Welcoming Library Changing How We Teach Immigration

Many schools that have hosted the Welcoming Library have reworked the way they study immigration. Ellis Island is now joined by modern immigration from the Sudan, Syria, and Central America thanks to exposure to these picture books and companion materials. “4th grade teachers had the opportunity to look at all the books and choose which… Read more »

School Builds on Rolling Cart for Classroom Visits


Greeley Middle School in Cumberland, Maine built the book display on a cart (brilliant!) to allow the principal to roll the Welcoming Library into a new classroom each morning. “14 classrooms each had the library for a day and teachers gave students dedicated time to browse and read.” —A Welcoming Library School Ambassador

Loved Dreamers So Much, They Spent All Day With It


“One second grade class was so in love with Dreamers that they spent the whole day with it, the teacher found other books to study by Yuyi Morales, and convinced all the other teachers in her grade that I should come and read this book to their class. We had excellent discussions every time!”—Welcoming Library… Read more »

Picture Book & Novel Pairing


“A fourth grade GT class had been reading Long Walk to Water, and the teacher asked me to share something about Sudan. I read My Name is Sangoel. Students had plenty of thoughtful things to say and were quite concerned about the global refugee crisis. I was able to talk to them about local efforts… Read more »

Amazed and Inspired

“I just read Dreamers (Holiday House) to a second grade class. The teacher and students were amazed and inspired by this book. Teacher said it was the best read aloud they had read in a long time. I’ve been reading other stories in different classes, all with very positive feedback. “ —Welcoming Library School Ambassador… Read more »

Welcoming Library is a Lifeline

The Lifelines: Books That Bridge the Divide Podcast featured the Welcoming Library and highlighted immigration children’s literature in Episode 7. Look for the episode on author Ann Braden’s site, Stitcher, or iTunes. Podcasters and authors Saadia Faruqi and Ann Braden believe: That there is diversity all around us, and we all benefit when we open… Read more »

Events: Welcoming Immigrants with Children’s Literature


WELCOMING IMMIGRANTS WITH CHILDREN’S LITERATURE   Saturday, November 10, 2018 11:00 AM Harlow Gallery Hallowell, Maine Sunday, November 18, 2018 4:00 PM PRINT: A Bookstore Portland, Maine Book advocate Kirsten Cappy and author-illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien will share the project they co-founded, I’m Your Neighbor Books, a project encouraging communities to welcome immigrants, refugees, and… Read more »