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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and get monthly updates.
Sunday, April 14, 2-4 pm
The Great American Dust Bowl
by Don Brown
Join author and illustrator Don Brown to explore his stunning graphic novel about the 1930s ecological disaster that swept across the Great Plains and Midwest of the United States—the Dust Bowl.The Great American Dust Bowl weaves together ecological history, the history of the Great Plains, and personal narratives to tell the story of this devastating event and its long-lasting consequences.
After discussion and Q&A, we’ll visit our Library to look at objects related to the book and the history of this manmade environmental crisis.
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!