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."
-AM, parent

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 to sign up and get monthly updates.


Ship of Souls
by Zetta Elliot

After 11-year-old Dmitri is left orphaned by his beloved mother, he tries to live as the most perfect version of himself in his foster home and at school. His life takes another dramatic turn when he comes upon a mysterious bird in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park—a bird who calls itself Nuru, knows Dimitri’s thoughts, and claims to be a soul held hostage by soldiers during a battle in 1776! 

Meet author Zetta Elliot in person and share thoughts on this historical fantasy that takes kids on a journey to the African Burial Ground to help free a soul imprisoned by ghost soldiers from the American Revolution. After discussion, we’ll visit the Library to look at artifacts related to African Americans in early New York.



Click here to view a list of our past Book Club books


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!

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