Events: 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 1st-3rd generation Americans as neighbors through the sharing of children’s literature. The website features picture books through young adult novels portraying the contemporary immigrant experience, and enrichment activities to further the discussion.

They will present the newest project of I’m Your Neighbor Books, the Welcoming Library, a pop-up community conversation using immigration-themed picture books and their embedded discussion questions. The Welcoming Library can be requested by Maine schools, libraries and community organizations.

The presentation will conclude with Anne Sibley O’Brien‘s sharing of her companion titles, I’m New Here and Someone New, about three young immigrants and their new classmates, along with resources to enrich the books including an event kit, “Creating a Conversation About Welcoming Immigrants & Refugees.”

Kate Cutko, Kirsten Cappy & Anne Sibley O’Brien with the Welcoming Library

Audience members will be able to purchase books to support immigration conversations in area schools.

This event is part of the the Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks & Pathways series of events across the state of Maine.