Thematic Resources for CURIOSITY- May 2019

Curiosity Parenting

1. “Looking for Curious George?” You may have thought about the book Curious George for the theme. We did too. However, we followed our curiosity and discovered some there are some disturbing frameworks and story lines at it which made us decide to put it to the side. We encourage you to take the time to explore its challenges for yourself. Here’s a good place to start:
2. Dismantle White Supremacy Culture – Watch the Video of the book “The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales” by Virginia Hamilton (Author), Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon Ph.D. (Illustrator) as a family and talk about it
3. Have a Family Puzzle Night – make a jigsaw puzzle, play games involving puzzles- do a crossword, sudoku, Blokus, Qwirkle, Boggle, and more…
4. Be Curious about Islam – Learn about Ramadan which begins May 5 and/or Visit the Worcester Islamic Center and learn about Islam- Contact them and find out when and how you can visit and learn about your Muslim neighbors and this amazing religious center. 248 East Mountain Street Worcester, MA 01606, Phone: (774) 420-2636, [email protected]

Take it Home with You – Learn about Islam. We have many pamphlets from the Islamic Center of Worcester. Take one or more and be curious about Islam this month. Why Islam this month? The Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins May 5 this year.

Questions for Reflection on topic of Curiosity

1. When it comes to you worrying about the future or being curious about it, which one wins?
2. What or who has kept you curious?
3. Has being curious ever come at a cost for you?
4. As you get older, are you more curious or less?


1. Rev. Kimberly Debus – “We can lean into worry’s opposite – curiosity. As Rabbi Marcia Prager teaches, where worry says, “oh no, what is going to happen?” curiosity says “oh wow! I wonder what will happen!”
2. Shunyru Suzuki – “In the mind of the beginner there are many possibilities, in the mind of the expert there are few.”
3. Mark Causey – “Maybe answers are just resting places on the way to better questions.”
4. Albert Einstein – “I have no special talent. I am just passionately curious.”

1. Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It by Ian Leslie
2. Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything by Philip Ball
3. Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob
4. How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Michael J. Gelb

Children’s Books

1. “The Curious Garden” by Peter Brown as suggested by Corinna Whitaker-Lewis – The garden plants are curious about the wide world around them. Using curiosity and imagination means we can imagine a future of what could be – a greener world.
2. “Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover” by Markus Motum – Our fifth source of our UU living tradition is “Science and Reason.” May we practice curiosity to help us wonder about our universe.
3. Do Not Open!: The Story of Pandora’s Box by Joan Holub (Author), Dani Jones (Illustrator)People have a natural curiosity that causes them to take risks, even when they are aware of the possible dangers.
4. “Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors” by Hena Khan (Author), Mehrdokht Amini (Illustrator)

1. “Into the Wild” On maybe the most important journey of curiosity there is: the search for self-discovery.
2. “Chasing Ice” Getting curious, and serious, about climate change.
3. “Hidden Figures” A long overdue telling of an exceptional combination of courage and curiosity.
4. “Temple Grandin” The celebration of a curious, courageous and wonderfully “not normal” mind.
1. “Open Your Mind” by Melissa Etheridge
2. “Why Georgia” by John Mayer
3. “Upside Down” by Jack Johnson
4. “Natural Machines” by Dan Tepfer

More “WHOLENESS Songs” are found on our May Soul Matters Spotify playlist. Click here to check them out:

Video and Online
1. “Sexplanations” – YouTube Channel devoted to human sexuality education with its mission to help people “Stay Curious” about sexuality. Hosted by Clinical Sexologist Dr. Lyndsey T. Doe
2. “We Need To Be Lost To Find Ourselves” by Jason Silva
3. “Curious about Pandora’s Curiosity?”
4. Which TED Talk are you? Have you ever been curious about which single TED talk was perfect for you alone? Wait no more! Take this quick 6-question quiz and find out which great TED talk matches you best.