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June Reading List

The Hudson Park Library is one of CMA’s key partners in early learning in New York City. Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger shares a reading list inspired by June’s CIVICKIDS theme of Reflection and our upcoming Ethiopian Cultural Festival on Sunday, June 2. 

Watch for next month’s Reading List where we will explore themes of Compassion with CIVICKIDS and celebrate Greek Culture at our Greek Cultural Festival on July 14!

CIVICKIDS: Reflection

The Book of Mistakes written and illustrated by Corinna Luyken
As an artist creatively incorporates her slip ups into a drawing, readers see the ways in which ‘mistakes’ can provide inspiration and opportunity, and reveal that both the art and artist are works-in-progress.

The Enemy: A Book About Peace written and illustrated by Davide Cali
After watching an enemy for a very long time, a soldier finally creeps out into the night to the other man’s trench and is surprised to find the enemy is not so different from himself.

The Happy Book written and illustrated by Andy Rash
Both funny and thoughtful, this book supports social-emotional learning. It keeps young readers company no matter how they’re feeling!

Grandpa’s Stories written by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Allison Colpoys
A young girl reflects on a year of exploring and laughing with her beloved Grandpa, remembering many special moments as she seeks a way to honor him after his death.

Should I Share My Ice Cream? written and illustrated by Mo Willems
Gerald the elephant has a big decision to make. Would you do the same as him?

Ethiopian Cultural Festival

E Is For Ethiopia written and photographed by Ashenafi Gudeta, Betelhem Abate, Ataklti Mulu and Dama Boro
Presents an A-to-Z illustrated look at some of the people, places, items, and customs of Ethiopia.

The Lion’s Whiskers written by Nancy Raines Day, illustrated by Ann Grifalconi
In this tale from the Amhara people of Ethiopia, a patient woman uses her experience with a wild lion to win the love of her new stepson.

Lucy Long Ago written by Catherine Thimmesh
This story of scientific sleuthing invites older readers to wonder what our ancestors were like and recounts the discovery (in Hadar) of the remains of Lucy, the world’s most famous hominid.

Trouble written by Jane Kurtz, illustrated by Durga Berhnard
A retelling of a traditional Eritrean tale (which the author heard growing up in Ethiopia) in which a young goatherd disobeys his father by inadvertently trading away the board game that was supposed to keep him out of trouble.

Who Is King?: The Magical Stories from Africa written by Beverley Naidoo, illustrated by Piet Grobler
A collection of ten stories of African folklore, from Amharic and Arabic tales to Shona and Zulu lore.


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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