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November’s Reading List

CMA extends a huge thank you to our friends at the Hudson Park Library. We’re proud to partner with our local NYPL branch, who regularly offer free family programming— like their recent Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Halloween Party, pictured above! Check out November’s Reading List from Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger, AKA Willy Wonka, below.

We invite you to join us at our Indigenous Peoples Cultural Festival this Sunday, November 4, where Kristy will be reading books by Indigenous authors at 12:15 pm. Take a short walk after your visit, and check out some of the books she recommends from the Hudson Park Library.

Watch for next month’s Reading List where we’ll be exploring themes of Histories & Traditions with CIVICKIDS.


CIVICKIDS: Equity Reading List


I Am Enough written by Grace Byers, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo

A story of loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another.


Faith: Five Religions and What They Share written and photographed by Dr. Richard Steckel and Michele Steckel

Traces the historical origins, beliefs, and traditions of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, while simultaneously exploring the values, customs, and symbols shared by all five faiths.


Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness written and illustrated by Anastasia Higginbotham

A weighty picture book that invites white children and parents to become curious about racism, accept that it’s real, and cultivate justice. 


Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability written by Shane Burcaw, photographs by Matt Carr

Answers the questions young children ask Shane Burcaw about his wheelchair and life with Spinal Muscular Atrophy with equal parts optimism, humor, and empathy.


The Pink Hat written and illustrated by Andrew Joyner

When a pink hat is swiped out of a knitting basket by a pesky kitten, and blown into a tree by a strong wind, it finally makes its way onto the head of a young girl marching for women’s equality.


Indigenous Peoples Cultural Festival Reading List


Chukfi Rabbit’s Big Bad Bellyache: A Trickster Tale by Greg Rodgers, illustrated by Leslie Stall Widener

A classic trickster tale in the Choctaw tradition.


“Fall In Line, Holden!” written and illustrated by Andrew Vandever

The story of a young Navajo student venturing through boarding school. While surrounded by a world that requires him to conform and follow strict rules, Holden creates a different world in his imagination.


Rabbit’s Snow Dance: A Traditional Iroquois Story by James & Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by Jeff Newman

A spritely telling of why Rabbit’s tail is short.


We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga written by Traci Sorrell, illustrated by Frané Lessac

The Cherokee community is grateful for blessings and challenges that each season brings. This is modern Native American life as told by an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. 


You Hold Me Up written by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Danielle Daniel

Encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions. The author’s note ties in the history of residential schools for Indigenous children.

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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