CMA Stories

August Reading List

CMA extends a huge thank you to our friends at the Hudson Park Library. We’re proud to partner with our local NYPL branch, who regularly offer free family programming. Check out August’s Reading List inspired by our last month of CIVICKIDS from Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger.


CIVICKIDS: Empowerment

Be Who You Are written and illustrated by Todd Parr

Picture book encouraging kids to be proud of what makes them unique, where they come from, and how they express themselves and see the world.

Drum Dream Girl written by Margarita Engel, illustrated by Rafael López

Bursting with vibrance and rhythm, a girl dreams of playing the drums in 1930s Cuba, when the music-filled island had a taboo against female drummers.

I Will Be Fierce! written by Bea Birdsong, illustrated by Nidhi Chanani

A powerful picture book about courage, confidence, kindness, and finding the extraordinary in everyday moments.

Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes written by Eva Chen, illustrated by Derek Desierto

A young girl embarks on an epic journey through time and space, stepping into the shoes of female icons and learns about empowerment.

Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace written and illustrated by James Proimos

Seven-year-old Paulie, an ordinary boy, brings peace to his home and school through small acts of kindness, but needs help to achieve his goal of world peace.

Separate Is Never Equal written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Shares the triumphant story of young Civil Rights activist Sylvia Mendez, an American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage who, at the age of 8, worked with her parents and other community members to file a landmark lawsuit in federal district court to end segregated education in mid-20th-century California.

When You Are Brave written by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler

How to find your courage and use it when life seems frightening or you start something new.

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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