Publishing, has been a beloved text in multilingual classrooms across the nation for 15 years. I’m Your Neighbor Books is proud to partner with the Portland Museum of Art to bring the new film… Read more »

Luli and the Language of Tea + Little Red Cup Tea: Giveaway Winners

In Andrea Wang’s new picture book Luli and the Language of Tea, young Luli brings together a classroom of multilingual students by brewing and sharing a pot of tea. Inviting her classmates with a shout of “Tea!” in Chinese, the other students respond in Russian, Hindi, Turkish, Persian, Arabic, Spanish, German, Swahili, and Portuguese with… Read more »