CMA Stories

September’s Reading List

Did you know our neighborhood New York Public Library branch creates a Reading List for CMA each month? You might recognize Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger from Story Time during our monthly cultural festival series. She also prepares a fantastic list of books pairing with some of our monthly themes. Visit Kristy a few blocks away from CMA at the Hudson Park Library to check out some of the books she recommends!

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


CIVICKIDS: Civic Engagement

Grace for President written by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

When Grace discovers that there has never been a female U.S. president, she decides to run for school president.

If You’re Going to a March written by Martha Freeman, illustrated by Violet Kim

Answers many questions about participating in a march, including what to wear, how to get there, and why marching is important.

Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights written by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Jared Andrew Schorr

An alphabet book that introduces abstract concepts like “fighting for what you believe in” and turns them into something actionable.

Walking in the City with Jane written by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Valérie Boivin

A fictionalized story of Jane Jacobs through a celebration of New York City life and grassroots activism.

What Can A Citizen Do? written by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Shawn Harris

The rhyming text explores citizenship, showing readers how seemingly unrelated actions, such as planting a tree or joining a cause, can create a community.



Polish Cultural Festival

Fryderyk Chopin written by Catherine Weill, illustrated by Charlotte Voake

Children who can tell stories through their piano playing or singing, or who have ever danced a Polish mazurka, will find that they have much in common with Chopin. Audio CD included.

The Glass Mountain: Tales from Poland retold by David Walser, illustrated by Jan Pieńkowski

Dragons and kings, frogs and spells, witches and mermaids – all the hallmark characters of traditional Polish fairy tales are found in this magical collection. 

Maps by Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński

This book of maps is a visual feast for readers of all ages, with lavishly drawn illustrations. It features borders, cities, rivers, and peaks, but also places of historical and cultural interest, eminent personalities, iconic animals and plants, cultural events, and much more.

My First Book of Polish Words written by Katy R. Kudela

Simple text paired with themed photos invite the reader to learn to speak Polish.

Story of a Bluebird written and illustrated by Tomek Bogacki

When a curious little blue bird overcomes his fear of flying, he learns there are great wonders outside of the nest.



  • 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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