I’m Your Neighbor is a project which promotes the use of children’s literature featuring “new arrival” cultures and groups to engage the entire community in a discussion of commonalities and differences.  The project features a recommended list of books and an evolving list of engagement projects for educators, librarians, and community organizations who seek to build bridges.

The goal of the project is to both support communities as their cultural makeup evolves and to create opportunities for children’s literature featuring refugees, immigrants, and “new” marginalized groups.

Curious about the parameters of the books we feature?  Explore those here.

Project Manager:

Consulting Librarian:

  • Kate Cutko, MSW, Library Director at Bowdoinham Public Library (ME)

Content Manager:

  • Antonio Macomber

The project has been envisioned by:

  • Anne Sibley O’Brien, Children’s Book Author, Illustrator, and Educator on Race and Children’s Literature
  • Terry Farish, Children’s Book Author, Adult Author, and former director of the  NH Humanities Council literacy program Connections that serves many immigrants and refugees
  • Reza Jalali, children’s book author and director of multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Southern Maine

The project owes everything to:

  • The dedication and vision of Delanie Honda who organized, curated, and ran this website from its inception until 2014.

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