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.
Inside Out and Back Again
by Thanhha Lai
Ten-year-old Ha is forced to flee Saigon with her mother and three older brothers after her home city falls into a terrible war that has already claimed her father. After an arduous journey, Ha and her family finally land safely in Alabama. But the struggle doesn’t end there.
Join us for book club on November 12, when author Lai joins us to meet families and discuss her book. Then we’ll explore part of the Museum’s landmark exhibition The Vietnam War: 1945-1975 in a family friendly mini-tour.
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!