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September 2019 Reading List: Venezuelan Cultural Festival

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 offers free family programming just down the street from CMA. Check out September’s Reading List inspired by this Sunday’s Venezuelan Cultural Festival from Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger!

The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin, illustrated by Rosana Faría
This Venezuelan import invites readers to imagine living without sight through remarkable illustrations done with raised lines and descriptions of colors based on imagery. Braille letters accompany the illustrations and a full Braille alphabet offers sighted readers help reading along with their fingers.

Count With Me: 1 to 10 written and illustrated by Ana Palmero Cáceres
Learn to count using numbers using the designs from the baskets of the Ye’kuana people who live in southern Venezuela.

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln written by Magarita Engle, illustrated by Rafel López
Looks at the life and accomplishments of young Venezuelan Teresa Carreño, one of the most famous pianists who, by age nine, performed for President Abraham Lincoln at the White House.

The Day You Begin written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López
Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

Great Big Guinea Pigs written and illustrated by Susan L. Roth
A guinea pig tells her child the true story of giant guinea pigs that lived in Venezuela about eight million years ago.

Thank You, Crow by Michael Minkovitz, illustrated by Jose D. Medina
Sebastian and Crow discover that friends can be found in the unlikeliest of places and that a little kindness and imagination go a long way.


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. 


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