CMA Stories

May 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 Celebration and we’ll be celebrating Japanese culture on Sunday, May 5

Find our May Reading List below. Watch for next month’s Reading List where we’ll be getting ready for our Ethiopian Cultural Festival and exploring themes of Reflection with CIVICKIDS!

CIVICKIDS: Celebration Reading List 

Celebrate You! written by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by A.N. Kang

This charming new picture book celebrates all the small but important milestones on the way to growing up, from the first wobbly baby steps to the time when they’re ready to leave the nest.

 Happy Pig Day! written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Piggie celebrates her favorite day of the year, but Gerald the elephant is sad, thinking that he cannot join the fun.

Rah Rah Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant written and illustrated by April Pulley Sayre

Photographs of vegetables and rhyming text celebrate vegetables in all their colorful and tasty variety.

Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish written by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

A child presents ten essential rules of birthday wishes, from planning the right party through having the right dessert—with a candle to blow out—to keeping the wish secret.

Tiny, Perfect Things written by M.H. Clark, illustrated by Madeline Kloepper

Childlike curiosity transforms ordinary days into extraordinary adventures.

Japanese Cultural Festival Reading List 

The Beckoning Cat written by Koko Nishizuka, illustrated by Roseanne Litzinger

A retelling of the traditional Japanese tale describing the origins of the beckoning cat and how it came to be a symbol of good luck. 

I Really Want To See You, Grandma written and illustrated by Taro Gomi

Yumi and her grandmother really want to see each other, but when they both set out from their homes at the same time they keep missing each other.

Magic Ramen: The True Story of Momofuku Ando written by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz

Inspiration struck when Momofuku Ando spotted the long lines for a simple bowl of ramen following World War II. The story behind the creation of instant ramen noodle soup. 

Natsumi! written by Susan Lendroth, illustrated by Priscilla Burris
The festival of traditional Japanese arts is coming up, and little Natsumi’s big personality is too much for her family’s quieter traditions, until her grandfather introduces her to taiko drumming.

Yoko’s Paper Cranes written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells

When Yoko moves from Japan to California, she decides to make and send origami swans to her grandmother for her birthday.

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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