CMA Stories

October 2018 Reading List: Environmentalism

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.

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

Environmentalism Reading List

The Earth Book written and illustrated by Todd Parr

Printed with recycled materials and non-toxic soy inks, a bright, bold introduction to environmental protection that describes how young people can work together to support the planet.

Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet written and photographed by April Pulley Sayre

A love letter to the Earth shares striking photographic images from around the world that introduce such concepts as nature and science: water, air, light, patterns, curves, shapes, and colors.

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever written by H. Joseph Hopkins and illustrated by Jill McElmurry

Katherine Olivia Sessions brought trees to San Diego and created what eventually became Balboa Park.

What Matters written by Alison Hughes and illustrated by Holly Hatam

Looks at the positive environmental consequences that result from one boy picking up and recycling a small piece of litter on his walk through the park!

10 Things I Can Do To Help My World written and illustrated by Melanie Walsh

A beautifully simple book for small children where transforming pages reveal ten things that everyone can do to help conserve their world.

Peruvian Cultural Festival Reading List

Hector and Hummingbird written and illustrated by Nicholas John Frith

In the mountains of Peru, friends Hector the bear and Hummingbird the hummingbird spend most of their time together, doing the same things, and Hector has had just about enough of it — or has he? Includes a list of animals hidden in the illustrations.

Love and Roast Chicken written and illustrated by Barbara Knutson

In this folktale from the Andes, a clever guinea pig repeatedly outsmarts the fox that wants to eat him for dinner.

Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez

A bilingual version of the classic rhyme set in Peru, where Maria takes her llama to school one day.

Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert written by Gary D. Schmidt and illustrated by David Diaz

The story of Saint Martín de Porres—an endearing tale of perseverance, faith, and triumph over racial and economic prejudice.

Moon Rope: A Peruvian Folktale / Un Lazo A La Luna written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert

A bilingual adaptation of the Peruvian folktale in which Fox and Mole try to climb to the moon on a rope woven of grass.


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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