Recommended for families with kids ages 9-12, free with museum admission
Author Barbara Wright will join us for this meeting to discuss her book. Families will hear from her and see objects and artifacts that were useful to her in her research and writing of the book. Then educators will take families into the galleries and/or the Klingenstein Library to view artifacts related to the history of the black press, race riots, and Reconstruction. The author will also sign attendee’s copies of her book.
Readers follow fictional Moses Thomas, a young African-American boy living in Wilmington, NC through the summer of 1898. When the novel starts, the Thomas family is experiencing the promise of the Reconstruction era, but that tenuous progress is destroyed by the real-life Wilmington Race Riot. Through Moses’s eyes, Wright helps explain the difficult origins of the Jim Crow South, a largely unexplored topic for this age group, to young readers. This book earned starred reviews from School Library Journal, Horn Book Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews, and was a finalist for the 2012 New-York Historical Society Children's History Book Prize
About the Monthly Reading into History Book Club
Each month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together 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 documents related to the book, and meet other history detectives and special guests! Past guests have included authors Walter Dean Myers, Avi, Neela Vaswani, and Donna Jo Napoli.
This program is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.