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January’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 January Reading List below, and catch Kristy and Queens Democratic County Committee member Nora Gomez-Strauss reading some of these titles on Sunday, January 27 at our NYC Culture Festival. Watch for next month’s Reading List where we’ll be getting ready for our Black Culture Festival, our Vietnamese Cultural Festival, and exploring themes of Kindness & Caring with CIVICKIDS.


CIVICKIDS: Leadership Reading List


Don’t Cross the Line! written by Isabel Minhós Martins, illustrated by Bernardo Caravalho

This slapstick postmodern tale is also a profound statement about dictatorship and peaceful revolution, from an award-winning author/illustrator team.


Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World, written and illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Presents the lives of 35 women leaders in various fields, including profiles of Ada Lovelace, Bessie Blount Griffin, Yayoi Kosama, and Calypso Rose.


Imogene’s Last Stand, written by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

Enamored of history, young Imogene tries to save her town’s historical society from being demolished in order to build a shoelace factory. Includes notes about historical leaders quoted in the story.


The Queen of the Frogs, written by Davide Calì, illustrated by Marco Somà

A little frog finds a crown at the bottom of the pond and declares herself queen, but the other frogs question her authority. A modern fable about the concept of leadership and the importance of humility.


What Do You Do With An Idea? written by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom

The story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child’s confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens.



New York City Cultural Festival Reading List


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.


Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing, written by Kay A. Haring, illustrated by Robert Neubecker

The story of the NYC subway artist who rose to fame.


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.


Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx, written by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez

The inspiring story of Sonia Sotomayor who rose up from a childhood of poverty and prejudice to become the first Latino to be nominated to the US Supreme Court. (bilingual in Spanish)


This is New York, written and illustrated by M. Sasek

A pictorial tour of Manhattan presenting drawings of its neighborhoods, transportation and traffic, buildings, and the city’s activities, from the local shoeshine stall to Wall Street.



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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