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March Reading List

You might recognize Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger from Story Time during our monthly cultural festival series. Did you know she also makes a monthly Reading List just for CMA? Take a short walk after your visit, and check out some of the books she recommends at the Hudson Park Library. This month’s CIVICKIDS theme is Identity and we’ll be celebrating Yemeni culture on Sunday, March 10

Find our March Reading List below. Watch for next month’s Reading List where we’ll be getting ready for our Bangladeshi Cultural Festival and exploring themes of Sustainability with CIVICKIDS.




Dress Like A Girl written by Patricia Toht, illustrated by Lorian Tu-Dean

Explores the concept of dressing “like a girl,” in which girls dress in space suits, police officer uniforms, and laboratory coats to prove that girls can be anything they want to be.


I Don’t Want To Be A Frog written by Dev Petty, illustrated by Mike Boldt

A frog who yearns to be any animal that’s cute and warm discovers that being wet, slimy, and full of bugs has its advantages.


Jack (Not Jackie) written by Erica Silverman, illustrated by Holly Hatam

In this heartwarming picture book, a big sister realizes that her little sister, Jackie, doesn’t like dresses or fairies–she likes ties and bugs. Grow with her and her family as they accept that Jackie identifies more as Jack.


Perfectly Norman written and illustrated by Tom Percival

Norman is thrilled to discover he grew a pair of wings overnight, but his excitement turns to doubt when he realizes he is now different from everyone else, causing him to question whether there is such thing as perfectly normal.


Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great written and illustrated by Bob Shea

Feeling overshadowed by Unicorn, who is able to fly to school and turn rain into cupcakes, Goat reluctantly shares a piece of pizza with his rival and learns that being a unicorn is more challenging than expected.


Yemeni Cultural Festival


The Answered Prayer and Other Yemenite Folktales collected by Sharlya Gold and Mishael Maswari Caspi, illustrated by Marjory Wunsch

A collection of traditional tales from the Jewish communities in Yemen.


Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes written by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

In simple rhyming text a young Muslim girl guides the reader through the traditions and shapes of Islam.


Our Rights: How Kids Are Changing the World written and illustrated by Janet Wilson

Profiles ten children around the world, from the United States to Yemen, who have taken on the role of social activist.


We Visit Yemen written by Claire O’Neal

Explores the country’s history, geography, government, religion, and, most importantly, people.


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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