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October’s Reading List

You might recognize Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger from Story Time during our monthly cultural festival series. Did you know she also makes a monthly Reading List just for CMA? Take a short walk after your visit, and check out some of the books she recommends at the Hudson Park Library.

Find our October Reading List below. Watch for next month’s Reading List where we’ll be getting ready for our Indigenous Cultural Festival and exploring themes of Equity with CIVICKIDS.

 

CIVICKIDS: Environmentalism

The Earth Book written and illustrated by Todd Parr

Printed with recycled materials and non-toxic soy inks, a bright, bold introduction to environmental protection that describes how young people can work together to support the planet.

Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet  written and photographed by April Pulley Sayre

A love letter to the Earth shares striking photographic images from around the world that introduce such concepts as nature and science: water, air, light, patterns, curves, shapes, and colors.

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever written by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry

Katherine Olivia Sessions brought trees to San Diego and created what eventually became Balboa Park.

What Matters written by Alison Hughes, illustrated by Holly Hatam

Looks at the positive environmental consequences that result from one boy picking up and recycling a small piece of litter on his walk through the park.

10 Things I Can Do To Help My World written and illustrated by Melanie Walsh

A beautifully simple book for small children where transforming pages reveal ten things that everyone can do to help conserve their world.

Peruvian Cultural Festival

Hector and Hummingbird written and illustrated by Nicholas John Frith

In the mountains of Peru, friends Hector the bear and Hummingbird the hummingbird spend most of their time together, doing the same things, and Hector has had just about enough of it—or has he? Includes a list of animals hidden in the illustrations.

Love and Roast Chicken written and illustrated by Barbara Knutson

In this folktale from the Andes, a clever guinea pig repeatedly outsmarts the fox that wants to eat him for dinner.

Maria Had a Little Llama written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez

A bilingual version of the classic rhyme set in Peru, where Maria takes her llama to school one day.

Martín de Porres: A Rose in the Desert written by Gary D. Schmidt, illustrated by David Diaz

The story of Saint Martín de Porres—an endearing tale of perseverance, faith, and triumph over racial and economic prejudice (for older readers).

Moon Rope: A Peruvian Folktale written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert

A bilingual adaptation of the Peruvian folktale in which Fox and Mole try to climb to the moon on a rope woven of grass.

More in CIVICKIDS

  • This month’s CIVICKIDS theme is Histories and Traditions, and the challenge is Cardboard Story Wheels. This project was written by CMA Teaching Artist Yung Oh Le as a way to teach children about taking on different… Read more

  • Colleen Thornbrugh is a teaching artist for the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA)’s community schools outreach program. In Knoxville, many area schools make use of school buildings after hours to provide services, training, and resources to families in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.… Read more

  • The Hudson Park Library is one of CMA's key partners in early learning work in New York City. Children's Librarian Kristy Raffensberger shares a reading list inspired by December's CIVICKIDS theme of Histories and Traditions below.  Watch… Read more

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