CMA Stories

April’s Reading List

NYPL Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger creates a Reading List to pair with CMA’s programming themes each month. Visit Kristy a few blocks away from CMA at the Hudson Park Library to check out some of the books she recommends!

Find our April Reading List below, and catch Kristy reading some of these titles on Sunday, April 7th at our Bangladeshi Cultural Festival. Watch for next month’s Reading List where we’ll be getting ready for our Japanese Cultural Festival and exploring themes of Celebration with CIVICKIDS.


CIVICKIDS: Sustainability


Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World written and illustrated by Allan Drummond

It’s windy on the Danish island of Samsø. Meet the environmentally friendly folks who, in a few short years, worked together for energy independence, and who now proudly call their home Energy Island.


Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rainforest written and illustrated by Lynn Cherry

The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an axe of the importance of not cutting down their home.


Jane Goodall written and illustrated by Sánchez Vegara, María Isabel

When Jane was little, her father gave her a toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. This inspired her lifelong love of animals, and she went to study them in the wild as soon as she could.


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.


Water’s Children written Angèle Delaunois, illustrated by Gérard Frischeteau

Around the world, 12 young people describe what water means to them. The descriptions are as varied as the landscapes the speakers inhabit, but each of them also expresses, in their own language, a universal truth: Water is life.




Bangladeshi Cultural Festival


Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea written by Elizabeth Suneby, illustrated by Rebecca Green

It’s monsoon season in Bangladesh, and that means Iqbal’s mother must cook indoors over an open flame, even though the smoke is making his family sick. When Iqbal learns about a science fair, with the theme of sustainability, he is determined to win first prize.


Rising Seas: Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World written by Keltie Thomas

An eye-popping view of what the Earth might look like under the rising and falling water levels of climate change. Photographs juxtapose the present-day with that same area’s projected future.


Twenty-Two Cents written by Paula Yoo, illustrated by Jamel Akib

Growing up in Bangladesh, Muhammad Yunus witnessed extreme poverty all around and was determined to eradicate it.


Under My Hijab written by Hena Khan, illustrated by Aailya Jaleel

To help better understand the Muslims in Bangladesh, a young girl observes that each of six women in her life wears her hijab and hair in a different way. She considers how to express her own style one day.



This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google. 


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