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March 2020 Reading List: Indian Cultural Festival

This Sunday, March 8, CMA partners with Happy Family, an organization that celebrates the Asian diaspora through food, art, and education, to present performances and interactive workshops all day long. In the meantime, enjoy a curated reading list of children’s books inspired by India from Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger of Hudson Public Library. Learn more about the Indian Cultural Festival here and purchase tickets in advance to skip the line!

Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Evan Turk
How can throwing away a worn-down pencil hurt anyone? With the help of his grandfather, Arun learns how every wasteful act, no matter how small, affects others.

Festival of Colors written by Kabir and Surishtha Sehgal, illustrated by Vashti Harrison
Sibilings Chintoo and Mintoo collect flowers and press the petals into a fine powder as they prepare for Holi, the Indian springtime Festival of Colors.

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth written by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes, illustrated by Sanjay Patel
An original story based on Hindu mythology, this book tells the story about how Ganesha’s love of sweets led to a broken tusk and the writing of the epic poem, the Mahābhārata.

The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh written by Supriya Kelkar, illustrated by Alea Marley
Harpreet Singh has a different color for every mood and occasion, from pink for dancing to bhangra beats to red for courage. He especially takes care with his patka — his turban — smoothing it out and making sure it always matches his outfit. But when Harpreet’s mom finds a new job in a snowy city and they have to move, all he wants is to be invisible. Will he ever feel a happy sunny yellow again?

No Dinner! written and illustrated by Jessica Souhami
A retelling of an Indic folktale in which an old woman outwits a wolf, bear, and tiger who want to eat her.

Priya Dreams of Marigolds and Masala written and illustrated by Meenal Patel
Priya lives in the United States and her family is from India. She feels the magic of the place her family comes from through her Babi Ba’s colorful descriptions of India — from the warm smell of spices to the swish-swish sound of a rustling sari.

Seven Blind Mice written and illustrated by Ed Young
In this retelling of the Indian fable, seven blind mice discover different parts of an elephant and argue about its appearance.

Thread of Love written by Kabir and Surishtha Sehgal, illustrated by Zara Gonzalez Hoang
Three siblings enjoy the Indian festival of Raksha Bandhan, a celebration of the special relationship between brothers and sisters, in this reinterpretation of the song Frère Jacques.

The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk written by Kabir and Surishtha Sehgal, illustrated by Jess Golden
In this twist on the classic song “The Wheels on the Bus,” the wheels on the tuk tuk go round and round all over the city in India.

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 program is in partnership with Happy Family, an organization that celebrates the Asian diaspora through food, art, and education to present interactive workshops.

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