Reading into History
"In addition to the self esteem this opportunity provided, [this program] was of enormous educational value. . .Reading these books has really given us a springboard to explore. . .important time periods in history."
Reading Into History
Ages 9 – 12
Love reading books about the people and places in American history? Want to discuss them with other history fans and their authors? Want to explore real museum artifacts from the time you've been reading about? Then Reading into History is a family book club for history detectives like you.
Each month families read an historical fiction or nonfiction book at home. At the end of each month, families can attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book; see cool museum artifacts and original documents that bring the book to life; and meet other history detectives, authors, and other special guests! Past author guests have included Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, Phillip Hoose, Kirby Larson, Tim Tingle and Avi, just to name a few! Readers can also check out author interviews on our History Detectives blog.
Book wraps are held on Sundays from 2-4 pm most months except July. See our family programs calendar for exact dates for each wrap. Want to join the book club email list? email email@example.com to sign up and get monthly updates.
It Ain’t So Awful Falafel
by Firoozeh Dumas
After a rocky start, Cindy (Zomorod to her parents) finds a comfortable niche in her California middle school until political upheaval and revolution in Iran reach the United States, threatening her future and her family’s safety. Dumas will be here in person to discuss her enthralling tale of Cindy, a young girl from Iran whose adjustment to life in this country is made difficult by the revolution and turmoil in her home country.
Join us for our Reading Into History Family Book Club on April 29 when author Firoozeh Dumas, winner of our inaugural 2017 New Americans Children’s History Book Prize, will be here in person to discuss her captivating book. Afterwards, you’ll have the chance to ask Dumas about her writing and her semi-autobiographical novel, then we’ll head to the Library to see special objects related to the Iranian Revolution.
HISTORY DETECTIVE BLOG
If your family loves American history, visit our History Detectives blog! You'll learn about upcoming family programs, read interviews with book club authors and other experts, and get a family-friendly perspective on our Museum collections and historical topics. Go to the Blog!