How do we support our neighbors when their communities are disparaged or under stress?
New Arrival and New American Literature can provide supportive and true narratives when hurtful and false narratives about immigrants and first-through-third generation Americans arise.
Rapid Response Book Boxes
Readers from inside our New Arrival and New American communities feel more connected when they see their lives reflected on the page. Being seen goes a long way to creating the resiliency that allows a family or student to weather the storms of each news cycle and school day.
Readers from outside affected communities can meet neighbors on the page. Hate does not thrive when a reader’s empathy is engaged.
I’m Your Neighbor Books helps is facilitating these connections with Rapid Response Book Boxes.
When the Asian American community faced hateful words and acts,
we mailed over 400+ books celebrating the diversity, complexity, and joy of Asian American girlhood to 50+ schools and libraries. Read more.
When a New Jersey town was divided in a debate about the hijab,
we sent school libraries copies of In My Mosque, a beautiful book about our Muslim communities. The edition we sent had our signature Welcoming Library Discussion Questions written with community leader and Board Co-President Pious Ali.
When public officials questioned the trustworthiness of Afghan refugees,
we mailed A Galaxy of Sea Stars, a novel about a town that welcomed an Afghan family to 100 schools and libraries. Read more.
When we were seeing Haitians brutally pursued and returned at the border,
we partnered with the Portland Ovations Cultivating Curiosity program. Together we selected and distributed 500 copies of the Haitian American picture book Freedom Soup with our signature Welcoming Library Discussion Questions to Portland, Maine elementary students to celebrate the resiliency of the Haitian people.
Funding to continue this work in 2022 has been provided by
The Maine Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.