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I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in I'm Your Neighbor News, Welcoming Library | 3 comments

I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library

  The I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library is a portable book collection and display of acclaimed picture books featuring the immigrant, refugee, or “new arrival” experience. This pilot traveling library will be made available to Maine school and public libraries for monthly loan starting in September 2017. Given the national conversation about immigration, the I’m Your Neighbor Welcoming Library seeks to raise awareness and build sensitivity for all ages through children’s literature. “The true meeting takes place when the book opens, and a stranger reads about —...

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What It’s Like to Be a Refugee

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Refugee/Immigration Literature (Articles) | Comments Off on What It’s Like to Be a Refugee

What It’s Like to Be a Refugee

  Children’s book author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich shares “Books to Help Kids Understand What It’s Like to Be a Refugee” in an article for Brightly. What favorite book for building understanding?...

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This in an Executive Order: Read 4 Picture Books

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on This in an Executive Order: Read 4 Picture Books

This in an Executive Order: Read 4 Picture Books

I’m Your Neighbor is a website offering children’s immigration stories and books. It is not a site about global or even American politics.  But immigration is a deeply political issue in America and across the globe. Is I’m Your Neighbor about to get political?  I don’t know.  You might need to tell me. This is what I do know.  Stories and books exist to explain things to us, to help us to stop being afraid of things, and to help us feel something for someone we have never met. Stories and books are part of our global culture because they build knowledge, confidence, and empathy.  The world...

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Dominican American Book Awarded

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on Dominican American Book Awarded

Dominican American Book Awarded

  Congratulations to I’m Your Neighbor co-founder Terry Farish for receiving an Honor from the Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children for her picture book Luis Paints the World (Lerner). The award was established to “promote and recognize fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and...

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Collective American Voice: Citizenship Ceremony, Maine

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in I'm Your Neighbor News, Theme: Celebration, Theme: Citizenship, Theme: Immigration | Comments Off on Collective American Voice: Citizenship Ceremony, Maine

Collective American Voice: Citizenship Ceremony, Maine

Following is the keynote address by author Maria Testa for the Citizenship Ceremony held at Portland Public Library, Portland, ME on March 10, 2016 It is an extraordinary honor to welcome new Americans to our country. What we are witnessing today is, in fact, a tremendous gift to our country. You have honored all of us by choosing to become Americans. Those of you who are familiar with my work as a writer know that I have been exploring the ideal of America – and the question of who is an American – for quite some time. In my explorations, I have sometimes looked to my own family, my own...

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I’m New Here: Classroom & Community Guide to Welcoming Immigrants

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Ages 05 and up, Engagement Projects | Comments Off on I’m New Here: Classroom & Community Guide to Welcoming Immigrants

I’m New Here: Classroom & Community Guide to Welcoming Immigrants

View & Download I’m New Here: Creating a Conversation About Welcoming Immigrants & Refugees: A Classroom or Community Event Kit Reader Engagement Project: THE BOOK Maria is from Guatemala, Jin is from Korea, and Fatima is from Somalia. All three are new to their American elementary school, and each has trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense of their home country, language, and identity....

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I’m Your Neighbor Creates Video on Welcoming

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Ages 07 and up, Author / Illustrator Research, Engagement Projects | Comments Off on I’m Your Neighbor Creates Video on Welcoming

I’m Your Neighbor Creates Video on Welcoming

By Anne Sibley O’Brien While the book trailer remains a popular way to promote picture books, Kirsten Cappy and I wanted to create a video that might matter to the mission of my picture book, I’m New Here.  Could we model conversations with elementary school children on the universality of “feeling new” and on simple ways to be “welcoming”? It was such a pleasure to do this project with Fred Okot Ben, a young videographer whose work is mostly in music videos. Fred’s qualifications for this project include his own history; his Sudanese family came to...

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I’m New Here: Celebrated for National Welcoming Week

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Events & Programs | Comments Off on I’m New Here: Celebrated for National Welcoming Week

I’m New Here: Celebrated for National Welcoming Week

Portland School Children Star in Video on Immigration to Premiere During “National Welcoming Week” Portland, ME—“Being new feels happy, shy and scared,” said a Portland third grader in a recent interview. This summer, thirty-five Hall School children shared their feelings about being “new,” being a new arrival and what it looks like to be welcoming to new arrivals with Maine author/illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien. The video, featuring their thoughtful responses, will premiere at the Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium on Saturday, September 19th at 2:00PM in celebration of National...

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Empathy for the Struggles of Childhood Immigration

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in Refugee/Immigration Literature (Articles), Theme: Immigration, Theme: Learning English | Comments Off on Empathy for the Struggles of Childhood Immigration

Empathy for the Struggles of Childhood Immigration

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’ ingenuity as well.” —Eugene Yelchin, The New York Times Book...

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

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Afghanistan, Ages 13 and up, Asia (Southeast), Author / Illustrator Research, Cambodian, Cambodian American | 1 comment

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

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 what this memory could mean to a young girl two generations later. The books I read and sources I interviewed tell a story themselves about my focus. It wasn’t on the wars, but on living after surviving them. I had read widely on wars in...

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New Immigrants, New Approaches: ALA Resources

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in * I'm Your Neighbor, Events & Programs, I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on New Immigrants, New Approaches: ALA Resources

New Immigrants, New Approaches: ALA Resources

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 is that we need more populations listed on the website—Chinese American, Indian American, and more!  We welcome your input on populations and titles here. Following are some of the the materials that...

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Cultural Research: I’m New Here

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Ages 05 and up, Author / Illustrator Research, Guatemalan American, Korean American, Somali American, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cultural Research: I’m New Here

Cultural Research: I’m New Here

“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 was on what immigrant children needed to acquire, as if they arrived as blank slates, needing to be filled. I wanted to focus on the strengths these children already had, leading rich and complex lives in their...

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15th Anniversary of The Breadwinner

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Afghani, Afghanistan, Author / Illustrator Research | Comments Off on 15th Anniversary of The Breadwinner

15th Anniversary of The Breadwinner

This slideshow requires JavaScript. Deborah Ellis reflects of the 15th Anniversary of The Breadwinner below and Groundwood Books releases beautiful new covers for the series. “It’s been thirty-six years since the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. It’s been twenty-six years since their departure marked the start of the bloody civil war. It’s been nineteen years since the capture of Kabul by the Taliban army, and fourteen years since that terrible day in September that unleashed events leading to the Taliban’s removal from power. That’s an awful lot of war for a country that’s barely the...

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I’m Your Neighbor, Portland: Narrative Report

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Engagement Projects, Events & Programs, I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on I’m Your Neighbor, Portland: Narrative Report

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 contact...

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I’m Your Neighbor at ALA

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Events & Programs | Comments Off on I’m Your Neighbor at ALA

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 and rhetoric about “illegal” immigrants and “Islamification” of the Western world, how you change the conversation about “new arrivals” and welcome our diverse neighbors into the library community?  This workshop will present...

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One Answer is Through Literature

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Refugee/Immigration Literature (Articles) | Comments Off on One Answer is Through Literature

One Answer is Through Literature

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 world can be a harsh place is unquestionable. For those of us who live in relative comfort, far from lands coping with brutal ethnic conflict and severe deprivation, the images of suffering are heart-wrenching, all the more when children are affected. With little or...

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Recommended Reading List from School Library Journal

Posted by on Oct 19, 2013 in Refugee/Immigration Literature (Articles) | Comments Off on Recommended Reading List from School Library Journal

School Library Journal recently published a selection of books featuring experiences of war, both from the perspective of home and abroad. The selection is categorized by age and has both fiction and non fiction titles. This list includes books already featured on I’m Your Neighbor, such as Mali Under the Night Sky, Escaping the Tiger, and A Game for Swallows in addition to titles not present in our database. It provides a great resource for those searching for more books featuring the experiences of children in the midst of...

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Teaching Tolerance on Contemporary Immigration

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Engagement Projects | Comments Off on Teaching Tolerance on Contemporary Immigration

Teaching Tolerance on Contemporary Immigration

How is immigration taught in American classrooms today? Many of us are familiar with lesson plans of Ellis Island but while Ellis Island is an integral part to American history, it does not reflect the experience or demographic of immigrants coming to the United States in 2013. Additionally, with so much in the news about illegal immigrants and the debates in Congress, how do teachers approach this subject? Recently, the organization Teaching Tolerance launched a new series that seeks to address these questions, creating lesson plans that focus on contemporary immigration in the United...

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I’m Your Neighbor at 2013 ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair

Posted by on Jul 6, 2013 in I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on I’m Your Neighbor at 2013 ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair

I’m Your Neighbor at 2013 ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair

Last weekend I’m Your Neighbor took to the skies and traveled to Chicago for the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Conference. I’m Your Neighbor was selected to be a presenter at the Diversity and Outreach Fair on Saturday afternoon, along side programs such as the Coretta Scott King Book Award Committee, REFORMA and the Chinese American Librarians Association. ALA says, “The Fair highlights library services to underserved or underrepresented communities, including people with disabilities; poor and homeless populations; people of color; English-language learners;...

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“I’m Your Neighbor” and Inclusion

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in I'm Your Neighbor News | Comments Off on “I’m Your Neighbor” and Inclusion

“I’m Your Neighbor” and Inclusion

By Anne Sibley O’Brien, Children’s Book Author & Illustrator, Author Adviser, I’m Your Neighbor, Blogger at COLORING BETWEEN THE LINES: REFLECTIONS ON RACE, CULTURE AND CHILDREN’S BOOKS One issue that is likely to surface in a discussion of building bridges between “new arrival” and “long-term communities” is: Who is identified as part of each community? Who might be left out? Those questions encompass these issues: – Members of some long-term groups may feel that, due to race and/or class barriers, they have yet to be “welcomed,” and...

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