CMA Stories

July Reading List

NYPL Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger 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 July Reading List below, and catch Kristy reading some of these titles on Sunday, July 14 at our Greek Cultural Festival. Watch for next month’s Reading List where we’ll be exploring themes of Empowerment with CIVICKIDS.

CIVICKIDS: Compassion

14 Cows for America written by Carmen Agra Deedy with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomh, illustrated by Thomas Gonzales
Maasai tribal members, after hearing the story of the September 11th attacks from a young Massai who was in New York on that day, decide to present the American people with fourteen sacred cows as a healing gift.

Grandfather Gandhi written by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hedegus, illustrated by Evan Turk
Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light.

How To Heal A Broken Wing written and illustrated by Bob Graham
When Will finds a bird with a broken wing, he takes it home and cares for it, hoping in time it will be able to return to the sky.

The Rabbit Listened written and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld
When Taylor’s block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling.

We Are All Dots: A Big Plan for a Better World written and illustrated by Giancarlo Macri and Carolina Zanotti
When a set of prosperous dots on one page and another set of impoverished dots on the other meet, readers are taken through their struggle to bridge their differences.

Greek Cultural Festival Reading List

D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths written and illustrated by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
A classic, which introduces the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece.

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems Written About Greek Myths written Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josée Masse
Read one way, each poem tells the story of a familiar myth; but when read in reverse, the poems reveal a new point of view!

Max and Ruby in Pandora’s Box written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells
Ruby tries to stop her younger brother Max from sneaking into her room and snooping by reading him an altered version of “Pandora’s Box.”

Mr. Semolina-Semolinus retold by Anthony L. Manna and Christodoula Mitakidou, illustrated by Giselle Potter
Areti, a Greek princess, makes a man fit for her to love from almonds, sugar, and semolina, but when he is stolen away by a jealous queen, Areti searches the world for him.

Quiet in the Garden written and illustrated by Aliki
Greek author/illustrator Aliki writes of a little boy sitting quietly in his garden, observing the eating habits of birds, bugs, butterflies, and other small animals.

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. This month of CIVICKIDS activity is sponsored by Trinity Church at Wall St.


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