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December’s Reading List

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 for next month’s Reading List where we’ll be exploring themes of Leadership with CIVICKIDS and celebrating Brooklyn’s culture with our New York City Cultural Festival.


CIVICKIDS: Histories and Traditions Reading List


The Day You Begin written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Raphael López

A heartwarming book about finding the courage to connect, even when you feel alone. “There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you until the day you begin to share your stories.”


Every Friday written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

Every Friday a father and his son share a special ritual—walking to the neighborhood diner for breakfast. Cozy, comforting, and yummy!


Everybody Cooks Rice written by Norah Dooley, illustrated by Peter J. Thornton

A child is sent to find her younger brother at dinnertime and is introduced to a variety of cultures through encountering the many different ways rice is prepared at the different households visited.


Hello Lighthouse written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds.


How Alma Got Her Name written and illustrated Juana Martine-Neal

When Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela asks her father why her name is so long, she hears the story of her name and learns her family history.


The Keeping Quilt written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco

A homemade quilt ties together the lives of four generations of an immigrant Jewish family, remaining a symbol of their enduring love and faith.


My Family Tree and Me written and illustrated by Dušan Petričić

This one-of-a-kind picture book provides a beautifully simple introduction to the concept of family ancestry. It uses two stories in one to explore a small boy’s family tree: the boy tells the family story of his father’s side starting from the front of the book, and that of his mother’s side starting from the back of the book.


Passing the Music Down by Sarah Sullivan, illustrated by Barry Root

A boy and his family befriend a country fiddler, who teaches the boy all about playing the old tunes, which the boy promises to help keep alive.


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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