Empathy for the Struggles of Childhood Immigration

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Author and illustrator Eugene Yelchin writing for The New York Times Book Review profiled the I’m Your Neighbor featured picture books My Two Blankets, Mama’s Nightingale, I’m New Here, and Seeds of Friendship. Read the article. “These books will inspire not just empathy for the struggles of childhood immigration, but admiration for their authors’ and illustrators’… Read more »

Cultural Research: Either the Beginning or the End of the World

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Author’s Note on Research By Terry Farish Either the Beginning or the End of the World delves into a horrific family memory carried over generations. The memory is of family members who starved to death during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge genocide. I’ve been on a long journey into Cambodian history and culture to begin to understand… Read more »

New Immigrants, New Approaches: ALA Resources

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Anne Sibley O’Brien and Kirsten Cappy were delighted to have been the guests of the Association of Library Services for Children at the American Library Association’s annual conference in San Francisco.  We had an intriguing conversation with librarians from all over the country about children’s literature, immigration and I’m Your Neighbor. One result of the conversation… Read more »

Cultural Research: I’m New Here

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“I’m New Here grew in my mind over many years of considering recently-arrived, culturally diverse students, as I interacted with them while creating books, speaking in schools, and evaluating available resources. Though there are many wonderful books featuring individual child immigrants, it seemed to me that in the big picture something was missing. Somehow the emphasis… Read more »

Fuse # Reports on Rise of Latino KidLit

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“So we need diverse books, which at this point in the proceedings shouldn’t really be news to much of anyone.  You know it.  I know it.  But ascertaining progress can be tricky in these matters.  Anyone who works in publishing knows that it takes years and years for books to reach publication.  Read through any… Read more »

I’m Your Neighbor, Portland: Narrative Report

I’m Your Neighbor, Portland was a 2013 Portland, Maine community-wide read and series of public events designed to promote a sense of community among the diverse people who make the port city their home. READ the I’m Your Neighbor, Portland Narrative Report Want to hold your own community-wide read of New Arrival Children’s Literature? Explore book options and… Read more »

I’m Your Neighbor at ALA

Librarians!  We hope you can join I’m Your Neighbor co-founders Kirsten Cappy and Anne Sibley O’Brien at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA! Saturday, 6/27/15 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA. Moscone Convention Center – 3001 (West Building) New Immigrants, New Approaches With continuous news stories… Read more »

One Answer is Through Literature

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Monica Edinger, a fourth-grade teacher in New York City, the author of Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad, and blogger at Educating Alice, reviewed three I’m Your Neighbor-themed books for the New York Times Book Review.  In her opening and closing she spoke beautifully of the mission of these titles. “That the… Read more »

Harry Potter Welcomes Unaccompanied Minors

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Reading Harry Potter increases tolerance? A new study conducted in Italy and England and published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology showed that young people that read J.K. Rowling’s series and discussed sections of the book that deal with prejudice showed improved attitudes towards immigrants, GBLTQ citizens, and other minority groups. More here. Imagine that…. Read more »