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February’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 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 February Reading List below, and catch Kristy reading some of these titles on Sunday, February 10th at our Vietnamese Cultural Festival. Watch for next month’s Reading List where we’ll be getting ready for our Yemeni Cultural Festival and exploring themes of Identity with CIVICKIDS.


CIVICKIDS: Kindness and Caring

Come With Me written by Holly McGhee, illustratedby Pascal Lemaître

Frightened by news of angry people around the world, a young girl gets her parents’ help in learning to be compassionate and brave a little at a time.

Goat’s Coat written by Tom Percival, illustrated by Christine Pym

When Alfonzo the goat discovers a host of creatures who need help, he doesn’t hesitate. Using his precious, much-loved coat, he finds ways to solve their problems. But soon he’s down to the last thread and it starts to snow…

Hey Little Ant written by Philip and Hannah Hoose, illustrated by Debbie Tilley

When a little boy sets out to squish an ant, the trembling ant pleads for his life.

I Walk With Vanessa: A Story of a Simple Act of Kindnesswritten and illustrated by Kerascoët

An elementary school girl witnesses the bullying of another girl, but she is not sure how to help.

Rabbit’s Gift: A Fable From China retold by George Shannon, illustrated by Laura Dronzek

Woodland animals, each thinking of his neighbor, share a turnip left on their doorstep.


Vietnamese Cultural Festival

The Adventures of Kubi written and illustrated by Erik Speyer

Kubi is a smart, inquisitive white puppy who lives with all his friends on a farm in Vietnam.

Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnamwritten Sherry Garland, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

With power, humor, and grace, Garland shares six of her favorite folktales of Vietnam. Passed down through the ages, these colorful stories depict the rich history, tribal customs, explanations of natural phenomena, and values so important to the Vietnamese people.

A Different Pondwritten by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui

As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father’s long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Between hope-filled casts, Bao’s father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam.

Why Ducks Sleep on One Leg writtenby Sherry Garland, illustrated by Jean and Mou-Sien Tseng

A Vietnamese folktale explaining why ducks sleep on one leg.


Black Culture Festival

Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan

In a story of the Ila people, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them.

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.

Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins

A lyrical, empowering poem that celebrates black children and seeks to inspire all young ones to dream big and achieve their goals.

Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone by Alice Briere-Haquet

Shared as a lullaby to her daughter, a soulful song recounts Simone’s career, the trials she faced as an African American woman, and the stand she took during the Civil Rights Movement.

Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-Ins written by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, illustrated by Jade Johnson

An inspirational story of the celebrated civil rights leader, Clara Luper, who led one of the first lunch-counter sit-ins in America.

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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