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January Reading List: NYC Cultural Festival

We’re thrilled to partner with our friends at the Hudson Park Library each month to present a reading list inspired by our cultural festival series. This month’s reading list, selected by Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger, is inspired by our upcoming NYC Cultural Festival on Sunday, January 26, which will celebrate traditional and contemporary arts of Chinatown.

B is for Brooklyn written and illustrated by Selina Alko

An ABC tour of the New York borough celebrates a range of definitive regional highlights, from Coney Island and Prospect Park to jazz music and bagels.

Bodega Cat written and illustrated by Louie Chin

Told from the perspective of a spunky bodega-dwelling cat name Chip, this picture book story describes the ins and outs of a bustling neighborhood market filled with interesting friends, great food, hard work, and lots of fun.

Chinatown written and illustrated by William Low

A boy and his grandmother wind their way through the streets of Chinatown, enjoying all the sights and smells of the Chinese New Year’s Day.

Gai See: What You Can See in Chinatown written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by Yangsook Choi

In illustrations and rhyming text, this book depicts the vivid sights, sounds, and smells of a Saturday morning outdoor market in Chinatown.

A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park written and illustrated by Ashley Benham Yazdani

How did Central Park become a vibrant gem in the heart of New York City? Follow the visionaries behind the plan as it springs to green life.

Julián is a Mermaid written and illustrated by Jessica Love

A young boy is enchanted by the costumed mermaids he sees on the NYC subway.

The Knish War on Rivington Street written by Joanne Oppenheim and illustrated by Jon Davis

As each knishery tries to outdo the other, Benny helps his papa realize there’s room on Rivington Street for more than one knishery. Based on a true story from 1916!

Madlenka written and illustrated by Peter Sís

Madlenka, whose neighbors include the French baker, the Indian news vendor, and the Italian ice-cream man, learns that going around the block is like taking a trip around the world.

Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island written and illustrated by Jennifer Thermes

An innovative look back through time — follows the history of Manhattan Island from its natural formation to the bustling city today.

This Is My Eye: A New York Story written and photographed by Neela Vaswani

Take a journey through New York City— shapes, colors, patterns, and people are everywhere! — and things look different depending on who is doing the looking.



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.

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