CMA Stories

September 2019 Reading List: Belgian Cultural Festival

NYPL Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger creates a Reading List to pair with CMA’s programming each month. Visit Kristy a few blocks away  at the Hudson Park Library to check out some of the books she recommends!

Find our September Reading List below, and catch Kristy reading some of these titles on Sunday, September 22 at our Belgian Cultural Festival. Be on the lookout for next month’s Reading List where we’ll be exploring Venezuelan culture in anticipation of our Venezuelan Cultural Festival on October 6.

Baba Yaga written and illustrated by An Leysen

Baba Yaga, the witch from Slavic mythology, comes to life in this fairy tale. An Leysen draws you into an imaginative story about a wicked witch and a sweet, brave little girl.

The Greatest Skating Race: A World War II Story from the Netherlands written by Louise Borden, illustrated by Niki Daly

During World War II in the Netherlands, a ten-year-old boy’s dream of skating in a famous race allows him to help two children escape to Belgium by ice skating past German soldiers and other enemies.

Manneken Pis: A Simple Story of A Boy Who Peed On A War written and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

Tells the story of the legendary Belgian boy who showed the world just how silly it is to fight.

Oh! written and illustrated by Josse Goffin

Colorful illustrations fold out and transform into imaginative figures.

Roger Is Reading a Book written and illustrated by Koen Van Biesen

Roger wants some peace and quiet so he can read his book, but his neighbor Emily has some hobbies of her own — very loud ones!

Smurfs Off To School written and illustrated by Peyo

Papa Smurf sends the other Smurfs back to school to brush up on their spelling and math skills.

Stories of the Night written and illustrated by Kitty Crowther
First, Little Bear hears the story of the Night Guardian, who lives in the woods and makes sure all animals go to bed. But who tells the Night Guardian when it’s bedtime? Mama Bear tells two more stories to get her little one to sleep.

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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