I’m Your Neighbor Books: Immigration Children’s Literature
If you are a frequent Classroom Bookshelf reader, you have likely noticed that over the past year we have posted a range of entries about books that reflect the immigrant and refugee experience. This week’s Monday post was devoted to two books: La Frontera and Dreamers. Last spring, we wrote entries on The Night Diary, Escape from Aleppo, Global Literature to Teach Global Understanding, and Islandborn. Last fall and winter, we wrote about Wishtree and Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix. We have other titles in store for the months ahead.
Over the summer, I met Kirsten Cappy, creator of the I’m You’re Neighbor Project. The mission? “Welcoming immigrants, refugees, and migrants as neighbors through the sharing of children’s literature and other stories.” Classroom Bookshelf readers may be interested in the books Kristen has curated as part of this project. Perhaps your school is interested in inviting the “Welcoming Library” to your community? Or, you can use the book list to expand your collection. Or, you can order labels for the spines of books you already have, to make your classroom or school library more neighbor-friendly.
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About Mary Ann Cappiello
Mary Ann is a professor of language and literacy at Lesley University. A former public school language arts and humanities teacher, she is a passionate advocate for and commentator on children’s books. Mary Ann is the co-author of Teaching with Text Sets (2013) and Teaching to Complexity (2015) and Text Sets in Action: Pathways Through Content Area Literacy (Stenhouse, 2021). She has been a guest on public radio and a consultant to public television. From 2015-2018, Mary Ann was a member of the National Council of Teachers of English's Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction (K-8) Committee, serving two years as chair.
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